The BYU-Utah rivalry is about to hit its first hiatus since World War II as the Utes visit LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday. It will be three long years before the Cougars travel to Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2016 to resume one of college football's most intense rivalries.

So, what better time than the present to look back at some of the rivalry's most memorable games?

From the first brawl in 1896 to Fandemonium in 2012, with the Rice Bowl and answered prayer in between, these are the 15 games to remember as BYU prepares to receive Utah.

Lafe Peavler is a national college football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @MasterPeavler

A rivalry is born: April 6, 1896 — Utah 12, BYA 4

There's some dispute on when the rivalry actually began. BYU doesn't count any games before 1922, but Utah counts the six games when BYU was still Brigham Young Academy.

However, Utah is right to count those first six games as the genesis of the rivalry.

After all, passions ran high after Utah beat BYA 12-4. The first rivalry brawl followed the first rivalry game, according to

The actual game didn't count for much as it was a spring scrimmage, but its aftermath sets this game apart in history.

Wayne Howard's crusade: Nov. 18, 1978 — Utah 23 BYU 22

This game came right in the middle of the darkest era for Utah. The Utes couldn't figure out how to stop LaVell Edwards' passing attack, and BYU was on a six-game winning streak over its rival.

In 1977, Edwards put Marc Wilson back into the game against the Utes despite a commanding lead so that Wilson could break the NCAA record for passing yards. Wilson tore up the Utah secondary for 571 yards, and BYU won in a 38-8 rout.

That didn't sit well with Utah head coach Wayne Howard. He made it his "crusade" to beat the Cougars the next year. True to his word, Utah beat BYU 23-22 in 1978.

This would be Utah's only win over BYU between 1972 and 1988.

Scoreboard: Nov. 22, 1980 — BYU 56 Utah 6

Before there was Johnny Manziel, there was Jim McMahon.

McMahon led BYU to an embarrassing rout of the Utes as BYU rolled its way to its first bowl victory in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. A few Utah fans tried to heckle McMahon after yet another touchdown.

All McMahon did in response was point at the scoreboard.

The Cougars thrashed the Utes 56-6. That game stands as the biggest margin of victory for either team.

The Rice Bowl: Nov. 19, 1988 — Utah 57 BYU 28

BYU entered this game as an 11-point favorite as the Cougars just didn't lose to Utah during the glory days of LaVell Edwards.

Little did they know the offensive onslaught that was awaiting them.

The Utes scored 57 points on the Cougars, which is the most they've scored against their arch-rival. The BYU offense was more than happy to help the Utes as it committed eight turnovers during the game.

BYU learned not to underestimate its rival that day.

Ty Detmer's revenge: Nov. 18, 1989 — BYU 70 Utah 31

The Utes may have wished that they hadn't beaten BYU so badly in 1988.

Ty Detmer and the Cougars absolutely destroyed hapless Utah. Detmer led the offense on eight touchdown drives before handing off to the backups. The Cougars finished the game with an incredible 750 yards of total offense.

Utah didn't help itself by losing four fumbles. The poor Utes couldn't even stop the BYU backups as Stacey Corley ran in a 81-yard touchdown and Peter Tuipulotu put the final exclamation point on the game with a 29-yard touchdown.

Seventy points remains the highest score from either team in this rivalry.

34-31, Part I: Nov. 20, 1993 — Utah 34 BYU 31

BYU's LaVell Edwards took an impressive 19-2 record against Utah coming into this game, but Utah's Ron McBride had the Utes on the rise. This game quickly turned into a defensive coordinator's nightmare as both teams combined for 1,130 yards of total offense.

However, this game would come down to Utah kicker Chris Yergensen.

Yergensen hadn't inspired much confidence earlier in the game as he missed two of his three field goal attempts and a PAT. Utah fans were holding their breaths as Yergensen and the Utes lined up for a last-second 55-yard field goal.

