PROVO -- In cooperation with the University of Hawai'i and Mississippi State University, BYU announced today it has re-scheduled its contest against Mississippi State for Saturday, Dec. 1. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15, was postponed after the terrorist attacks in Washington D.C. and New York City. In order to play the Bulldogs on Dec. 1, Hawai'i has agreed to switch its game with BYU from Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 8.
"We are very appreciative to everyone who helped make these changes possible," said BYU athletics director Val Hale. "This has been a very cooperative effort from everyone involved. Craig Thompson at the Mountain West Conference office has gone above and beyond the call of duty to work out the details and push the right buttons to make this happen. Hugh Yoshida (University of Hawai'i) and Larry Templeton (Mississippi State University) have also been flexible and very cooperative, as well as our TV partner, ESPN."
The SEC announced on Monday, Sept. 17 it would re-schedule the SEC Championship game from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8, allowing for SEC games, scheduled to be played on Sept. 15, to be played on Dec. 1. With this move, BYU and Mississippi State were able to re-schedule, pending Hawai'i's ability to move the BYU-UH game from Dec. 1 to Dec. 8.
"These changes will obviously cause some inconveniences for the universities, their teams and their fans," Hale said. "Given the unfortunate circumstances that made these changes necessary, we felt this was the best possible solution we could have hoped for. It will allow us to complete our full slate of games."
The BYU-Mississippi State game will be played in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday, Dec. 1, while the Cougars will travel to Honolulu to take on the Warriors at Aloha Stadium on Saturday Dec. 8. Game times and television information have yet to be determined and will be released at a later date.