UConn, BYU agree to home and home

Connecticut beefed up its nonconference slate Monday, scheduling BYU for a home-and-home series in 2014 and 2015.

The Huskies will host the Cougars before heading to Provo, Utah, the following season.

“We are very excited to bring another nationally prominent opponent to Rentschler Field,” UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “BYU has a long tradition of football excellence with prominent players that are known around the country. With Michigan playing at UConn in 2013 and Tennessee in 2015, we feel that we have a very strong non-conference schedule for the next several years and plan on continuing that practice.

“I also think UConn fans will enjoy making the trip to Provo in 2015. Our loyal followers have established a tradition of travelling well to national non-conference contests and I think this will happen again when we go to BYU.”

The two schools have never met.

“The series with BYU is a great opportunity and challenge for our football program,” UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said in a statement. “A strong non-conference schedule puts our team on the national stage and also prepares the team for league play. Everyone in college football knows about the proud heritage of BYU football.”