Current and former BYU and Utah players talk about the rivalry and what it means to them today

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 2:47 p.m. MDT

The big game between BYU and Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium is only two days away, and the excitement and anticipation in the Beehive State is generating plenty of buzz. With such a long history between these two teams, there have been plenty of unforgettable moments.

So what moments stick out to former BYU and Utah players and what do they think of the rivalry now? Sports radio shows across the state have had plenty of former Cougars and Utes on the airwaves and asked them these questions.

Here is what they had to say.

Justin Giles is a recent graduate of the University of Utah. EMAIL: justingiles22@gmail.com

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

As Kehl acknowledges, Whittingham does a much better job than Bronco.

But to Bronco's credit, he has more important things to worry about, like that week's devotional.

perfidemintrepidus
Riverton, UT

Dennis Erickson (Utah offensive coordinator)
His thoughts on BYU and returning to Provo

“I like to forget about 1990. We went down there and we were ranked No. 1 in the country coming off a national championship and they (BYU) beat us and Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy and he never has thanked me."

When was Dennis Erickson an offensive coordinator for BYU? This is news to me as no online source supports that claim.

IRIE eyes
Wahiawa, HI

@perfidemintrepidus Dennis Erickson was the head coach for the Miami Hurricanes from 1989 to 1994. Miami played BYU in the season opener of the 1990 season and lost.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Do Harline's thoughts seem contradictory to anyone else? He says Utah "plays up" the rivalry, while BYU treats it as just another game, but then says Utah "for whatever reason" plays loose, while BYU plays tight. Tightening up in one particular game every year isn't a sign that they treat it as just another game.

Also, I appreciate the credit Kehl gives to Whit, but his comment about BYU "several times" having a "far superior team" seem a little biased and over the top. BYU was a far superior team during the 70s and 80s and they showed it nearly every time they played Utah. They've been much more evenly matched over the last twenty years, as is indicated by the final scores, and (as also indicated by the scores), the only years that one team has been "far superior" to the other in the last decade, it's clearly been Utah. I like Kehl and think he's a fantastic player, but as the Monday Night Football crew would say..."C'MON MAN!!"

Jefe-Ute
SLC, UT

Ha. I loved reading the comments by Harline. If it is "just another game" to BYU, then they must know they are going to lose because they always come out tight, while Utah comes out loose. What an idiot. I'm excited for the game tomorrow and hope it's a good game, no injuries, and a close game. It just wasn't very fun to see BYU give up in the second half last year. Win or lose, you like to see both teams give 100% for the full length of the game.

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