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All-Time Game-By-Game Results In BYU/Arizona Football Series

Sep 3, 2021, 1:07 AM
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BYU's O'Neill recovers an onside kick that gave BYU hope of a comeback but they lost 31 to 21. Brigham Young Cougars take on the University of Arizona Wildcats at the 2008 Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Dec. 20, 2008 Photo by Stuart Johnson

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – When BYU football takes the field Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday night against the Arizona Wildcats, it will mark the 25th meeting all-time between the Cougars and Wildcats. This series dates back to when the two programs were founding members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Time to hop back in time and look at the history of the series that Arizona currently leads 12-11-1 over BYU.

1936: Arizona 32, BYU 6

The first meeting between these two schools took place in Tucson. But, unfortunately, G. Ott Romney’s BYU squad couldn’t hang in only their 10th season as a program.

1957: BYU 14, Arizona 14

The lone tie in the series.

1959: BYU 18, Arizona 14

BYU, led by coach Tally Stevens won in Tucson in the season opener of the 1959 season.

1962: Arizona 27, BYU 21

The first meeting between the two schools as members of the WAC saw the Wildcats score a late TD to secure the win.

1963: Arizona 33, BYU 7

1964: Arizona 39, BYU 6

1965: BYU 20, Arizona 3

BYU’s first-ever conference champion team wasn’t going to be denied. Virgil Carter passed for 114 yards and ran for 69.

1966: BYU 16, Arizona 14

Carter led BYU to back-to-back victories against Arizona for the first time in school history.

1967: BYU 17, Arizona 14

BYU’s first time hosting the Wildcats in Provo concluded with a victory.

1968: Arizona 19, BYU 3

The Arvada Flash, Marc Lyons, couldn’t muster up much offense against a stingy Wildcat defense.

1969: BYU 31, Arizona 21

Lyons and BYU got revenge in this game as the Arvada Flash passed for 238 yards in the win. In addition, BYU wore a special 100th anniversary of college football helmets in this game.

1970: Arizona 24, BYU 17

The first of a four-game winning streak for Arizona over BYU.

1971: Arizona 27, BYU 14

The talented Golden Richards at wide receiver wasn’t enough to contend with Arizona in Tommy Hudspeth’s last year as head coach.

1972: Arizona 21, BYU 7

LaVell Edwards’ first meeting against the WAC rival as head coach resulted in a blowout loss.

1973: Arizona 24, BYU 10

The 14-point loss to the Wildcats guaranteed that BYU would finish LaVell Edwards’ second season as head coach with a losing record.

1974: BYU 37, Arizona 13

BYU QB Gary Sheide and running back Jeff Blanc rolled all over Arizona in Tucson en route to a WAC Championship.

1975: Arizona 36, BYU 20

Gifford Nilsen passed for 387 yards, but it wasn’t enough as BYU coughed up the football three times.

1976: BYU 23, Arizona 16

A fourth-quarter TD pass from Gifford Nielsen to George Harris locked up the win for BYU.

1977: BYU 34, Arizona 14

The last meeting between the two schools as WAC members concluded with Marc Wilson throwing it all over the yard. Wilson passed for 334 yards as BYU sent a message to the Wildcats on their way out. The Cougars finished the 1977 season ranked No. 20 in the final polls.

2006: Arizona 16, BYU 13

After nearly 30 years away, BYU and Arizona locked up again in 2006. A large, hostile Wildcats crowd gathered to watch these old conference rivals face off again. Nick Folk booted a late field goal to give Arizona the win to open the season. It was one of only two losses BYU would suffer that year.

2007: BYU 20, Arizona 7

BYU got revenge against the Wildcats in the 2007 season opener with a new set of triplets establishing themselves as leaders in QB Max Hall, RB Harvey Unga, and WR Austin Collie.

2008: Arizona 31, BYU 21

After a disappointing conclusion to the 2008 regular season, BYU rolled into the Las Vegas Bowl disinterested against a motivated Arizona squad led by QB Willie Tuitama for a third consecutive year. This is Arizona’s last win over the BYU football program.

2016: BYU 18, Arizona 16

The first game of the Kalani Sitake era was played in Glendale, Arizona. More BYU fans were in attendance at the game than Arizona fans. Freshman kicker Jake Oldroyd, sporting green cleats, sent the Cougar fans home with something to smile about by kicking the game-winning field goal.

2018: BYU 28, Arizona 23

BYU went into Tucson as a double-digit underdog after a year that saw the Cougars go 4-9. Kevin Sumlin was the new head coach in the desert, and Wildcats QB Khalil Tate was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The honeymoon for Sumlin in Tucson abruptly ended that night as BYU’s conservative, ball control, don’t turn the ball over offense, worked against an Arizona team that sorely lacked any sort of identity.

2021: Las Vegas

The two programs meet up at the $2 billion Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. This matchup will be the inaugural Vegas Kickoff Classic.

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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