Yergensen split the uprights, and Utah won 34-31. The Utes were so overcome with the joy of beating the Cougars, they attempted to tear down the goalposts. This game would mark the end of BYU's domination over Utah that had lasted more than 20 years.

34-31, Part II: Nov. 19, 1994 — Utah 34 BYU 31

BYU fans will forever curse the numbers 34 and 31.

BYU faced its first losing streak to the Utes since 1968-71 as the Cougars traveled to Rice Stadium. Both teams entered this game ranked in the top 20 for the first time in rivalry history.

The Cougars and Utes battled as this game featured six lead changes. The second-to-last lead change featured BYU's John Walsh finding Mike Johnson for a 27-yard touchdown to give the Cougars the lead 31-27 with 2:15 left in the game.

Utah fans sensed that history was about to repeat itself and started chanting "34-31!" They were validated as Cal Beck made a phenomenal 67-yard return on the ensuing kickoff. Shortly after, Utah quarterback Mike McCoy hit the ironically named Charlie Brown for a 20-yard touchdown to put the Utes up for good.

Utah finished the season ranked in the top 10 in both major polls for the first and only time in the Ron McBride era.

The doink heard around Utah Nov. 21, 1998 — BYU 26, Utah 24

Even though both BYU and Utah were departing for the newly formed Mountain West Conference, this game was special as it was their last game in the WAC.

It was a sloppy game for BYU as it coughed up two fumbles that Utah turned into touchdowns. Regardless, the Utes trailed 26-17 with just 2:41 left in the game before Daniel Jones returned a BYU kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. All of the sudden, Utah was a field goal away from sweet victory.

Utah's victory seemed assured when Ryan Kaneshiro lined up for a 32-yard field goal. Kaneshiro shanked the kick and the ball hit the upright with a "doink!"

Last miracle for LaVell: Nov. 24, 2000 — BYU 34, Utah 27

After 29 seasons at BYU, it was time for legendary head coach LaVell Edwards to hang it up. Old coaching rival Ron McBride and the Utes tried to spoil Edwards' retirement party by ending his career with a loss and hand him his first losing season since 1973.

And they almost pulled it off.

Up by one, they had Brandon Doman and BYU pinned deep in its own territory facing fourth-and-13 with just over a minute to go. However, Doman and the BYU offense weren't about to let their coach leave Rice-Eccles Stadium a loser in his final game.

Doman found Jonathan Pittman for a 34-yard gain, and the Cougars determinedly drove down the field. Doman ran into the end zone himself from four yards out to put BYU up for good. Edwards would retire with a 22-7 record against Utah with that win.

BCS busters: Nov. 20, 2004 — Utah 52, BYU 21

Utah stood on the edge of college football history as rivalry week arrived. It was just one win away against arch-rival BYU from become the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to claim an automatic bid to a BCS bowl.

ESPN even sent "College GameDay" to Salt Lake, and Lee Corso put on Swoop's headgear. The eccentric Corso would be right.

The Cougars pulled within 10 with 8:38 left in the third quarter, but Utah would not let BYU ruin its opportunity to play in a big-time bowl. The Utes scored three unanswered touchdowns. Steve Savoy scored on a 92-yard run and a 20-yard pass from Alex Smith. Utah routed BYU 52-21.

BYU head coach Gary Crowton resigned in the wake of this loss, and Florida hired away Utah head coach Urban Meyer. That didn't stop Utah from punctuating its perfect season with a 35-7 win over Pitt in the Fiesta Bowl.

The answered prayer: Nov. 25, 2006 — BYU 33 Utah 31

Utah entered this game looking to push its winning streak over its rival to five games. John Beck and the other Cougar seniors were determined to not leave BYU without notching a win over their arch-rivals. Beck and the Cougars struck first as they took a 14-0 lead with 6:48 to go in the first quarter.

Then, momentum shifted to Utah as the Utes scored 24 unanswered points and entered the fourth quarter up 24-14. Beck and the Cougars battled back with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the Utes blocked an extra point. Brett Ratliff put Utah back up on top by four with just 1:19 left in the game.

