BYU, Utes football: String of memorable BYU-Utah games began 20 years ago with unlikely kick

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19 2013 6:44 p.m. MDT

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The Utes came in with their best offense in years behind quarterback Mike McCoy, the future head coach of the San Diego Chargers, and future NFL standout Jamal Anderson, who hadn't been utilized much until late in the season, but ran for 146 yards on this day.

A 47-yard pass from McCoy to Pierre Jones set up Utah’s first score, a short pass from McCoy to Bryan Rowley. After a BYU field goal by Joe Herrick, Utah answered with an 80-yard drive and a 9-yard TD pass from McCoy to Anderson to make it 14-3.

BYU came back with a touchdown pass from Walsh to Bryce Doman before Chris Yergensen booted a 41-yard field goal to make it 17-10 at the half.
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Cottonwood Heights, UT

This is one of my greatest memories of the rivalry. I was sitting in the BYU section at the time with a fellow Ute fan and two other friends that were BYU fans. I sat quietly all game long but when comments started being directed to the two guys in red previous to the kick, I couldn't resist turning around and telling the fans that Yergensen had nothing to lose and they were about to feel extremely stupid when Yergensen nailed the kick ... a lot of laughing and yelling ensued right up until the ball sailed through the uprights. I've gotta say, there's nothing better than a simultaneous serving of humble pie to 65,000 Cougar fans. The silence in that stadium was the greatest non-sound I've ever experienced.
And to think, it's now been what, 13 of the last 20 for the Utes? Thank you Ronnie McBride!

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Dayton, OH

For most BYU fans the rivalry didn't become a rivalry until after McBride was fired and Urban Meyer was hired in 2003. Before for the most part the game wasn't so hostile. Then Urban came and ruined everything by turning the rivalry into hatred, putting BYU stickers in the urnals, and a BYU jersey as a floormat, with game targeted on the calendars. He's responsible for rallying the fanbase and threatened people if they didn't wear red. He probably had a hand in creating the modern MUSS.

While these things have certainly helped bring Utah where it is today, the feelings between these schools will never be the same. We BYU fans now take the rivalry very personally, which is why all these losses have become excruciating to bear. The arrogance from U fans is becoming less and less tolerable. That is why this break for two years will be good, but it won't dispel all the hard feelings.

Here's to the rematch in San Francisco.

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