Must-know facts and stats going into the BYU-Utah football game (10 items)
Excitement, anticipation, banter and trash talk are buzzing in the Beehive State. The BYU-Utah rivalry continues Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8:15 p.m. MDT in Provo.
Regardless of past outcomes, no matter what the streaks and stats and records are, each new contest is a fresh chapter in which anything can happen. Since the Utes and Cougars won’t meet again until 2016, bragging rights for the next three years are on the line.
But more than that is at stake. A win for Utah will give it renewed confidence as it resumes Pac-12 play, following a disappointing loss at home to Oregon State on Sept. 14. A win for BYU will likewise increase its confidence as it looks ahead to the remainder of the season. And of course, a win for either team puts it one step closer to qualifying for a bowl game.
Over the years, the faces of coaches and players change, but the rivalry between these two squads remains constantly intense. Here are 10 facts about the rivalry going into Saturday’s showdown.
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1 of 10. 1. Utes dominated early rivalry games
2 of 10. 2. Turning points
Ron McBride, during his fourth season as Utah’s head coach (1993), turned the tide for the Utes, ushering in their recent dominance over the Cougars.
3 of 10. 3. Shutouts
• The last time Utah shut out BYU was in 2003 (the final score was 3-0). This shutout was significant because it snapped what was at the time for BYU an NCAA record of 361 consecutive games without being shut out.
4 of 10. 4. Biggest beat-downs
• In 1980, BYU clobbered Utah, 56-6.
5 of 10. 5. Highs and lows
• In 1989, the Utes and Cougars combined for a single-game series-record 101 points in a 70-31 BYU victory.
• Most points scored by Utah in a game against BYU: 57 in Utah’s 57-28 win in 1988.
• Most points scored by BYU in a game against Utah: 70 in BYU’s 70-31 win in 1989.