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Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 13 Days

Less than two weeks left to kickoff.

George Frey

BYU's bowl history is relatively short. In fact, this year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Cougars first bowl game in 1974 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Fiesta Bowl. Most fans probably don't know that because, well, who wants to remember a loss. In the last forty years, the Cougars have made thirty-one bowl appearances and have won 13 of those contests. Their average margin of victory is 11.5. The largest margin of victory for BYU in a bowl game, 30, came against the Oregon Ducks in 2006. BYU's longest bowl game winning streak is four years in a row from 2009-2012. This season, with this schedule, the Cougars are expected to easily cruise to post-season play. They will play in the Miami Beach Bowl against an American Athletic Conference team and could possibly play UCF or Houston twice as they play each team during the regular season.

YEAR BOWL TEAM SCORE
1980 HOLIDAY BOWL SOUTHERN METHODIST 46-45
1981 HOLIDAY BOWL WASHINGTON STATE 38-36
1983 HOLIDAY BOWL MISSOURI 21-17
1984 HOLIDAY BOWL MICHIGAN 24-17
1988 FREEDOM BOWL COLORADO 20-17
1994 COPPER BOWL OKLAHOMA 31-6
1996 COTTON BOWL KANSAS STATE 19-18
2006 LAS VEGAS BOWL OREGON 38-8
2007 LAS VEGAS BOWL CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES 17-16
2009 LAS VEGAS BOWL OREGON STATE 44-20
2010 NEW MEXICO BOWL TEXAS-EL PASO 52-24
2011 ARMED FORCES BOWL TULSA 24-21
2012 POINSETTIA BOWL SAN DIEGO STATE 23-6