History of the rivalry: The top 15 BYU vs. Utah football games (15 items)
The BYU-Utah rivalry is about to hit its first hiatus since World War II as the Utes visit LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. It will be three long years before the Cougars travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016 to resume one of college football's most intense rivalries.
So, what better time than the present to look back at some of the rivalry's most memorable games?
From the first brawl in 1896 to Fandemonium in 2012, with the Rice Bowl and answered prayer in between, these are the 15 games to remember as BYU prepares to receive Utah.
Lafe Peavler is a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler
1 of 15. A rivalry is born: April 6, 1896 — Utah 12, BYA 4
However, Utah is right to count those first six games as the genesis of the rivalry.
After all, passions ran high after Utah beat BYA 12-4. The first rivalry brawl followed the first rivalry game, according to BYUCougars.com.
The actual game didn't count for much as it was a spring scrimmage, but its aftermath sets this game apart in history.
2 of 15. Wayne Howard's crusade: Nov. 18, 1978 — Utah 23 BYU 22
In 1977, Edwards put Marc Wilson back into the game against the Utes despite a commanding lead so that Wilson could break the NCAA record for passing yards. Wilson tore up the Utah secondary for 571 yards, and BYU won in a 38-8 rout.
That didn't sit well with Utah head coach Wayne Howard. He made it his "crusade" to beat the Cougars the next year. True to his word, Utah beat BYU 23-22 in 1978.
This would be Utah's only win over BYU between 1972 and 1988.
3 of 15. Scoreboard: Nov. 22, 1980 — BYU 56 Utah 6
Before there was Johnny Manziel, there was Jim McMahon.
McMahon led BYU to an embarrassing rout of the Utes as BYU rolled its way to its first bowl victory in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. A few Utah fans tried to heckle McMahon after yet another touchdown.
All McMahon did in response was point at the scoreboard.
The Cougars thrashed the Utes 56-6. That game stands as the biggest margin of victory for either team.
4 of 15. The Rice Bowl: Nov. 19, 1988 — Utah 57 BYU 28
BYU entered this game as an 11-point favorite as the Cougars just didn't lose to Utah during the glory days of LaVell Edwards.
Little did they know the offensive onslaught that was awaiting them.
The Utes scored 57 points on the Cougars, which is the most they've scored against their arch-rival. The BYU offense was more than happy to help the Utes as it committed eight turnovers during the game.
BYU learned not to underestimate its rival that day.
5 of 15. Ty Detmer's revenge: Nov. 18, 1989 — BYU 70 Utah 31
The Utes may have wished that they hadn't beaten BYU so badly in 1988.
Ty Detmer and the Cougars absolutely destroyed hapless Utah. Detmer led the offense on eight touchdown drives before handing off to the backups. The Cougars finished the game with an incredible 750 yards of total offense.
Utah didn't help itself by losing four fumbles. The poor Utes couldn't even stop the BYU backups as Stacey Corley ran in a 81-yard touchdown and Peter Tuipulotu put the final exclamation point on the game with a 29-yard touchdown.
Seventy points remains the highest score from either team in this rivalry.