Commentary: The best and worst of BYU football fans (10 items)
PROVO — Ah, BYU fans. One moment they are down and depressed, calling for the coach’s job, 550 yards later they are celebrating like it is 1984.
Yes, days after BYU’s utterly disappointing performance in the Cougar’s season opener against Virginia, fans were understandably bitter. Offensive coordinator Robert Anae’s debut of the highly anticipated “Go Fast, Go Hard” mantra was — in reality — rather slow in scoring points and overall hard to view.
Then the Longhorns arrived and, like the storm that shook the stadium and provided another game day of delays, quarterback Taysom Hill and the Cougars sent the Longhorns back to Texas without their top 25 ranking and their defensive coordinator.
Fans can be viewed as the “invisible hand” that prompts coaching changes and gives backup quarterbacks hope for playing time. As such, taking a look back at the good and the bad of BYU’s passionate fan base is worthwhile.
What are the best and worst moments in BYU fan history? Let's take a closer look.
Dave Gillespie earned his bachelor degree in history from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2011. While working in the past as a sports editor in Texas, he currently works as the world geography instructor at IDEA College Prep in Pharr, Texas.
1 of 10. The die-hards
2 of 10. No sellout sendoff
This one is particularly disturbing. How Cougar Stadium-turned-LaVell Edwards Stadium did not sell out, or at least get to 64,000 is, frankly, pathetic.
The guy who put Provo, Utah, on the college football powerhouse map, gave the state of Utah its only college football national championship, Heisman trophy winner and, along the way, nearly copyrighted the forward pass only had 62,308 supporters in attendance on his last home game.
That final attendance figure was the count at the end of the game. Who knows how few showed up on time?
3 of 10. Miracle against Miami
The rabid fans wearing ties in honor of the future Heisman Trophy winner were a big part in creating the energy and momentum needed to take down the defending national champs.
4 of 10. Booing the national champions
If there is one moment representative of a certain segment of BYU fans, it is this one. Bosco gave the university and the state of Utah a national championship — something that hasn’t been repeated since by any Utah team — and Cougar fans call for the backup in a 28-21 win over Air Force.
For better or worse, the fans in blue are hard to please.
5 of 10. Switzer salute
The former coach of the University of Oklahoma knows a bit about rabid fans after playing in big game after big game.
However, after BYU fans ingeniously created the “Barry Switzer Sewage Treatment Plant” in Midvale, Utah. The coach paid Cougar fans a huge compliment when he stated Cougar fans were as rabid as any fan base in the nation.