The New Mexico State Athletics Department announced today that the Aggies football team will play BYU in 2011 and 2012 in a home-and-home series. The Aggies will travel to Provo, Utah in 2011 and BYU will return the game in Las Cruces in 2012.
“Obviously after losing Boise State for the 2011 and 2012 season, one of our goals was to identify a comparable school so as to get a home and away game,” Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. “The scheduling alliance allows us to address that issue. I’m also excited because of the significant Mormon presence in Las Cruces and that many people will be able to come to watch a game at New Mexico State, maybe for the first time. I know BYU draws very well, both home and away. This should be a good alliance and certainly over the next couple of years we will have several conversations about additional opportunities.”
“BYU is just another good football team that we get a chance to compete again,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “We lost Boise State who was the kingpin in our conference for a number of years, but picked up BYU. It’s like you lose one and gain another. To me it’s another opportunity to see how far our football team has come when we get them on the schedule next year.”
Earlier today the Western Athletic Conference and Brigham Young University entered into a scheduling alliance, with BYU declaring that it will be an independent in the sport of football effective with the 2011 season, the six WAC teams – Hawaii, Idaho, La Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State and Utah State -- will provide the Cougars with six games in the 2011 season and five games in the 2012 season.
For the 2011 season, WAC schools will host two games against BYU, while four teams will travel to Provo. In 2012, BYU will play two games in WAC stadiums and host three WAC teams in Provo. Specific opponents and dates will be announced in the future, although the agreement does include two games that had previously been scheduled between BYU and Utah State for those two seasons.