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Every BYU Football Game Ever Played On ESPN

Jun 21, 2021, 3:14 PM | Updated: Apr 21, 2022, 2:17 am
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With ESPN broadcasting the game live, BYU fans made their case for their team that sits outside the Power 5 conferences as an independent school. (Tim Johnson, Deseret News)
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PROVO, Utah – BYU football and ESPN have a long-standing relationship that spans decades. Without ESPN, BYU would never have been able to declare its football independence ten years ago.

ESPN is currently the television partner for all of BYU’s home football games. The current contract runs through the 2026 season.

BYU has been playing games on ESPN dating back to 1981. The Cougars were part of the first-ever live ESPN college football broadcast in 1984 when BYU took down No. 3 Pitt.

Since 1981, BYU has played 101 games on ESPN. That number doesn’t include games on ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ABC, or ESPNU. Just ESPN. BYU has appeared on ESPN 106 times, posting a record of 62-42-2 in those games.

Every BYU Football game played on ESPN

Here’s the full list of games BYU has played on ESPN.

1981*

at Long Beach State, Win, 31-8

Utah State, Win, 32-26

1983*

at UCLA, Win, 37-35

From 1980-1983, ESPN had rights to college football games, but they were tape-delayed. None of the broadcasts were live. So BYU’s historic win at the Rose Bowl, when they simply loved L.A. by taking down Terry Donahue’s UCLA Bruins, was not seen live.

1984

at Pitt, Win, 20-14 (First live college football game on ESPN)

at New Mexico, Win, 48-0

1985

UCLA, Loss, 24-27

at Hawaii, Win, 26-6

1986

at San Diego State, Loss, 3-10

1987

Pitt, Loss, 17-27

Air Force, Win, 24-13

1988

at Wyoming, Loss, 14-24

Texas, Win, 47-6

at Hawaii, Win, 24-23

at Miami, Loss, 17-41

1989

Washington State, Loss, 41-46

Penn State (Holiday Bowl), Loss, 39-50

1990

Miami, Win, 28-21

at Wyoming, Win, 45-14

Texas A&M (Holiday Bowl), Loss, 14-65

1991

at Colorado State, Win, 40-17

at San Diego State, Tie, 52-52

Iowa (Holiday Bowl), Tie, 13-13

1992

San Diego State, Loss, 38-45

1993

Notre Dame, Loss, 20-45

at San Diego State, Win, 45-44

Ohio State (Holiday Bowl), Loss, 21-28

1994

at Air Force, Win, 45-21

San Diego State, Win, 35-28

Oklahoma (Copper Bowl), Win, 31-6

1995

at Air Force, Loss, 12-38

San Diego State, Win, 31-9

at Colorado State, Win, 28-21

1996

at Utah, Win, 37-17

1998

at Alabama, Loss, 31-38

San Diego State, Win, 13-0

Air Force (WAC Championship), Loss, 13-20

Tulane (Liberty Bowl), Loss, 27-41

1999

Washington, Win, 35-28 (First game as a member of the Mountain West Conference)

Colorado State, Win, 34-13

Virginia, Loss, 40-45

Air Force, Win, 27-20

Utah, Loss, 17-20

Marshall (Motor City Bowl), Loss, 3-21

2000

Mississippi State, Loss, 28-44

Wyoming, Win, 19-7

at Colorado State, Loss, 21-45

at Utah, Win, 34-27

2001

Colorado State, Win, 56-34

Louisville (Liberty Bowl), Loss, 10-28

2002

Syracuse, Win, 42-21

at Colorado State, Loss, 10-37

2003

Boise State, Loss, 12-50

2004

Notre Dame, Win, 20-17 (First BYU game televised in High Definition)

USC, Loss, 10-42

at Boise State, Loss, 27-28

2005

California (Las Vegas Bowl), Loss, 28-35

2006

Oregon (Las Vegas Bowl), Win, 38-8

2007

UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl), Win, 17-16

2008

Arizona (Las Vegas Bowl), Loss, 21-31

2009

Oklahoma*, Win, 14-13

Oregon State (Las Vegas Bowl), Win, 44-20

2010

at Utah State, Loss, 16-31

UTEP (New Mexico Bowl), Win, 52-24

2011

at Ole Miss, Win, 14-13 (First game as an FBS Independent)

UCF, Win, 24-17

Utah State, Win, 27-24

TCU*, Loss, 28-38

Tulsa (Armed Forces Bowl), Win, 24-21

2012

Washington State, Win, 30-6

at Boise State, Loss, 6-7

Hawaii, Win, 47-0

Utah State, Win, 6-3

San Diego State (Poinsettia Bowl), Win, 23-6

2013

Boise State, Win, 37-20

at Wisconsin, Loss, 17-27

Washington (Fight Hunger Bowl), Loss, 16-31

2014

at UConn, Win, 35-10

Houston, Win, 33-25

Virginia, Win, 41-33

Utah State, Loss, 20-35

at UCF, Loss, 24-31 (OT)

at Boise State, Loss, 30-55

Memphis (Miami Beach Bowl), Loss, 48-55 (2OT)

2015

Cincinnati, Win, 38-24

2016

Mississippi State, Win, 28-21 (2OT)

at Boise State, Loss, 27-28

Wyoming (Poinsettia Bowl), Win, 24-21

2017

Portland State, Win, 20-6

LSU*, Loss, 0-27

Boise State, Loss, 7-24

2018

at Arizona, Win, 28-23

Western Michigan (Potato Bowl), Win, 49-18

2019

Utah, Loss, 12-30

at Tennessee, Win, 29-26 (OT)

at Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl), Loss, 34-38

2020

at Navy, Win, 55-3

Troy, Win, 48-7

at Houston, Win, 43-26

Texas State, Win, 52-14

Western Kentucky, Win, 41-10

UCF (Boca Raton Bowl), Win, 49-23

2021

Arizona (Las Vegas), Win, 24-16

Utah, Win, 26-17

Arizona State, Win, 27-17

at Baylor, Loss, 24-38

at USC, Win, 35-31

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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