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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The Miami Hurricanes came into Cougar Stadium as defending national champions and ranked No. 1 in the country. That didn't deter BYU from pulling the 28-21 upset in an electric atmosphere.

Miami entered the contest as a 13½-point favorite, and early on, the Hurricanes led 7-0. Ty Detmer and the Cougars rallied, scoring on a pair of touchdown passes and an Earl Kauffman field goal to head into halftime up 17-14.

After the Hurricanes scored first in the third quarter to go back up 21-17, the BYU offense strung together 11 points the remainder of the quarter — including a touchdown pass from Detmer to Mike Salido — to give the Cougars the 28-21 lead heading into the final stanza. The BYU defense stood tall, preserving the Cougar lead to seal the win.

Detmer used this victory to jumpstart his Heisman Trophy winning campaign that season, as the offense rolled up 500 yards and overcame five turnovers. The defense also came up big, including knocking a pair of passes away near the goal line late in the contest and holding Miami quarterback Craig Erickson to 299 passing yards and one interception.

"The victory was the most important in Brigham Young history," Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune wrote, according to the Deseret News archives. "Even if Brigham Young doesn't win the title, it captured something equally as important Saturday: respect. It didn't come after the 1984 national championship, because then BYU was criticized for playing an easy schedule. Indeed, the Cougars didn't beat a ranked team that year. Brigham Young did Saturday. And it opened many eyes throughout the nation."

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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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