Current and former BYU and Utah players talk about the rivalry and what it means to them today (10 items)
The big game between BYU and Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium is only two days away, and the excitement and anticipation in the Beehive State is generating plenty of buzz. With such a long history between these two teams, there have been plenty of unforgettable moments.
So what moments stick out to former BYU and Utah players and what do they think of the rivalry now? Sports radio shows across the state have had plenty of former Cougars and Utes on the airwaves and asked them these questions.
Here is what they had to say.
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1 of 10. Jake Kuresa (former BYU lineman)
“When you're playing, you definitely dislike them ya know and you definitely want to win. It’s the biggest game, but once you step on the field, overall there is a mutual level of respect and I would say that the rivalry is intense but I wouldn’t say that it’s nasty on the field ….”
2 of 10. Dennis Erickson (Utah offensive coordinator)
“I like to forget about 1990. We went down there and we were ranked No. 1 in the country coming off a national championship and they (BYU) beat us and Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy and he never has thanked me."
3 of 10. Jordan Pendleton (former BYU linebacker)
“It’s obviously different than any other game that’s on our schedule. The difference between playing a Colorado State or any other team versus Utah we may not sit and act like it's above any other game but you can just feel it. Even if they are not saying it is bigger than any other week, as soon as Monday rolls around and it's time to start preparing for that Utah game you can just feel a difference in the locker room, film room and in the meetings ….”
4 of 10. Steve Tate (former Utes safety)
“I had a lot of fun talking back and forth. It’s funny, a lot of fans when they see that they automatically assume that it's vulgar language and cussing and in reality it's not. A lot of it is fun to sit back and talk and when you get participation on both sides it’s a lot of fun. One guy I talked back and forth with throughout the game was Max Hall a little bit. He would run his mouth, he was good at doing that. But you know at the end of the game it's no hard feelings type thing. We both congratulated each other after the game and went our ways ….”
5 of 10. Rob Morris (former BYU and NFL linebacker)
“In all of my career I never noticed it. … I always respected them and I think it’s really to be honest with you more in the stands. Now I don’t know if there is a little bit of bad blood between the coaches, but when the ball kicks off and you start hitting, all that stuff kind of disappears and then it’s just another football game. I don’t know if you have time or energy to think about all those other things.”