PROVO, Utah -- The California Golden Bears accepted an
invitation Sunday to play the Brigham Young Cougars in the Dec. 22
Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.
"Cal is a well-coached football team," BYU coach Bronco
Mendenhall said. "They play in a tough conference and have a great
football tradition. This will serve as an appropriate way to
measure our program in relation to the goals that have been
Cal, which closed its regular season at 7-4 overall and 4-4 in
the Pac-10, waited for the Bowl Championship Series to set its
field Sunday before accepting the invitation.
BYU, which finished 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West
Conference, accepted its invitation on Nov. 22.
"This is an exciting time for the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas
Bowl as we look forward to hosting a prestigious Pac-10 program
such as Cal," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, executive director of the
bowl. "Our executive committee is thrilled that coach Tedford and
his players are coming to town to take on BYU in what may well just
be a full house."
Tedford said, "The team is very excited about the opportunity
to go to Las Vegas and play in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas
Bowl. We get to match up against one of the top teams in the
Mountain West conference. BYU has such a great tradition."
The game will be the third time the two teams have met, with BYU
winning both games.
BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe served as the head coach at Cal
from 1997 through 2001.
"I look at this matchup as the opportunity for the Cougars to
compete against a very fine Golden Bear team," Holmoe said.
"During the bowl festivities, I will enjoy catching up with my Cal
friends, including the players, coaches, staff, boosters, alums and
the Cal band."
The game will be the first time in the Las Vegas Bowl for both
BYU has a 7-15-1 bowl record, while the Golden Bears are 6-8-1
in postseason play, winning four of their last six bowl games. The
Cougars have not won a bowl game since 1996.