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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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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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

No. 7: BYU vs. UCLA, 2008



The Cougars dominated the visiting Bruins 59-0 in this mid-September contest, handing UCLA its worst loss since 1929.

Max Hall threw a school-record tying seven touchdowns that day, including six in the first half as BYU built a 42-0 lead heading into the break. The big hit came in the first 5:18 of the second quarter, when the Cougars scored four touchdowns.

BYU also held the Bruins to 239 yards of total offense — including nine yards rushing — while also blocking a field goal attempt to win its 13th straight game.


No. 6: BYU vs. Utah, 1989



The Cougars had been embarrassed by Utah in Salt Lake City the year before in a 57-28 loss. Ty Detmer and the BYU offensive attack had the perfect revenge, scoring a stadium record 49 points in the first half in a 70-31 victory.

The Cougars put up the most points they have ever scored in the rivalry and even led 63-10 at one point while rolling up 750 yards of total offense. The BYU defense also forced three turnovers.

Detmer, who won the Heisman Trophy the next season, was 18-of-22 passing for 358 yards and four touchdowns, giving him a passing efficiency number of 278.51. Stacey Corley rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, and Fred Whittingham rushed for three touchdowns on just eight carries.


No. 5: BYU vs. Utah, 2007



This was a low-scoring contest that was a battle of field goals until late in the game. That's when things got exciting. After Utah took a 10-9 lead with a 1-yard Darrell Mack touchdown run, BYU faced a 4th-and-18 at its own 12 with 1:13 to play.

Enter Max Hall and Austin Collie, who connected for a 49-yard completion into Utah territory. Three plays and a pair of Utah personal fouls later, Harvey Unga scored the game-winning 11-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds to play. Collie caught the two-point conversion, and the Cougars won 17-10 in yet another improbable BYU-Utah finish.

In the aftermath, this comment by Collie caused a stir: "Obviously, if you do what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it. Magic happens."


No. 4: BYU vs. Utah, 2001



The Cougars, ranked No. 8 entering the game, needed a win to keep their BCS hopes alive. For much of the contest, though, it was the underdog Utes who were in front.

Utah took leads of 14-3 and 21-10, and the Utes were still ahead by 11 with less than four minutes to play.

But a pair of touchdown runs from Luke Staley, including a 30-yard run down the BYU sideline with just over a minute to play, gave the Cougars a 24-21 lead. Jernaro Gilford sealed the BYU win with an interception on Utah’s final drive.

No. 3: BYU vs. Air Force, 1985



This may be the most underrated game on the list. The Falcons entered Provo ranked No. 3 and led 14-0 minutes into the contest and 21-7 at halftime, in part because Air Force scored on two pick-sixes in the first 30 minutes.

But the Cougars rallied in the second half, fueled by two long Vai Sikahema touchdowns, including a 72-yard punt return in the 28-21 BYU win.

The Cougars, one season after winning their own national championship, squashed Air Force's title hopes by overcoming four turnovers and being held to minus-35 yards by keeping the Air Force offense to just 237 total yards.


No. 2: BYU vs. Texas A&M, 1996



"Deep Ball! Got it! Touchdown! BYU leads, Levi Kealaluhi, the K.O. punch!"

Brent Musberger uttered those words when K.O. Kealaluhi scored the game-winning 45-yard touchdown along the BYU sideline in the final minute against Texas A&M in the Pigskin Classic.

In a contest that featured 1,064 yards of total offense and the Cougars rallying from an early 14-point deficit, Steve Sarkisian threw six touchdowns to pace the BYU offense.

The 41-37 victory sparked a monumental run for BYU to a No. 5 ranking and Cotton Bowl victory in 1996, as the Cougars finished 14-1 that season.

“From the onset of the game, we knew we were stronger, bigger, better, faster," former Cougar wide receiver James Dye said last week at BYU's media day. Dye caught a fourth-quarter touchdown that tied the game at 34-34. "We knew we were going to play with these guys, and we knew at the end of the day we would be victors.

"We didn't think they were going to just lay down and give up, but we certainly knew we weren't going to lay down and give up. We were confident we were going to win."


No. 1: BYU vs. Miami, 1990



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."