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UNLV football adds two games with BYU starting in 2014


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A fan shows allegence to both UNLV and BYU during the first half of a 2009 game at Sam Boyd Stadium.

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BYU tailback Joshua Quezada (20) rushes for a first down as UNLV defensive lineman Nate Halloway (68) chases during the first half at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, in Provo, Utah. BYU plays in the New Mexico Bowl against UTEP Saturday. Launch slideshow »

The UNLV athletic department announced Thursday it has signed a home-and-home football series with BYU starting in the 2014 season.

UNLV is tentatively scheduled to travel to Provo, Utah, on Nov. 15, 2014, and BYU will play in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, 2015. You could easily argue the game at Sam Boyd Stadium won’t have much of a home-game feel for UNLV, because of the heavy BYU fan base in Las Vegas.

The schools played 18 times from 1978 to 2010 with BYU holding a 15-3 series advantage. They stopped playing in 2010 when BYU left the Rebels’ Mountain West Conference to compete as an independent.

UNLV is the first school in the league to agree to play BYU.

“We’re excited to renew our series with BYU and we think those will be two terrific games for our fans,” UNLV Director of Athletics Jim Livengood said in a statement.

UNLV also announced Thursday it completed the 2013 non-conference schedule, adding a game with Central Michigan Sept. 18, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium as part of another home-and-home series agreement. The Rebels will return the game three years later on Sept. 17, 2016.

UNLV beat Central Michigan, 52-24, in the 1994 Las Vegas Bowl.

The rest of the non-conference schedule next year includes: Aug. 29 at Minnesota, and home games Sept. 7 against Arizona and Sept. 21 against Western Illinois.

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or [email protected]. Follow Ray on Twitter at twitter.com/raybrewer21.

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  1. Good move

  2. Finally! Lavell Edwards Stadium South returns!

  3. Great, another butt kicking for the rebel.