BYU and the University of California-Berkeley announced today that a deal is in place to play a home and home series. The first game will be played in Berkeley on November 29th, 2014 with the return date in Provo on September 16, 2017.
This will be the 4th and 5th time the two teams meet. BYU holds a 2-1 lead in the series. The two teams have had a promising history together and will make an exciting matchup as Berkeley will be looking to come back to win the best of 5 games.
History of the Teams
In the first game of the series, the Golden Bears took their first visit to Provo and left on the losing end of a 38-28 score. The defining play of this game was the 4th quarter interception at the BYU six yard line by Heshi Robertson. It changed the game's momentum. On an interesting side note, the Cal head coach from this game was our very own athletic director Tom Holmoe. This was only the beginning of what would become a decade+ relationship with the Y.
The Cougars traveled to Berkeley and crushed the bears, 44-16 in the second game of the series. This game would help cement the future for Tom Holmoe as he left Cal at the end of the year and came to BYU. The star of this game was our star Brandon Doman as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 272 yards with 3 touchdowns and added 3 touchdowns on the ground.
In the third game of the series the Cougars and Bears met in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Bears handed Bronco his first of only two bowl loses with a score of 35-28.
BYU tied the game with 38 seconds left in the half but gave up the momentum when Steve Levy hit Desean Jackson for a 42 yard pass with 3 seconds on the clock. This momentum carried over to the second half where the Bears scored 2 more touchdowns to take an un-catchable 21 point lead into the 4th quarter.
2014 - 2017
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Cal plays in California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Ca. The stadium was built in 1923 and currently seats 63,000. The Golden Bears helped create the Athletic Association of Western Universities in 1959 which later became the Pacific 8 in 1964.
Broadcasting plans have not yet been announced.