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)
(Tim Johnson, Deseret News)

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.


at Long Beach State, Win, 31-8

Utah State, Win, 32-26


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.


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

at New Mexico, Win, 48-0


UCLA, Loss, 24-27

at Hawaii, Win, 26-6


at San Diego State, Loss, 3-10


Pitt, Loss, 17-27

Air Force, Win, 24-13


at Wyoming, Loss, 14-24

Texas, Win, 47-6

at Hawaii, Win, 24-23

at Miami, Loss, 17-41


Washington State, Loss, 41-46

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


Miami, Win, 28-21

at Wyoming, Win, 45-14

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


at Colorado State, Win, 40-17

at San Diego State, Tie, 52-52

Iowa (Holiday Bowl), Tie, 13-13


San Diego State, Loss, 38-45


Notre Dame, Loss, 20-45

at San Diego State, Win, 45-44

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


at Air Force, Win, 45-21

San Diego State, Win, 35-28

Oklahoma (Copper Bowl), Win, 31-6


at Air Force, Loss, 12-38

San Diego State, Win, 31-9

at Colorado State, Win, 28-21


at Utah, Win, 37-17


at Alabama, Loss, 31-38

San Diego State, Win, 13-0

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

Tulane (Liberty Bowl), Loss, 27-41


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


Mississippi State, Loss, 28-44

Wyoming, Win, 19-7

at Colorado State, Loss, 21-45

at Utah, Win, 34-27


Colorado State, Win, 56-34

Louisville (Liberty Bowl), Loss, 10-28


Syracuse, Win, 42-21

at Colorado State, Loss, 10-37


Boise State, Loss, 12-50


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

USC, Loss, 10-42

at Boise State, Loss, 27-28


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


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


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


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


Oklahoma*, Win, 14-13

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


at Utah State, Loss, 16-31

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


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


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


Boise State, Win, 37-20

at Wisconsin, Loss, 17-27

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


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)


Cincinnati, Win, 38-24


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

at Boise State, Loss, 27-28

Wyoming (Poinsettia Bowl), Win, 24-21


Portland State, Win, 20-6

LSU*, Loss, 0-27

Boise State, Loss, 7-24


at Arizona, Win, 28-23

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


Utah, Loss, 12-30

at Tennessee, Win, 29-26 (OT)

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


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


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 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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