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BYU breaking out new helmets for New Mexico Bowl that includes a nod to Mike Leach

The return of the gradient helmet comes with a twist, while the Cougars will honor the late coach with a pirate decal on back

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For BYU’s matchup against SMU in the New Mexico Bowl, the Cougars will wear the blue-to-black gradient helmet they wore earlier this year against Notre Dame, with a twist — the school’s Sailor Cougar logo will replace the traditional Stretch Y logo on the side.

For BYU’s matchup against SMU in the New Mexico Bowl, the Cougars will wear the blue-to-black gradient helmet they wore earlier this year against Notre Dame, with a twist — the school’s Sailor Cougar logo will replace the traditional Stretch Y logo on the side.

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BYU football is ending its independence era with a new look.

The program’s Twitter account shared a photo of the helmet they will wear in Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl against the SMU Mustangs.

BYU is busting out the blue-to-black gradient helmet it wore earlier this year against Notre Dame, with a twist — the school’s Sailor Cougar logo will replace the traditional Stretch Y logo on the side.

The New Mexico Bowl kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.

The helmet will include a pirate logo decal on the back to honor the late Mississippi State coach Mike Leach, who died earlier this week. Leach graduated from BYU in 1983 and played rugby at the school.

When BYU wore the gradient helmets against Notre Dame, the Cougars also wore black jerseys and pants with royal blue trim. They will do so again in the bowl game.

The Cougars can only hope the result is different this time in the black and royal blue look — BYU lost to Notre Dame 28-20 with that that uniform combo back in October.