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One last look: 50 top photos from this year's local college football scene (50 items)

By Deseret News

Jan. 7, 2014

The 2013-14 college football season is officially in the books, and this year gave fans plenty of indelible images here in the state of Utah.

BYU beat Texas at home, but it also dropped five games. Weather issues, and a big win over Boise State, also played their part in the Cougars' wild 2013 ride.

Utah beat the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium and upset then-No. 5 Stanford. But the Utes, dealing with QB issues again, failed to get bowl eligible for the second season in a row.

Utah State lost star quarterback Chuckie Keeton to injury, yet the Aggies rallied and won the Mountain Division in the Mountain West Conference. They were then victorious in a second-consecutive bowl game, a program first.

Here's some of the best images of the state's three FBS teams and the trials and triumphs they experienced this season.

1 of 50. Legendary coaching rivals

Former BYU and NFL football player Hans Olsen has fun with former head coaches LaVell Edwards and Ron McBride. Participants take part in the 25th annual Liberty Mutual Zions Bank invitational benefiting the national kidney foundation of Utah and Idaho Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Salt Lake Country Club.

2 of 50. Flipping over the competition

Utah Utes wide receiver Anthony Denham (8) leaps over Utah State Aggies safety Brian Suite (21) during NCAA football in Salt Lake City Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Utah won 30-26.

3 of 50. Chuckie Keeton celebrates

Quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) of the Utah State Aggies celebrates scoring in the third quarter against the University of Utah during NCAA football in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.

4 of 50. Bring on the noise

Utah State Aggies defensive end B.J. Larsen (99) taunts the cord after getting called for a tackle after he lost his helmet during NCAA football in Salt Lake City Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Utah won 30-26.

5 of 50. Keeton in focus

Quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) of Utah State scrambles against the University of Utah during NCAA football in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.
1. PookyBear84010
KAYSVILLE, UT,
Jan. 7, 2014

"Married rivals" may seem to be a funny picture, but why does the wife get to call her husband stupid in public? Everyone would be upset if it went the other way, no matter what the teams were. Somehow it got to be acceptable to call men stupid, but not women.

2. Jesso
Washington, UT,
Jan. 7, 2014

@PookyBear84010 He did spell "Cougers" wrong.

3. Abeille
West Point, UT,
Jan. 7, 2014

Point well taken, PookyBear. However, I thought the 'stupid' part of this was that he had misspelled 'Cougars' on his sign (C-O-U-G-E-R-S). Makes you wonder whether there was really a B.Y.U. fan between the two of them, doesn't it?

4. New to Utah
PAYSON, UT,
Jan. 7, 2014

These were great pictures & reminded me how great
college football is. Chuckle Keaton's injury didn't stop the
Aggies who finished strong. BYU played lights out against Boise
State & Texas but fell apart @Notre Dame,Badgers & UW. Utah found
a way to beat BYU @ LES & the Aggies @RES but other than
Stanford it was downhill for the Utes. College football is such a
great sport thanks for the recap in pictures.