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Published: Tuesday, May 14 2013 3:35 p.m. MDT

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ekute
Layton, UT

60,000+ fans falling over themselves at halftime trying to get out of the stadium cause their team is once again getting owned by the Pac12 Mighty Utes!

Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

ekute

More like 60,000+ fans falling over themselves at halftime trying to get out of the stadium cause their mighty weak Utes are getting owned by the Mighty Cougars!

A fitting fulfillment of the dire concerns of Chris Hill when he delayed and then finally caved on expanding RES - a few losing seasons, coupled with once again getting owned by the Cougars, and expanded RES would look just like the HC, a vast sea of empty red chairs.

ekute
Layton, UT

@Y's little brother

Slow down, your getting all frantic and emotional again. Isn't this whole conversation about you guys telling us that the Utes don't have 60,000+ fans? lol.

Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

ekute

"Isn't this whole conversation about you guys telling us that the Utes don't have 60,000+ fans?"

You're forgetting that every available seat at a BYU-Utah game at RES that wasn't occupied by a Utah fan, would be occupied by a BYU fan.

Long before Utah's recent flash-in-the-pan success, BYU's biennial visits to Utah were often the only games that Utah managed to sell out.

ekute
Layton, UT

25 years of "Utah's recent flash-in-the-pan success".

DeepBlue
Anaheim, CA

ekute

What 25 years are you talking about?

AP/Coaches Top 25 Finishes
BYU 18, Utah 7

1964 Utah UR/14
1977 BYU 20/16
1979 BYU 13/12
1980 BYU 12/12
1981 BYU 13/11
1983 BYU 7/7
1984 BYU 1/1 National Champions
1985 BYU 16/17
1989 BYU 22/18
1990 BYU 22/17
1991 BYU 23/23
1994 BYU 18/10, Utah 10/8
1996 BYU 5/5
2001 BYU 25/24
2003 Utah 21/21
2004 Utah 4/5
2006 BYU 16/15
2007 BYU 14/15
2008 BYU 25/21, Utah 2/4
2009 BYU 12/12, Utah 18/18
2010 Utah UR/23
2011 BYU UR/25

As you can see, 5 of Utah's 7 Top 25 finishes occurred within an 8-year period, and if you look only at the AP poll (the poll Utah fans always cite), only ONE of Utah's 5 AP rankings occurred outside of a tiny 6-year window.

Utah football success is indeed a flash-in-the-pan.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Lol
Ekute:
In the words of our beloved Homer Simpson, "DOH!" Deep blue is your daddy, tell him good night and you promise to do your homework next time lol.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Snack WAC:

"Call us when the Utes actually sell out a 60,000+ capacity RES for the first time."

Call YOU? No, no, no, my "small ball" little brother. It is YOU who need to call US...at some point where you're wanted by an elite conference, or playing in a big boy bowl game.

I have to laugh at how our Indy-WACey little brothers have been forced to fall back to the "stadium size" trash talk, seeing as how they can't beat us on the field. And speaking of "actually sell[ing] out [stadium] capacity", when was the last time LES was sold out?

Answer: Sept. 17, 2011....in other words, the last time your big brother came to town. 54-10! Haha!

GoRed
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

duckhunter (and your other aliases):

Why do you care?

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

navelvet

"...when was the last time LES was sold out?"

When was the last time RES drew 60,000+ fans?

Even with Utah's best attendance in history and BYU suffering through the Crowton debacle, BYU has still averaged 20,000+ more than Utah this century.

Year BYU Utah
2000 60,619 38,538
2001 60,450 34,069
2002 62,176 35,429
2003 61,501 35,134
2004 64,236 45,155
2005 58,204 41,536
2006 60,524 43,279
2007 64,497 42,593
2008 64,102 45,342
2009 64,236 45,155
2010 61,381 45,459
2011 60,265 45,149
2012 61,161 45,347

Avg 61,796 41,707

scott
Alpine, UT

gored

"Duckhunter (and your other aliases):"

What makes you think that Duckhunter has other aliases?

It is possible, you know, for reasonable fans to share similar opinions that don't necessarily agree with the group-think on the hill.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

navelvet

"It is YOU who need to call US..."

Why?

What makes you think BYU fans would be interested in the Utes drawing a "sell-out" crowd punier than BYU was drawing 30 years ago, BEFORE Cougar Stadium was expanded?

Assuming a 6-game home schedule and BYU outdrawing Utah by 20,000+ fans per game, LES has outdrawn RES by over a QUARTER-MILLION fans this century.

The reason you try to minimize attendance smack is obvious; Utah's small-ball stadium and fan base are simply no match for BYU's big boy-sized stadium and fan base.

talkinsports
Gilbert, AZ

anti BCS

"Assuming a 6-game home schedule and BYU outdrawing Utah by 20,000+ fans per game, LES has outdrawn RES by over a QUARTER-MILLION fans this century."

Check your math:

20,000 fans X 6 games per year X 13 years = 1,560,000

LES has outdrawn RES this century by more than half the population of the entire state of Utah!

Even at a VERY conservative $30 per ticket price, LES gate receipts have surpassed RES gate receipts by $46,800,000 this century.

sammyg
Springville, UT

The 'little stadium' inferiority complex is alive and well in Uteville.

When I'm around the BYU campus it is 'magic'. And seeing the football stadium that Lavell built is just like seeing the castle at Disneyland.

Yeah, it's that kind of a feeling when football season is in full swing.

Seeing the Ute fans just begging for some morsel of RES expansion and left wanting is so funny.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@magnaute
"Boo! I think we are wasting some great opportunities right now. I would buy season tickets again if they were available. Students are graduating from the U, and hence from the MUSS. Many of them want to buy season tickets and continue going to games. But, they can't. So they will form other buying habits and many of them will be lost as potential customers."

They can always become Dairy Ute fans and drive up to Logan for games. The Dairy Utes don't fill Romney Stadium, they're currently a winning program and have capacity to take on a bunch of bandwagon fans AND it would help "ute fans/BYU Haters" maintain their dislike of the Cougars while enjoying some quality football played by a winning program that currently has some upward momentum.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Holy cow, these posts from the byu faithful are absurd. The bottom line here is that for the last several years attendance at RES has exceeded capacity and that condition is not expected to change.

Don't you think it would be more productive, as byu fans, to find ways of getting attendance at your own stadium up to capacity? You have a dinosaur stadium that is more than 10% empty on any given week. Expend your energy addressing that issue instead of demonstrating your envy by frantically finding fault with the deferred expansion plans of your hated rival.

What will you be saying when, in due time, RES is expanded? What will you yap about then?

Swoop
Salt Lake City, UT

MyPerspective

"What will you be saying when, in due time, RES is expanded? What will you yap about then?"

Call us when the Utes sell out a 60,000+ seat RES for the first time.

Until then, filling a cracker box-sized, 45,000-seat stadium is no big deal, BYU was drawing over 46,000 in LES THIRTY years ago, BEFORE LES was expanded.

As far as trend's go, BYU has drawn 60,000+ every year except one (Crowton's final season) for the past 30 years.

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