Only a touchdown would put BYU on top.

BYU's last play lasted an eternity as Beck couldn't find an open receiver. As he was tackled, Beck made a desperate throw across his body and found Harline all alone in the end zone for the winning touchdown. BYU won 33-31.

Harline caught the touchdown on his knees, and so this game is forever known as the answered prayer.

4th-and-18: Nov. 24, 2007 — BYU 17 Utah 10

The Utah defense was determined not to let BYU break its heart two years in a row after losing on the final play of the game in 2006. BYU quarterback Max Hall struggled all game to move the ball against the Utes as he completed under 50 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and a pick.

BYU found itself down 10-9 late in the fourth quarter.

The Utah defense nearly killed any chance of a BYU comeback as it sacked Hall for an eight-yard loss and forced two incompletions. However, Hall caught the Utah secondary napping on fourth-and-18 as Austin Collie caught a 49-yard pass for the critical first down.

A few plays and a couple of costly Utah penalties later, Harvey Unga rumbled into the end zone from 11 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown.

Utah fans also remember this game for Collie's "magic happens" quote after the game.

George is still running: Nov. 28, 2009 — BYU 26 Utah 23

BYU and Utah fought in the kind of close battle that fans have grown accustomed to under Bronco Mendenhall and Kyle Whittingham.

Utah started the scoring with two Joe Phillips field goals in the first quarter, but the Cougars wouldn't stay scoreless for long. BYU scored 20 unanswered points to take a commanding 20-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Utah came storming back in the fourth quarter and scored two field goals and a touchdown with a 2-point conversion to tie the game 20-20 to force overtime. BYU won the toss and the Cougar defense held the Utes to a field goal on their possession.

Max Hall threw a pinpoint strike to Andrew Jorge on BYU's second offensive play in overtime and George ran into the end zone practically untouched.

While this was a great game, it's also well-known for Hall's post-game comments about "classless" Utah fans.

Burton's block: Nov. 27, 2010 — Utah 17 BYU 16

This was BYU and Utah's final rivalry game as members of the Mountain West before the Utes left for the Pac-12 and the Cougars turned independent.

The BYU defense managed to hold Utah scoreless through three quarters as the offense inched its way to a 13-0 lead. Utah's Joe Phillips then hit a 40-yard field goal to put the Utes on the board, and Jordan Wynn's 37-yard touchdown pass to DeVonte Christopher put Utah within three.

Mitch Payne's 42-yard field goal increased BYU's lead to six. Then, the determined Utes found the end zone again as Matt Asiada rushed in from three yards out and Utah took a 17-16 lead.

BYU responded by driving the ball all the way to the Utah 25-yard line. Mitch Payne had the game in his hands as he lined up for a game-winning 42-yard field goal attempt.

Utah's Brandon Burton had other ideas and blocked Payne's field goal. The Utes held on to win, 17-16.

Fandemonium: Sept. 15, 2012 — Utah 24 BYU 21

This game is by far the most bizarre in rivalry history.

Riley Nelson and the Cougars scored two touchdowns to pull with three points with 3:39 left in the game. Then on the final drive, BYU found itself in familiar territory as it faced fourth-and-12 with just 19 seconds to go.

And once again BYU converted as Nelson found Cody Hoffman for a 47-yard gain.

BYU spiked the ball on the next play to stop the clock with eight seconds left. Nelson made a deep throw that fell incomplete at the Utah sideline. The clock went to zero, the fans rushed the field and the game was over.

Except it wasn't.

The officials reviewed the play and found that there was still one second left on the clock, which was just enough time for a desperation 51-yard field goal attempt. Utah blocked the field goal, and the crowd rushed the field again. Game over, right?


The fans rushed the field while the ball was still live. That's a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and by rule the football game cannot end on a penalty against the defense. Justin Sorenson and the Cougars lined up for a more manageable 36-yard field goal.

The ball hit the left upright. Game over.