BYU, Miami agree to home-and-home series in 2026, 2028

BYU will travel to Miami Gardens for a game on Sept. 19, 2026 at Hard Rock Stadium, the first of a home-and-home series that also includes a return game on Sept. 2, 2028 in Provo.

BYU will travel to Miami Gardens for a game on Sept. 19, 2026 at Hard Rock Stadium, the first of a home-and-home series that also includes a return game on Sept. 2, 2028 in Provo. (Al Diaz, Associated Press)



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PROVO β€” More than 30 years after playing one of the most memorable games in BYU history against Miami, the Cougars and Hurricanes are getting the band back together.

BYU will travel to Miami Gardens for a game on Sept. 19, 2026 at Hard Rock Stadium, the first of a home-and-home series that also includes a return game on Sept. 2, 2028 in Provo.

"We are excited to announce this series with Miami," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. "We are always looking for opportunities to schedule storied football programs like Miami. Traveling to ACC country and competing in an NFL stadium will be a great experience for our coaches, players and fans.

"We are also excited to have the Hurricanes return to LaVell Edwards Stadium. I was a graduate assistant at BYU in 1990 when Miami came to Provo. It was one of the great games in BYU football history."

The Cougars and Hurricanes have a limited football history but own two of the top contests of the 1980s and 90s between the two. The teams first met Dec. 3, 1988, when No. 2 Miami rolled to a 41-17 win in the regular-season finale of a season that ended in the Orange Bowl with an 11-1 overall record.

The rematch came two years later when Ty Detmer and the Cougars stunned the top-ranked Hurricanes 28-21 in front of 66,235 to secure its fist-ever victory over the No. 1 team in the country. Trailing 21-17 in the third quarter, BYU held Miami scoreless through the final 26 minutes of the game, and the legend of Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer was born with 10 points in the final moments to lift the Cougars to arguably their biggest win in program history.

The rematch of the home-and-home series is the eighth game for BYU on the 2026 schedule and fifth against a Power Five opponent. After opening at Troy on Sept. 5, the Cougars have a run against Arizona, Miami and Virginia Tech, in addition to a Nov. 28 game scheduled against Stanford.

BYU also has a planned contest with rival Utah in 2026, but no date has been announced yet. The Cougars will also play regional rivals Utah State and Boise State in that season.

The 2028 game is the earliest on the season that currently espouses six opponents, including four Power Five teams.

The two teams have combined for six national championships, most recently Miami's fifth in 2001, along with 30 conference titles and 80 bowl games.

Miami has had 35 players named consensus All-Americans, two Heisman Trophy winners, and nine inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. That's compared to 12 consensus All-Americans at BYU, in addition to seven Hall of Fame honorees.

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for KSL.com since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

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