BYU lost last year’s homecoming game to Boise state and are hoping to have better luck this year.

“I am excited to just go out and continue to keep showing what BYU football is and I think we’ve had a great week of practice so far,” Austin Hoyt said.

Hawaii was one of BYU’s four wins last year as the Cougars beat them on their home turf 30-20. However, Hawaii has improved and holds a 6-1 record so far this season. Hawaii’s only loss comes from Army, which puts them as the heavy favorites to win the mountain west conference. BYU has never lost to Hawaii in Provo, and overall has a 22-8 record against the Bows, dating back to 1930.

“We are excited to just go out and play this week. It will be fun,” Hoyt said.

With it being homecoming week, that means a lot of alumni will be back in Provo, including former football players coming out to support their Cougars.

Senior offensive lineman and one of the captains of this years team, Austin Hoyt, understands the tradition that comes with BYU football.

“We have talked a lot this week just about tradition, and I think the stadium represents a lot of different players who have played for LaVell, for a bunch of different coaches, and it means a lot to a lot of people who will be there.”

It will even be a homecoming for a Hawaii coach.  Mark Weber was the BYU offensive line coach for six seasons starting in 2007 and will make a return to LaVell Edwards Stadium as Hawaii’s offensive line coach. The game will also mean a lot to senior wide receiver Dylan Collie, who played for Hawaii for three seasons prior to transferring to BYU.

Regardless of how a BYU game or season goes, most fans can agree with Hoyt on what BYU means to them.

“To all the people I’ve met here, it has made BYU a really special place that I want to come back and visit frequently.”

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