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What is BYU’s history with in-state FCS programs? Utah Tech is up next

The Cougars host the Trailblazers Saturday in the first-ever meeting between the two programs

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Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi (90) sacks Weber State Wildcats quarterback Mike Hoke (11) as Brigham Young University defeats Weber State University in football 45-6 Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Provo, Utah.

BYU Cougars defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi (90) sacks Weber State Wildcats quarterback Mike Hoke (11) as BYU defeats WSU 45-6 Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Provo.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

BYU’s matchup with Utah Tech on Saturday will create a new historical chapter — it’s the first meeting between the two programs. 

Here’s what has happened when BYU played a Football Championship Subdivision opponent from Utah in the Cougars’ history.

All-time history between BYU and Utah FCS football teams

BYU has gone 3-0 against Weber State historically and 1-0 against Southern Utah.

  • The Cougars’ three wins over the Wildcats came in 1973, 1979 and 2012, with the average score in BYU’s three wins 46-10.
  • BYU’s game against Weber State in 1973 came before NCAA Division I split into two divisions in 1978 — then Division I-A and Division I-AA, the precursors to the Football Bowl Subdivision and the FCS, respectively.
  • BYU last played an in-state FCS opponent when it beat Southern Utah 37-7 in 2016.
  • Utah Tech is in just its third season at the FCS level after jumping up from the Division II level, and the Trailblazers are now in the same league — the Western Athletic Conference — as Southern Utah.