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Classic BYU and USU matchups on general conference weekend

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 8:28 a.m. MDT

Eathyn Manumaleuna (right) of Brigham Young reaches in vain to tackle Diondre Borel of Utah State during the second half of play at Romney Stadum in Logan Friday, October 1, 2010. Utah State defeated BYU 31-16.
 (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News) Eathyn Manumaleuna (right) of Brigham Young reaches in vain to tackle Diondre Borel of Utah State during the second half of play at Romney Stadum in Logan Friday, October 1, 2010. Utah State defeated BYU 31-16. (Brian Nicholson, Deseret News)

It's become a tradition.

Families coming together to watch, learn and be edified.

First by taking in the Utah State-BYU game on Friday, then enjoying LDS general conference on Saturday and Sunday.

On a weekend where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints look forward to spiritual messages from LDS Church leaders, the BYU-USU football game has provide a fun prelude on Friday night.

There have been some fun games over the years, starting in 1922 and going on up to the increased intensity of the last three games, which included an Aggie victory in 2010 and two close BYU wins in 2011 and 2012.

It's not Utah-BYU, but it's still an important game, said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.

“It’s a different kind of rivalry. I’m not saying it’s better or worse,” he said. “It’s just different — and I think it should be. Different teams, a little bit more distance, but I think it’s a great game and it has been the past number of years that it’s gone right down to the end.”

Take a look back at eight memorable games between Utah State and BYU that were played the same weekend as general conference.

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