For the second time in the last three years, Utah State football holds possession of the historic Beehive Boot trophy— the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah —as a state-wide media vote declared USU the winner.
The media vote was needed after all three in-state schools produced a 1-1 record in 2012 as USU defeated Utah (27-20 OT) and lost to BYU (6-3), while BYU lost to Utah (24-21 OT).
The voting panel consisted of each school's radio play-by-play announcer, each school's newspaper beat writer for their respective local paper, as well as the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News.
This is the fourth time in the Boot's 42-year history that a media vote was needed to declare the winner, also doing so in 1973, 1997 and 2010. Utah State has been chosen as the holder of the trophy all four times.
Utah State has now won the Beehive Boot trophy eight times: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1997, 2010 and 2012.
First instituted in 1971, the Beehive Boot is the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah. The idea for the rotating trophy originated with Dave Schulthess, former Sports Information Director of BYU, and was agreed upon by SIDs from Utah, Utah State and Weber State. As the trophy would represent dominance within the confines of the Beehive State, it was decided that the trophy should be symbolic of the people Utah was built by, the pioneers.
Finding a suitable pioneer boot for use as a trophy proved to be a difficult task. As pioneers wore their boots until there simply wasn't much left of them, there weren't many pioneer boots lying around. After a search that included numerous personal calls and radio announcements, Tom Beasley, an antique dealer living in Cache Valley, donated a pair of boots for use as the trophy. Estimated to be 100 or more years old, the Beehive Boot is an authentic piece of Utah history.
Awarded to the team with the best record against in-state opponents, the Beehive Boot lived its first four years at Utah State University. BYU then began a run of holding the Boot 15 times in 18 years, and the Cougars have held the Boot the most at 21 times. Utah has won the boot 11 times. The longest streak in the history of the Beehive Boot is a five-year span from 1983 to 1987 by BYU. Utah's longest stretch was from 2002-05, while Utah State's longest streak was the first four years of the Boot's history.
Utah State concludes its 2012 season at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT).
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day on the USU athletic website.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.