BYU, USU football: A look at when the Aggies have beaten the Cougars in the past 35 years

Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 11:26 a.m. MDT

Among them:

  • After the game, the goalpost was torn down by jubilant Aggie fans. Later, then-USU athletic director Chuck Bell cut the goalpost up into 9-inch pieces and sold them for $58.56.
  • At the time, BYU’s 56 points tied an NCAA record for most points scored in a loss.
  • BYU quarterback John Walsh passed for 619 yards, a single-game school record that still stands today.
  • The game marked BYU’s fourth-straight loss that season, the last time that happened until BYU lost four straight after losing to USU in 2010.
  • The Cougars had won 10 straight games in the series before that defeat. BYU was also enjoying a 10-game winning streak before their 2010 game against the Aggies.
USU head coach Matt Wells was on the sidelines for that game as a backup quarterback.

“I was holding the clipboard for Anthony Calvillo while watching him throw the ball up and down the field,” he said. “There was a lot of writing for me on the clipboard that day. We won 58-56 and that was a big win for the Aggies that day.”

Wells said he may remember back-to-back-to-back touchdowns only in that game — a strike from Calvillo (472 passing yards, five touchdowns), a BYU kickoff return and an 80-yard pass from Calvillo the next play.

Oct. 1, 2010: UTAH STATE 31, BYU 16

Fueled by ballcarriers Diondre Borel, Derrvin Speight and Kerwynn Williams, USU raced to a 17-0 lead and held on for its first win over the rival Cougars since 1993. The Aggies compiled 242 rushing yards against the Cougars and Borel completed 10 of 13 passes, prompting BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall to fire defensive coordinator Jaime Hill the next day. Hill cleared his office at the start of the following week.

In the stands that evening was a high school senior named Chuckie Keeton. Now a member of the Heisman Watch List, Keeton has said that the win helped convince him to commit to USU.

“I can’t even explain it,” said center Tyler Larsen, the only starter from that game still on USU’s roster. “It was probably one of funnest games we have played, just having that atmosphere around. Half the stadium was full of BYU people — and then people were rushing the field. Absolutely crazy, knowing what we did for the first time in 17 years against those guys. That was huge, knowing that we were making history.”

“Words can’t describe,” said safety Cameron Sanders, who had two tackles in the game. “Weight off of our shoulders.”

It was USU’s largest win over BYU since a 42-19 victory on Sept. 23, 1972, and the largest in Logan since a 29-7 win the fall before that.

Rhett Wilkinson is a project manager for UtahPolicy.com and hails the true-blooded Aggies from Utah. The co-founder of magazine Aggie BluePrint.com, he's been an intern for the Deseret News and other publications. rhett.wilkinson@usu.edu | @wilklogan

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