LAVELL EDWARDS While Floyd Millet coached BYU to its first win in 1942 and Tommy Hudspeth led the Cougars to three straight in the '60s, nobody was a more central figure for longer than the stoic-faced Hall of Fame coach.
RON MCBRIDE Urban Meyer led the U. to historic wins in 2003 and 2004 and Ike Armstrong posted an 18-1-3 mark (1925-1949), but friend and foe alike agree that LaVell's "good buddy" made Utah-BYU a rivalry once again.
BYU QUARTERBACKS Look at some of the prolific passing performances, and you'll find names like Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Robbie Bosco, Ty Detmer, Steve Sarkisian . . . and the list goes on.
UTAH RUNNING BACKS Look at some of the key rushing performances, and you'll find Del "Popcorn" Rodgers, Carl Monroe, Eddie Johnson, Jamal Anderson, Mike Anderson, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala . . . and the list goes on.
UTAH PLACEKICKERS Known for some of the difference-making plays (both for better or for worse), the list includes Marv Bateman, Chris Yergensen, Tommy Truhe, Ryan Kaneshiro, Bryan Borreson . . . and the list goes on.
SCOTT MITCHELL AND MIKE MCCOY Utah's "M&M" quarterbacks posted big numbers in memorable Ute rivalry victories Mitchell in the 1988 rout at Rice Stadium and McCoy in the pair of 34-31 wins.
BRANDON DOMAN AND LUKE STALEY Two key Cougars in two classic comeback wins, Doman for leading BYU to back-to-back rallies, and Staley for his electrifying sideline sprint in the 2001 game-winner.
ALEX SMITH The last glimpse of the future NFL No. 1 draft pick at Rice-Eccles was of the U. quarterback riding off into the sunset on the shoulders of fans, sporting a sombrero.
ERROLL TUCKER After his penalties and ejection in 1984, the Ute wowed the Provo crowd the next year with two returns a kickoff and a punt return for touchdowns on a snowy field (a penalty negated the punt return).
"The hatred between Utah and BYU is going to continue I'm going to make a crusade out of it." Utah head coach Wayne Howard, 1977.
"All those (Utes) think that's all there is to life. But when I'm making $50,000 to $60,000 a year, they'll be pumping my gas. They're low-class losers." BYU defensive lineman Lenny Gomes, a k a Lenny Gregory, 1993.
"I feel like we're the Rocky Balboas and they're like Tommy Morrison kinda like pretty boys with leather jackets and we're kind of street fighters. We're like wild dogs, man. We fight. We scrap. We're kind of a reflection of our coach (McBride)." Utah quarterback Brett Elliott, 2002
THE OTHER STUFF
34-31 twice as nice . . . 1984 and 2004 championship seasons . . . Fiesta Bowl and BCS-busting the U. does in '04 what the Cougars couldn't do in in '85 and '96 (Fiesta Bowl berth) and '01 (BCS invite) . . . Snow the snow in Provo for 1985 and 2003 and the game-long barrage of snowballs at Rice Stadium in '92 . . . Goalposts the Rice Stadium celebration in '88, the U. threat at Cougar Stadium in '93 and the memorable "doink" in '98.