BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Virginia's football team should be quite familiar with Brigham Young, and visa versa, when the teams match up in the All-American Bowl football game here Tuesday night.
Virginia has, for several years, borrowed offensive ideas from the Cougars, known for wide-open play.
"We practiced against ourselves in preparing for BYU," Virginia Coach George Welsh said Monday.
Welsh, who took the Cavaliers to their only other postseason trip ever, when they defeated Purdue in the 1984 Peach Bowl, said, "We adopted some concepts from BYU. They have been a pioneer in the passing game, and we wanted to open things up a bit."
Virginia, at 7-4, was runnerup to Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference. BYU was 9-3 and second to Wyoming in the Western Athletic Conference.
Coach LaVell Edwards, taking BYU to its 12th straight bowl, noted that his team started 3-3 before closing with six victories.