admin | Posted: 8 Oct 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Homecoming game against Hawai'i Saturday

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PROVO, Utah – BYU football takes on Hawai'i in 2018's Homecoming game at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 13 at 8:15 p.m. MDT. The game will be televised on ESPN2. 

Homecoming week is packed full of festivities on campus, including Saturday's game against the Warriors. For more information, visit

Live radio coverage can be found on the BYU Sports Network two hours prior to kickoff with Greg Wrubell, which will be broadcast on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143/89.1 FM HD2, KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM,, and on the BYU Cougars app, BYU Radio app and KSL app.  

BYUtv will provide pregame and postgame coverage with Countdown to Kickoff starting 7 p.m. MDT. Postgame coverage runs for half an hour or more after the game depending on the timing of the game.

Fans can get end zone tickets for just $15 and sideline tickets for $25 using the promo code: TUESDAY. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

BYU (3-3) vs. Hawai'i (6-1)
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. MDT
Provo, Utah
LaVell Edwards Stadium (63,470)

BYU Game Notes
Hawai'i Game Notes

THE SERIES. BYU and Hawai'i are playing for the 31st time in the series, with BYU having a 22-8 edge. The first game was played in 1930 in Hawai'i. The Cougars won the last matchup 30-20 in Honolulu in the last regular season game of 2017. BYU relied on 285 rushing yards, led by Squally Canada's 113 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars have never lost in Provo to the Warriors with a perfect 9-0 record and have won the last four matchups in the series dating back to 2002. 

HOMECOMING. The game against Hawai'i is BYU's homecoming game for 2018. Homecoming week is packed full of festivities on campus, including Saturday's game against the Warriors. For more information, visit

TOUGH SCHEDULE. According to the latest Sagarin ratings in USA Today, BYU has played the 10th toughest schedule in college football. The University of Utah (4), South Carolina (5), Southern California (7), Texas (8) and Stanford (9) are the only schools with at least three wins and a top-10 schedule. 

ALMA MATER COACHES. Both head coaches in the matchup are coaching at their respective alma mater. Nick Rolovich played quarterback at Hawai'i from 2000-01, while Kalani Sitake was a fullback at BYU in 1994, 97-2000. Rolovich set a Hawai'i record with eight touchdown passes in a 72-45 defeat of the Cougars who had entered the game at a perfect 12-0. BYU is 2-1 this season against teams with head coaches at their alma maters with wins over Wisconsin (Paul Chryst), McNeese (Lance Guidry) and a loss to Utah State (Matt Wells). 

THERE AND BACK AGAIN. Dylan Collie's college career is ending where it began. The Cougar wideout started his career at BYU in 2012 and redshirted that season. Following his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Collie transferred to Hawai'i and played three seasons for the Rainbow Warriors. He totaled 118 receptions, 1,300 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Collie played against BYU last season and led the Warriors with 103 yards on six receptions. After graduating with his bachelor's degree, he transferred back to BYU with one year left to play as a graduate student. 

The following quotes are from Monday's media availability. 

Head coach Kalani Sitake

On lessons learned against Utah State
"We need to evaluate everything. We are going to stay the course with our principles of hard work and we will believe in each other and improve. But, I’m open to everything as far as change if it will make us better. That being said, it’s schedule, personnel, scheme, whatever it may be to perform better, that’s what we’re looking at. We’ll tweak some things here and there, build on our core principles which is hard work and our belief in each other, in our coaches and in our players. That’s what we’re going to go with this week, work extremely hard and try to have a better result on Saturday." 

On improvements and changes to be made
"When it comes down to the fundamentals, the tackling, the blocking and things like that, those are things you always continue to work on. There’s a way we can put our guys in better positions to have success and to help our team. Offensively, we can do the same thing, as well as with special teams. There’s plenty of time to get it done because the foundation has already been set to be able to make these tweaks if we feel they are needed. The game of football is all about adjustments and having the ability to adjust is the most important. After plays, after drives and at halftime you’re always looking at ways to adjust defensively, offensively and on special teams. We need to have the scheme and ability to make adjustments. You can’t just keep doing the same thing expecting different results. We have to be open to all of that and that’s what we’re doing with our evaluation as coaches and players."

On stopping the run as a defense
"We have played some really good running backs and offensive teams, but that’s just an excuse. We thought about the missed tackles after the game, that would help, along with being better at our fundamentals. I think what we’re seeing is a lot of teams are trying to get to the outside on the run game, so we have to be a lot better on the edge. That comes down to the outside linebackers and defensive backs. Teams are trying to make our defensive backs tackle more and that’s what they have to do. Scheme-wise we have to protect that a little bit and make some adjustments and that’s the goal. Hawai’i is a spread team, they can throw the ball, so we should learn our lesson in how we can defend them."

On quarterback position
"That position probably will get a lot of attention, but just like every personnel group I’m open to anything. Everyone will compete at every position and we’ll see who plays on Saturday."

Wide receiver Dylan Collie
On the team
"It’s a matter of the focus. When you dwell too much on the negatives going on, you can’t think of the talent and ability that we do have. The chance that we’ll have to go in today and refocus will help us as players and coaches to stay positive and come out where we need to for the next games."

On this game for Hawai'i
"It means a lot. It’s a very big game. It is a rivalry game and it has been that way for a very long time. The passion that they have for it is a big deal."

Defensive back Chris Wilcox

On pinning down what has been going wrong with the defense
"It’s always just small mistakes that we make in every position group. We watch film and we see different things that we can work on and different things that we can fix every game. That’s what we are doing today. We’re going to watch film and see what we can fix, then move on from that because it’s in the past. We just have to correct those things and move on."

On watch Hawai'i
"They were one of the first teams to play this year and they were definitely putting up points. They’re looking like a different team than last year so we can’t sleep on them or anything like that. We’re just going to go over film this week so we still have to watch them, but I feel like we’ll be ready for them in this upcoming week."

On his own personal progress
"I feel like I’ve improved a lot compared to my last two years here. There are always things that I can work on and can get better at. I never want to settle, to be at one pace. I can always be better at my craft, so that’s how I always look at it. I always look at it game-to-game, just looking at little things I can work on. I take notes on it and then try and perfect that for the next game."

Linebacker Sione Takitaki
On being disruptive up front
"I think we need to film study and attack in practice. The coaches do a good job with coming out and setting us up and letting us know that we need to be disruptive and do things actively. On Friday, we didn’t do it and it’s nobody’s fault but the players."

On tackling and getting guys to the ground better
"There were some third downs where there was a one-on-one and you’ve got to make that tackle off the field. We just couldn’t do it and we let a couple get by but starting today we’re going to emphasize that and attack the week for Hawai'i." 

On his relationship with Aleva Hifo
"Aleva is like my little brother. We were really close growing up with each other. Aleva lived and hour away from me. His dad was a high school football coach so my sophomore year I ended up moving in with Aleva and his family to pursue football and stay out of trouble. His dad is like another father figure to me and Aleva is like another brother to me."

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