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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
BYU fans cheer in Provo on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

PROVO — A road game at UNLV likely isn't near the top of most Cougar fans' bucket list, but don't tell that to Las Vegas native Trajan Pili. The Cougar defensive end is excited to go home this weekend to play in front of family and friends.

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“That’s always a dream when you go to college — to go back to your hometown and play,” Pili said. “So it’s exciting. I expect a lot of people there. It’s a fun weekend. It’s Vegas, and it’s a fun place, so I’m excited.”

BYU coach Kalani Sitake expects Cougar fans to fill up Sam Boyd Stadium, much like it has during past seasons, and throughout the country, for that matter.

"I’ve been very thankful for the fans that we have, and the fans that have shown up to all of the games,” Sitake said during Monday's press conference. “Especially being on the road — those that make the effort to be there.”