The BYU vs. Utah rivalry has created a lot of memorable moments over the years. Here is a quick review of the last 10 Rivalry Game matchups.
Utah stunted two BYU scoring bids in the red zone in securing a 13-6 victory over BYU in what proved to be Ron McBride's final game as Utah's head coach. BYU quarterback Lance Pendleton was stripped of the football at the Utah 1-yard line as the first half came to a close. Then in the fourth quarter, Brooks Bahr recovered a missed handoff attempt by BYU quarterback Matt Berry at the Utah 10-yard line. Ute running back Brandon Warfield scored the only touchdown of the game in the third quarter and rushed for 192 yards on 40 carries. The Utah win ended BYU's streak of 28 straight winning seasons.
The lone field goal
If you'd think that a 3-0 game wouldn't provide many highlight plays, you'd be right. Utah kicker Bryan Borreson booted a 41-yard field goal with 4:13 left in the first half for the only score of the game. It was a miserable day weather-wise and for offensive production on both sides of the football. Utah was held to 220 yards of total offense while BYU was held to 153 yards in its first shutout since 1975. The win secured Utah its first outright conference title since 1957.
Two plays and done
BYU stayed in this one and looked ready to cut the deficit to just three points until two consecutive plays all but finished any hope for the Cougars. Trailing 31-21 and having reached Utah's red zone, Eric Weddle picked off a pass at the 8-yard line. On the very next play, Ute receiver Steve Savoy took a reverse 92 yards for a touchdown. The Utes rolled from that point to win 52-21 on their way to their first BCS bowl berth and an undefeated season.
Ratliff steps up big
With Utah losing starting quarterback Brian Johnson to injury the week before, Brett Ratliff got the Utes off to an early lead before finishing them off. In overtime, Ratliff hit receiver Travis LaTendresse from 25 yards out in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Ratliff threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards and another score.
Beck to Harline
BYU came into Rice-Eccles as big favorites, but needed a last-second miracle to beat the Utes. With no time on the clock, quarterback John Beck was flushed to his right before throwing all the way back to his left to a wide-open Jonny Harline in the end zone for the win. The victory snapped Utah's four-game winning streak in the rivalry game.
BYU seemingly had the game well in hand before Utah finally broke through with its first touchdown of the game with 1:34 left to play to go up 10-9. Soon after, the Cougars found themselves faced with a fourth-and-18 on their own 12-yard line with 1:05 remaining. But quarterback Max Hall found Austin Collie up the sidelines for a 49-yard gain to set up a game-winning touchdown run from Harvey Unga with just 38 seconds left on the clock.
Down 20-17, BYU looked set to take back the lead as it crossed midfield toward the end of the first half, but quarterback Max Hall threw his first interception of the game to Utah defensive back Joe Dale and compounded his missed throw by committing a personal foul. The turnover set up a Utah touchdown, giving the Utes a 27-17 lead at the break. Hall never recovered from the turnover and went on to throw four more and lost a fumble in route to Utah's blowout win.
Hall to George
Quarterback Max Hall had turned in another subpar outing against the Utes before finding tight end Andrew George for a touchdown to win the game in overtime. Hall squeezed a pass to George in between two diving Ute defenders, which George then ran in for the score. Hall finished the game connecting on just 12 of 32 attempts for 134 yards, but it's his last pass that everyone will remember. After the game Hall made his infamous comments about his dislike for all things Utah.
Burton comes through
BYU was driving deep into Utah territory before the coaches decided to play for a field goal in hopes of securing the win. Mitch Payne lined up for a 42-yard attempt, but Ute cornerback Brandon Burton broke free on the edge and got his hand on the ball, sending the crowd at Rice-Eccles into a frenzy.
Turning it over
The game took place early in the season for the first time in a while and BYU coaches, players and fans probably wish it never took place. Utah capitalized on seven BYU turnovers to turn the game into a laugher. The first turnover was probably the most memorable. On just the third play from scrimmage BYU quarterback Jake Heaps tried to atone for a high snap by throwing the ball out of bounds. But the ball slipped out of his hands for a fumble that was recovered by Ute defensive end Derrick Shelby in the end zone. It was the first of the many errors committed by BYU in the blowout defeat.