Dec 1, 2010

Was Bradley Down?

It's pretty safe to say the outcome was heavily influenced by the call that Bradley fumbled before being down. But was it really a fumble? So far pretty much both sides agree that he was down. But regardless the call went against BYU. Why was the call made the way it was? We will never know.

You make the call, based on the photographic evidence below. Was he down?

Even if the call was bad, BYU still had a chance to win, but props must be given to the Utes for an athletic play to race around the edge and block what would have been the game winning Field Goal.

I for one believe that BYU is handling this in a very classy way, unlike a previous example of a possibly poor call in the BYU SDSU game. A call that also didn't have nearly the dramatic effect on the outcome of the game as this one did.

Nov 27, 2010

The game decided by the refs

Another thrilling victory in the Holy War Rivalry. After out performing the Utes on the field for 3 and a half quarters the Cougars end up having this game taken away from them by a blown call giving the Utes the ball and the chance to score to go up by 1 point. Although the Cougars were able to move the ball down the field to setup the field goal, but the Utes shoot around the edge and block the kick, ending the game.

Hard to call this one a win by the Utes. Maybe a win by the Refs?

Half time during the Holy War 2010

Both teams look remarkably even, with a slight edge going to the Cougars who have moved the ball better and whose defense has been significantly better.

Right now the Cougars lead the Utes 6 to 0. Will the Cougars be able to keep shutting out the Utes? Stay tuned!

Nov 24, 2010

Mutual Respect

I've always enjoyed Coach Edwards and McBride. I think they are two of the classier rivalry coaches you'll ever see interact with each other. In that spirit of mutual respect and keeping the fun in the rivalry, I share this video from KSL Sports.

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Some Rivalry Quotes

Feelings run hot in this rivalry, and neither side is immune to it. I've collected a few of my favorite quotes on the rivalry from former players and coaches.

This today will be inspiring. The hatred between BYU and Utah is nothing compared to what it will be. It will be a crusade to beat BYU from now on. This is a prediction: In the next two years Utah will drill BYU someday, but we won’t run up the score even if we could set an NCAA record against them.
Wayne Howard, Utah Coach. 1977

What I hated the most about BYU was getting trounced.
Steve Folsom, Utah TE. 1980

It was just as easy as it looked. It was like we were running against air. It was easy to break tackles and find holes. Their defense didn't seem to be there.
Fred Whittingham, BYU RB. 1989

All those guys think that's all there is to life. But when I'm making $50–60,000 a year, they'll be pumping my gas. They're low-class losers.
Lenny Gomes, BYU NG. 1993

Even our cheerleaders are kicking your butt.
Steve Smith, Utah WR. 1999

From now on we're going to leave our flags at home and they should do the same.
Val Hale, BYU AD. 1999

[Players are not allowed to refer to BYU by name, but by the 'Team Down South' (abbreviated to TDS)]
Urban Meyer, Utah Coach. 2003

[Fans begin referencing Utah as SNOT (School North of Town) in response to TDS.]
BYU Fans, 2003

I really hate them. Playing in the game helped me understand. They are the most arrogant people. It's the whole church and state thing. They're the 'good kids'. We're the 'bad kids.' I didn't feel it in my gut last year like I do now.
Alex Smith, Utah QB. 2004

I hate those *bleeping* pricks! I hate them with a passion.
Morgan Scalley, Utah DB. 2004

Obviously, when you're doing what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it. Magic happens.
Austin Collie, BYU WR. 2007

I don't like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program. I hate their fans. I hate everything. So, it feels good to send those guys home. They didn't deserve it. It was our time and it was our time to win. We deserved it. We played as hard as we could tonight, and it felt really good to send them home and to get them out of here, so it is a game I'll always remember ... I think the whole university and their fans and organization is classless. They threw beer on my family and stuff last year, and did a whole bunch of nasty things. I don't respect them, and they deserve to lose.
Max Hall, BYU QB. 2009

Do you have any quotes that you love that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

Nov 23, 2010

The Future of the Holy War to be More Colorful

I have just heard that starting next year, and from then on both teams will wear their dark home jerseys. Thanks to todays modern color televisions (not to mention high definition) it is no longer necessary for the contrasting whites and darks of home and away jerseys. Other modern rivalries that have gone to dueling home jerseys include USC and UCLA.

Big thanks to Greg Wrubell for the news.

Here's hoping to some great looking future games.

Rivalry Food Drive

There's absolutely no reason why we should let a Holy War keep us from remembering our responsibilities to the needy. In line with that, The BYU-Utah food drive is in full swing. A friendly competition between two competitors can really help out a lot of people.

BYU fans can find more information here:

Ute fans, I haven't been able to find a page like the one above for you, however I know you can buy t-shirts with proceeds going to the drive here. If you know of another link, please leave it in the comments.