BYU football works out home-and-home series with Troy, adding fourth game to 2020 season

Just as things were starting to look worse for wear for BYU football, athletic director Tom Holmoe keeps finding a way to bring hope to the Cougars that a season will happen.

Down to only three games left on the schedule, BYU added a fourth opponent — Troy University — on Thursday.

Both schools have agreed to a home-and-home series, with the first game being played at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Sept. 26. The Cougars' home game will be broadcast on an ESPN network with a kickoff time announced at a later date.

The second game has been scheduled for Sept. 5, 2026, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala.

“Troy has been one of the top football programs in the Sun Belt Conference for many years,” Holmoe said in a statement. “Despite the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 college football season, we worked out a contract with Troy over the past three weeks and look forward to facing the Trojans.”

The Sept. 26 game will mark the first time the programs meet, although there will be a familiar face on the opponent’s sideline. Troy’s offensive coordinator Ryan Pugh served as BYU’s offensive line coach in 2018. Pugh left BYU in 2019 for his current role at Troy, where the program is celebrating its 100th season of collegiate football.