The Utes will meet their rivals, BYU, Saturday at Rice Eccles Stadium for the first time since 2013 in the regular season.
While we wait patiently for the match up, let’s take a look at the past five reunions between the two. Spoiler Alert: Utah wins them all.
2010 - That Burton Block was Payne-ful
Played at Rice Eccles Stadium, this was the last matchup that both teams would be members of the Mountain West. BYU led through the first three quarters before Utah would score a 40-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter. With the Utes trailing behind 13-3, a fumble and DeVonte Christopher reception in the end zone made the score 13-10. A field goal for BYU and a touchdown for the Utes put the Utes up 17-16. With four seconds remaining, BYU’s Mitch Payne was set-up to kick a game winning field goal on the 22-yard line. Cornerback, Brandon Burton, sealed the Utah victory when he block Payne’s field-goal attempt.
2011 - The Benny Hill Show starring Jake Heaps
The PAC-12 Utes met the Independent Cougars at LaVell Edward Stadium with their first non-conference September meeting. Within the first minute of this game with BYU on offense, it was as if the football started rejecting quarterback, Jake Heaps. Despite the problematic first quarter for BYU, heading into half time the score was 14-10 with BYU only trailing by four. This would all change during the second half when Utah scored 40 unanswered points and BYU continued to face endless turnovers. The final score was 54-10 the largest margin since 1983.
2012 - The Third Times the Charm
This Utah victory goes down as one of the most frustrating wins in rivalry history, especially if you were an at home spectator. At the end of three quarters, Utah was up 24-7 but throughout the fourth quarter the rivalry would kick into full effect with BYU scoring twice to make it 24-21. With BYU on offense, the final play of the game resulted in an incomplete pass and Utah fans rushed the field. After review, the incomplete pass left one second still on the clock and BYU was given another chance to tackle the steep 51-yard field goal. A blocked kick and another early rushing of the field by Utah fans resulted in a 15-yard penalty giving BYU a third chance. Utah would go onto finally win the game, 24-21, after the BYU field goal attempt ricocheted off of the left upright. Utah fans rushed the field for the third time and not a second too early.
2013 - Welcome to Ute Hill, Taysom
The Utes and Cougars played at Lavell Edwards stadium for their last meetup before what should have been a three year hiatus. Utah shut out BYU 13-0 going into half time and led 20-6 early into the fourth quarter. In typical Holy War fashion, BYU would score with less than six minutes left in regulation and would bring the Cougars within a touchdown of tying the game. A mishap with Utah offense left BYU with the ball near midfield with 39 seconds left to play. Quarterback, Taysom Hill, would throw four incomplete passes to seal a Utah win.
2015 - Las Vegas Bowl - “This is Utah’s World and BYU’s Just living In It”
In a match-up that left every Utah fan wanting more and every BYU fan rejoice, the Holy War would move to a neutral Sin City in the first ever postseason meet up. Punter, Tom Hackett set the tone for the bowl game when at a pre-game even he stated, “This is Utah’s world and BYU is just living in it.” With time still left in the first quarter, BYU would struggle through five turnovers and several mismanaged plays and Utah would lead BYU 35-0. BYU went onto score 28 unanswered points and Utah never scored again. A final score of 35-28 resulted in a Utah victory and the last win for the Utes verses head coach Bronco Mendenhall, leaving him one shy of his 100th career victory.