The last time BYU beat Utah was in 2009. Since then, the Utes has won five straight games over the Cougars. With the Holy War renewed in the regular season for the first time since 2013, we thought we would take a look at how the world has changed since BYU last defeated Utah. This is far from an exhaustive list of everything that has happened in the almost seven years since BYU beat Utah. There are children in school who were born after BYU last beat Utah.
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Avatar, the highest grossing movie ever, was not released until a few weeks after BYU last defeated Utah.
Obama Care did not yet exist. It was not signed into law by President Barack Obama until March 23, 2010.
The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill did not happen until April of 2010. Nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil spilled into the Gulf and billions were spent to clean up the disastrous spill.
The United States still had troops in Iraq the last time BYU won against Utah. The combat mission in Iraq did not end until August of 2010 and troops were officially pulled out (with the exception of troops at U.S. Embassies) by the end of 2011.
Instagram was not around yet. It did not start until October of 2010.
The Syrian Civil War started in March of 2011, which led to the rise of the terrorist group ISIS. ISIS captured Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, in June of 2010. Multiple deadly terrorist attacks have been carried out by ISIS supporters including in Paris and Orlando.
Osama Bin Laden was still alive for BYU’s last win over Utah. United States commandos killed Bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away from cancer on October 5, 2011.
The United States was divided by the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February of 2012 by George Zimmerman in Florida. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in July of 2013.
2012 saw two of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. In May, 12 people were killed at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. In December, the worst mass-shooting at a U.S. school occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary where 26 people (including 20 children) were killed.
Hurrican Sandy decimated New York in October of 2012, killing 285 people and causing roughly $75 billion in damages.
The Boston Marathon bombing occurred in April of 2013.
The deadliest Ebola virus outbreak ever started in 2013 in West Africa. To date, the outbreak has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people.
In 2014, the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in the states of Colorado and Washington.
Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the alleged head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was captured by Mexican officials in February of 2014. He subsequently escaped from prison in July of 2015 and was again captured in January of 2016.
Scotland voted in September of 2014 not to leave the United Kingdom.
Details about Bill Cosby’s sexual assaults of over 20 women first came to light in October of 2014.
Nine people were killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina in June of 2015. Nine more people were killed in a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon in October of 2014.
Same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide since June 26, 2015.
In July of 2015, the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic relations after 54 years.
Hilary Clinton was the Secretary of State, and Donald Trump was the host of the Apprentice the last time BYU beat Utah. They are now the Democrat and Republican nominees respectively for President.
Alabama was not a dynasty yet. The last time BYU defeated Utah was before Alabama won their first national championship under Nick Saban, though he would win in later that season. Alabama has won four of the last seven national championships under Nick Saban, and it all started after BYU last defeated Utah. Alabama also did not yet have a Heisman winner until a few weeks later when Mark Ingram became the Crimson Tide’s first ever winner of the award.
Utah was not yet a Pac-12 team. They joined the conference in 2011 along with Colorado.
The Penn State child abuse scandal came to light in 2011, two years after BYU last defeated Utah. Jerry Sandusky was found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and a maximum of 60 years in prison. Joe Paterno passed away shortly after the scandal came to light in January of 2012.
The United States has won two Olympic Gold medals in all-around, women’s team gymnastics first in 2012 in London and in 2016 in Rio. Prior to those medals, it was not since 1996 that the U.S. women won.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became the second freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
Auburn defeated Alabama on the "kick six" in 2013 and went on to play and lose to Florida State for the 2014 BCS National Championship.
The Los Angeles Clippers former owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA due to racist remarks made in 2014.
In May of 2015, Floyd Mayweather fought and defeated Manny Pacquiao in the "Fight of the Century."
In 2015, American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.
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