Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 | 3:51 p.m.
For the fourth consecutive year, BYU (10-2 overall, 6-2 MWC) will represent the Mountain West Conference in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. It was announced Sunday afternoon that the Cougars will face Arizona (7-5, 5-4) from the Pac-10.
The Wildcats clinched a winning regular season record Saturday night with a 31-10 victory over in-state rival Arizona State.
The matchup will pit two offenses against each other which rank in the top 20 in the FBS ranks. Arizona ranks 16th with 37.1 ppg, while BYU is 19th at 35.3.
This will mark the 22nd meeting between the two programs, but the first time in a bowl game. The last two meetings included a 16-13 Arizona victory in Tucson to open the 2006 season, then a 20-7 BYU triumph in Provo a year later.
The Las Vegas Bowl committee announced last week that the game is already sold out, but several Arizona fans now have added incentive to come to Sin City for the weekend. The Las Vegas Bowl will kick off at 5 p.m. while the Wildcats' men's basketball squad takes on UNLV earlier that afternoon in the Thomas & Mack Center.