No. 12 BYU looks to get healthy, welcomes fans back to LaVell Edwards Stadium vs. struggling Texas State

BYU players celebrate with fans following the team’s 43-26 win over Houston at TDECU Stadium in Houston on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. From left, that includes defensive back Tavita Gagnier (27), defensive lineman Tyler Batty (92), linebacker Jackson Kaufusi (38) and defensive back Chris Wilcox (32). | BYU photo

Cougars are 5-0 and rising in the national polls, but they are dealing with a high number of injuries and illnesses midway through what has turned into a special season in the midst of a pandemic

Tired of the “white noise stuff they play in the stadium,” BYU defensive tackle Zac Dawe can’t wait to hear the roar of the LaVell Edwards Stadium crowd and revel in the glory of the Cougars’ undefeated season.

The Pleasant Grove product will get his wish Saturday, after BYU announced that approximately 6,000 spectators will be allowed to attend the 8:15 p.m. game against Texas State. The Bobcats are 1-5 overall, 1-2 in Sun Belt conference play.

The 5-0 Cougars, who moved up to No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll released Sunday, defeated Troy, Louisiana Tech and UTSA without fans in the seats in their first three home games.

“It was awesome to see people there from all over represent BYU. We can feel their energy on the field. Even though the stadium wasn’t at max capacity, the stadium was loud and that is a huge (credit) to the BYU fans for showing up and giving it their best effort, just like we did tonight.” — BYU defensive lineman Zac Dawe

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Some 10,000 fans, about 25% of capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19, were at Houston’s TDECU Stadium on Friday to witness BYU’s 43-26 win over UH. Many of the attendees cheered for the Cougars who were decked out in royal blue pants and white jersey tops, rather than the home team.

“It was awesome to see people there from all over represent BYU,” Dawe said. “We can feel their energy on the field. Even though the stadium wasn’t at max capacity, the stadium was loud and that is a huge (credit) to the BYU fans for showing up and giving it their best effort, just like we did tonight.”

According to a BYU news release, individuals who bought tickets for the home opener vs. Troy will have their tickets honored Saturday. The announcement noted that BYU “will consider” increasing the number of spectators allowed in future games against Western Kentucky (Oct. 31), North Alabama (Nov. 21) and San Diego State (Dec. 12) “based on the new state COVID-19 Transmission Index Metric” and input from state and county public health officials.

Speaking of health concerns, they have become a factor for BYU this season, although the Cougars’ performance on the field has been impressive, save a slight hiccup against UTSA on Oct. 2 and that dreadful second quarter against Houston that left them trailing at halftime for the first time this season.

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