From Ty's Prize to Hale Mary: Top 10 games in LaVell Edwards/Cougar Stadium history (12 items)

By , Deseret News

Sept. 9, 2014

Win, lose or draw, BYU has been competing at its current football home at 1700 N. Canyon Road since 1964.

During that time, the stadium has undergone a name change once — switching from Cougar Stadium to LaVell Edwards Stadium in 2000 — and seen the seating capacity go from a little under 30,000 to as much as 65,000, with a current seating capacity of 63,470.

Numerous All-Americans have called the stadium home, and the Cougars have seen a national championship team, a hall of fame coach and a Heisman Trophy winner roam the sidelines.

And who could forget the fans who've packed the stands.

"We loved the passion that the fans brought; that helped us in our commitment to the game," former BYU linebacker Leon White, a member of the 1984 national championship team, said of his experiences at Cougar Stadium. "That's something that BYU has over a lot of other schools, the commitment of the fans. The stadium that we have, it's 65,000, but we could probably hold a 100,000 and fill it up."

What are BYU's top 10 games ever at its home stadium? Here's a look:

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1 of 12. Honorable mention: BYU vs. Tulane, 2001

Had the Cougars been able to finish out the 2001 season stronger, this game could have finished in the top 10. In the first glimpse of a Gary Crowton-led offense, BYU delivered big points, scoring 49 in the first half to take a 21-point lead into the break in a 70-35 victory.

Three Cougars rushed for more than 100 yards, led by Luke Staley with 142 and three touchdowns, Brandon Doman with 115 and one score and Brian McDonald with 103 and three touchdowns. Doman also threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns as BYU netted 734 yards.

2 of 12. Honorable mention: BYU vs. Wyoming, 1984

This contest fell just outside of the top 10, due to the Cowboys finishing just 6-6 on the year. But of all the Cougars' home games in their national title season, this one had the most drama.

After BYU got out to a 21-7 lead, Wyoming rallied to within 21-20 at halftime. In the second half, the lead changed hands six times. The Cougars, with an undefeated season in the balance, went ahead for good on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Bosco to David Mills on the only score of the fourth quarter in a 41-38 Cougar win.

3 of 12. No. 10: BYU vs. Washington, 1999

The Cougars' first game in the infamous 'bib' jerseys turned into a thriller, a 35-28 victory for the home team.

BYU overcame an early 7-0 Washington lead to take a 27-14 advantage into the fourth quarter, on the back of two rushing touchdowns from freshman Luke Staley and two TD passes from senior Kevin Feterik. The Huskies came back, though, grabbing a 28-27 lead on Marques Tuiasosopo's second touchdown run of the final quarter.

But the Cougars, who had lost to Washington four straight times, had a Hale Mary in hand. Feterik found another freshman, Chris Hale, open for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 1:16 remaining. It was Hale's first catch of his BYU career.

4 of 12. No. 9: BYU vs. Texas, 2013

This game is remembered especially for two things: the thunderstorm that delayed the game, and for quarterback Taysom Hill's big game on the ground.

One week after weather delayed the Cougars' opener mid-game, a storm set back the start of this contest by nearly two hours.

Once the matchup got underway, Hill and the BYU rushing attack put up a record-setting effort. Hill's 68-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the first of his three rushing scores for BYU in a 40-21 upset win over No. 15 Texas. The Cougars rushed for a school-record 550 yards, including 259 from Hill.

5 of 12. No. 8: BYU vs. Utah, 2009

With BYU donning royal blue jerseys to honor its 1984 national championship team, the Cougars built a 20-6 lead before the Utes tied it up late in the fourth quarter to send this game into overtime. The Utes got the ball first and took the lead on a 29-yard field goal from Joe Phillips.

BYU struck back quickly. On the Cougars’ second play of the ensuing drive, Max Hall hit tight end Andrew George over the middle for the game-winner, a 25-yard touchdown pass to make the final score 26-23.

The Cougars' lone overtime win over Utah, in BYU’s 200th victory in the stadium, is also remembered for Hall's "hate"-filled comments about the Utes afterward.

1. Zorro
Bakersfield, CA,
July 1, 2014

All wins over Utah rank in the top ten! Besides these, The '84 Wyoming game (if Bosco doesn't scramble for the first down we lose and no Natl Champs)
'85 Miami game.It was the most perfect game I've ever seen. Last years Texas game. It shook the College football world.

2. Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT,
July 1, 2014

"This contest fell just outside of the top 10, due to the Cowboys finishing just 6-6 on the year."

Pretty synonymous with every team BYU played that year, huh?


3. bikeboy
Boise, ID,
July 1, 2014

Sah-WEEEEET! The one and only game I've attended at the stadium was BYU/Miami, 1990.

(Yep, I was providing some of that electricity.)

4. Coug50years
SLC, ut,
July 3, 2014

The first significant win in the stadium was the year BYU won it's first conference championship with Virgil Carter at QB over Texas Western (UTEP - remember them from the basketball movie winning the national tittle about the same time). They were then ranked a top 20 team. Their coach told the press he would walk back to Texas if BYU beat them. Carter threw 2 TDs in first minutes and had 599 yards in a 53-33 BYU win! That win was more important than several of the wins over Utah on the list, although memorable but less significant. Also the 28-21 win over a highly ranked Air Force with two Y kick-off returns for touchdowns - there were some important games against them with national consequences.

5. Flashback
Kearns, UT,
July 3, 2014

I'd have put the Hall to George TD pass against the Utes as #2. Hall said that he hated the Utes. I'm an alum of the U and I can't stand the U sports teams either.