The NCAA Div. I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) returns to Kansas City in 2015 as Arrowhead Stadium will play host to a match-up between the University of Missouri Tigers and the Brigham Young University Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The game will mark the first FBS game to be featured at Arrowhead Stadium since Missouri topped Kansas 24-10 in Big 12 Conference action on Nov. 26, 2011. Kickoff time and ticket details for the game will be announced at a later date.
"We've been focused on bringing FBS football back to Arrowhead Stadium for some time and have investigated a number of ways to accomplish that," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "We want to thank both Missouri and BYU for making this possible. We know that this will be a unique opportunity for the players, coaches and fans of both institutions to experience the iconic Arrowhead atmosphere."
The University of Missouri, serving as the game's home team, joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division in 2012 and went on to win the SEC Eastern Division title in 2013, marking its fourth conference divisional title in the past seven seasons after claiming Big 12 North championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Head Coach Gary Pinkel's squad ranks in the top 10 among the power five conferences in wins, while also ranking in the top 10 in Academic Progress Rate (APR) since 2007. The program sits in the top five for most NFL first-round draft picks since 2009. Pinkel is Mizzou's all-time winningest coach with 109 victories in 14 seasons. He has led the program to nine bowl games in his previous 13 years, while the school has played in 30 bowl games in its history. The Tigers are no stranger to football in Kansas City, having played 30 games all-time in the city. Mizzou has played seven times inside Arrowhead Stadium, going 5-2 overall from 2005-11.
"We are very pleased to have this opportunity to bring Mizzou to Kansas City. Having a presence there is very important to us, and this game underscores our commitment to doing just that, as we indicated when we moved to the Southeastern Conference," University of Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. "This is an exciting, high-profile game for our fans, and we're looking forward to working with the Kansas City Chiefs and the KC Sports Commission.
We know from past experiences that they will do an outstanding job of making this a special event for Tiger fans."
Brigham Young University, the game's visiting team, is a football independent with a record of elite-level success and tradition that includes winning the 1984 National Championship. Over the past 40 seasons, only four FBS programs—
Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida State—have won more games than BYU while the Cougars have advanced to 32 bowl games and earned top-25 rankings during 31 seasons. BYU boasts seven members of the College Football Hall of Fame along with a Heisman Trophy winner, seven Sammy Baugh Trophy recipients, four Davey O'Brien Award honorees, two Outland Trophy winners and a Doak Walker Award recipient. Current head coach Bronco Mendenhall has led BYU to an 87-38 record since 2005 to rank 12th in total victories while achieving a 6-3 bowl record—only Florida State has more bowl wins (seven) over the past nine seasons. Off the field, BYU is tied for fifth for the most Academic All-Americans since 2005.
"It's a great opportunity and challenge for our football team to play such a fine school as Missouri. They are a new SEC school with a rich football tradition going back to the Big 12," BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe said. "It will also be exciting for our team to play at Arrowhead Stadium in a region of the country where we haven't been in a while."
Arrowhead Stadium has played host to 36 college football games throughout its 43-year history. Most notably, the venue has hosted five Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Games, five Border Showdown contests between Missouri and Kansas, 13 Fall Classic games featuring Northwest Missouri State University, Pittsburg State University and Washburn University, as well as more than a dozen other contests highlighting teams from across the country.
For more information, please contact University of Missouri Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications Chad Moller at (573) 882-0712 or BYU Associate Athletic Director for Communications Duff Tittle at (801) 422-4910.