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

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 9 2014 10:42 p.m. MDT

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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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Bakersfield, CA

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.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

"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?


Boise, ID

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.)

SLC, ut

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.

Kearns, UT

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.

West Jordan, UT

However there were some stinkers over the years and I recall Wyoming coming into the stadium and beating BYU and I had a long drive back to So Cal that night feeling I had been defiled somehow--felt the refs had taken the game away from the Cougars with what then were frequent holding calls among other indignities. But I'll be at the game v Houston on the 11th this year; go Cougars.

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