1996 BYU Cougars football team

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1996 BYU Cougars football
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Cotton Bowl Champions
WAC Champions
WAC Mountain Division Champions
WAC Championship Game, W 28–25 OT vs. Wyoming
Conference Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #5
1996 record 14–1 (8–0 WAC)
Head coach LaVell Edwards
Home stadium Cougar Stadium
(Capacity: 65,000)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 WAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain
#5 BYU x   8 0         14 1  
Utah   6 2         8 4  
Rice   6 2         7 4  
SMU   4 4         5 6  
New Mexico   3 5         6 5  
TCU   3 5         4 7  
Tulsa   2 6         4 7  
UTEP   0 8         2 9  
Pacific
#22 Wyoming x   7 1         10 2  
San Diego State   6 2         8 3  
Colorado State   6 2         7 5  
Air Force   5 3         6 5  
Fresno State   3 5         4 7  
San Jose State   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         2 10  
UNLV   1 8         1 11  
Championship: BYU 28, Wyoming 25 (OT)
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1996 Brigham Young Cougars football team represented the Brigham Young University in the 1996 NCAA Division I-A football season. BYU was able to play 15 games because of NCAA rules that are no longer in place. Firstly, a team was able to play a designated "kickoff" opening game and not have it count against the allowed game total, then they played at Hawaii which didn't count against the allowed total. That allowed BYU to play 13 regular season games. They then played a conference championship game and a bowl game in the Cotton Bowl Classic bringing the total to 15 games.

During the 2002 and 2003 seasons teams were allowed to schedule 12 games as well as a week one game. As a result the 2003 Kansas State Wildcats became only the second team to play a 15 game season with an 11–4 record.

The kickoff game exemption was eliminated in 2005, but the Hawaii exemption remains in place.

Beginning in 2014 it will again be possible for teams to play a 15 game schedule without facing Hawaii because of the 4 team playoff system.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 24 10:00 AM #13 Texas A&M* Cougar StadiumProvo, UT (Pigskin Classic) ABC W 41–37   55,229
August 31 7:00 PM Arkansas State* #19 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 58–9   63,681
September 14 1:30 PM at Washington* #14 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA ABC L 29–17   71,165
September 21 12:00 PM New Mexico Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 17–14   63,587
September 28 12:00 PM SMU #24 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 31–3   62,537
October 4 7:00 PM at Utah State* #21 Romney StadiumLogan, UT KUTV W 45–17   33,119
October 12 12:00 PM UNLV #19 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 63–28   64,872
October 19 7:00 PM at Tulsa #18 Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK ESPN2 W 55–30   34,624
October 26 1:00 PM at TCU #15 Amon G. Carter StadiumFort Worth, TX KSL W 45–21   28,961
November 2 12:00 PM UTEP #13 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 40–18   64,938
November 9 12:00 PM Rice #12 Cougar Stadium • Provo, UT KSL W 49–0   65,732
November 16 10:00 PM at Hawaii #10 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI KSL W 45–14   16,468
November 23 10:30 AM at Utah #8 Rice StadiumSalt Lake City, UT (Holy War) ESPN W 37–17   35,378
December 7 2:30 PM vs. #20 Wyoming* #6 Sam Boyd StadiumWhitney, NV (WAC Championship Game) ABC W 28–25 OT  41,328
January 1 12:30 PM vs. #14 Kansas State* #5 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) CBS W 19–15   71,928
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Mountain Time.

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