BYU vs. USU: 10 things you didn't know about the Cougars vs. the Aggies (10 items)
The BYU-Utah State game is just around the corner, and the fans are excited to watch Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies face off against Kyle Van Noy and the Cougars. This rivalry may not get the attention or glamor that the BYU vs. Utah rivalry has, but there's plenty of interesting material over its long history.
After all, the Aggies and Cougars have been playing since 1922. That's plenty of time for all sorts of interesting things to happen.
Here's 10 things you didn't know about the BYU vs. Utah State rivalry.
Lafe Peavler is a sports writer intern at the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler
1 of 10. The first official BYU game was against Utah State
The Aggies pounded the fledgling Cougars 42-3.
BYU's second game was against arch-rival Utah, but Utah State can be proud of the fact that it was the first team to defeat the Cougars.
2 of 10. Utah State football isn't the younger brother ...
The Utah State "Farmers" played the University of Utah in 1892. That's four years before BYA played its first game in 1896 and 30 years before BYU's first official game. So whatever names Cougar fans throw at the Aggies, Utah State owns the older football team.
3 of 10. Battling for the Old Wagon Wheel
The Old Wagon Wheel references Utah's pioneer heritage, making it an important reminder of the state's past. The first battle for the Old Wagon Wheel took place on Oct. 23, 1948, and the Aggies took it home after a 20-7 victory.
However, fans of the losing team in this rivalry have been known to steal and hide the Old Wagon Wheel from the winner, according to BYUCougars.com. The teams guard this historic trophy too closely these days for that to happen now.
4 of 10. LaVell Edwards was an Aggie
And you'd be wrong.
In fact, Edwards was an All-Skyline Conference center for the Aggies. So, why did Edwards pick USU over BYU?
“If I’d gone to the Y., I would have had to live at home, and my job would have been milking the cows," Edwards told BYUCougars.com. "I was sick of milking those two darned cows. I’d have gone to Utah to get away from ‘em. Well maybe not Utah, but I wanted to get away.”
5 of 10. Returned missionaries at Utah State
The Aggies have 24 players who have served missions, which is third in the nation behind Utah (25) and BYU (47), according to the Deseret News. Utah State players have served in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Jarom Baldomero), Santiago, Chile (Jordan Brown), Halifax, Canada (Clayton Christensen) and Veracruz, Mexico (Jarom Ioane).