BERKELEY – California and BYU have agreed to a home-and-home series in football the schools announced jointly Monday. The series starts next fall when the Golden Bears will host the Cougars on Nov. 29, 2014. Cal will make a return visit to Provo, Utah, on Sept. 16, 2017. Kickoff times and telecast plans for the series will be announced at a later date.
The addition of BYU completes the 2014 non-conference schedule for the Bears. Cal will kick off the campaign with a visit to Northwestern on Aug. 30, while Sacramento State will travel to Berkeley on Sept. 6.
Cal and BYU have met only three times previously, with the Cougars holding a 2-1 edge. The most recent matchup came in the 2005 Las Vegas Bowl when the Bears held on for a 35-28 victory. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 194 yards and three scores to earn game MVP honors, while wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Steve Levy.
The first contest between the schools came on Oct. 9, 1999, in Provo, and resulted in a 38-28 win for the No. 24 ranked Cougars. BYU also prevailed, 44-16, in Berkeley on Sept. 8, 2001. Tom Holmoe, now BYU’s director of athletics, served as Cal’s head football coach in both games.
The Bears open the 2013 campaign this Saturday against Northwestern at 7:30 p.m. PDT on ESPN2. The contest kicks off a three-game homestand for Cal to open the season.