BYU Fans Share Memories Of Historic Win Over No. 1 Miami On 30-Year Anniversary

Sep 9, 2020, 10:22 PM

PROVO, Utah – Thirty years later, BYU football’s 28-21 win over then No. 1 Miami in 1990 is still the greatest win in the Cougars storied history.

BYU has pulled off some great wins over the years, but there isn’t any debate on the victory that stands above the rest. The win over “The U” will forever be etched in the memories of BYU fans for the rest of their lives.

September 8th, 2020, marked the 30-year anniversary of BYU football’s greatest win. For young people who struggle to wrap their minds around a win over Miami being as big of a deal of as it was … think of it this way, picture Alabama today but better. Now does it make sense?

66,235 fans attended that game at then Cougar Stadium. To this day, it’s one of the biggest crowds to ever witness a live sporting event in the state of Utah.

Just listen to Ty Detmer from an episode of Cougar Sports Saturday earlier this year to understand the magnitude of that game. Detmer is always a modest and humble game but even he admits defeating a program like Miami at that time was special. What other game has produced a Heisman campaign for a BYU player? 10,000 BYU fans and even a few Miami players received ties that read, “why the Heisman vote should end in a Ty”.

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of that special game, I asked a simple question BYU fans, where were you when the Cougars took down the Hurricanes? BYU fans started sharing their memories of a game that launched Ty Detmer into superstardom and an eventual Heisman Trophy winner.

Here are some of the responses.


Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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BYU Fans Share Memories Of Historic Win Over No. 1 Miami On 30-Year Anniversary