The Holy War:
The heated rivalry between the University of Utah Utes and Brigham Young University Cougars returns to the field this September. The throw-down between these two universities was named the “Holy War” – in respect to Utah being a public university that is owned by the State of Utah and BYU being owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and the vast cultural differences between the two schools – which was renamed The Duel (sponsored by Deseret First) in 2008.
Fun Facts about the Utah v. BYU Rivalry:
Here are some surprising need to know facts about the rivalry:
- The two-year hiatus in 2014-2015 was the first time the two hadn’t played since taking a break in 1943-1945, because of World War II.
- Each team has one shutout against the other – BYU won in 1979, 27-0, and Utah won in 2003, 3-0.
- The biggest Utah point spread was in 1922, 49-0, and for BYU was in 1980, 56-6.
- The rivalry game in 1928 ended with a 0-0 tie.
- Every game from 2005-2012 was won by whoever had less turnovers.
- Utah claims the first game the two team had ever played was in 1896, but BYU says it wasn’t until 1922.
- There is also a discrepancy in the win-tie-loss record between the schools. BYU claims that Utah leads 54-31-4, and Utah claims they lead 57-34-4.
- Utah dominated the rivalry until 1972 when LaVell Edwards was hired at BYU.
- Since 2000, Utah has averaged a 14-point victory. BYU has averaged a four-point victory.
- The last dominate victory the Cougars have had was in 1996, 37-17, against the Utes.
- The Utes have had three blowout wins against BYU since 2000 (in 2004, 52-21, 2008, 48-24, and 2011, 54-10).
- While they were a part of it, BYU and Utah together had the most conference championships in the Mountain West Conference.
- Both teams have had four conference championship titles in the MW since 1999.
- Utah has 24 conference championships in their history and BYU has had 23.
- BYU claimed the national championship in 1984.
Memorable Quotes from Players and Coaches:
- “The hatred between BYU and Utah is nothing compared to what it will be. It will be a crusade to beat BYU from now on,” Utah coach Wayne Howard, 1977.
- “All those guys think that is all there is to life,” said BYU’s Lenny Gomes about Utah and its fans in 1993. “But when I’m making $50-60,000 a year, they’ll be pumping my gas. They’re low-class losers.”
- “I really hate them,” said Utah quarterback Alex Smith in 2004. “Playing in the game helped me understand that they are the most arrogant people. It’s the whole church and state thing. They’re the ‘good kids,’ and we’re the ‘bad kids.’ I didn’t feel it in my gut last year like I do now.”
- “I don’t like Utah,” said BYU quarterback Max Hall in 2009. “In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, their fans, I hate everything. It felt really good to send those guys home.”
- “…Which leads me to end and say, this is Utah’s world and BYU’s living in it,” said Utah punter Tom Hackett in 2015.
Why Are We Giving BYU v. Utah Football Tickets Away?
The Advocates’ office – like many Utah households – are split down the middle of those that “bleed” blue or “bleed” red! Our in-house rivalry was peeked upon the announcement of the return of The Duel in 2016. Inspired by our friendly company-wide competition, we decided to giveaway two tickets to the rivalry game!
To enter the contest, visit: https://www.utahadvocates.com/community/utah-v-byu-football-game-contest/.
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