RISE AND SING Following BYU’s seventh consecutive loss to Utah, Cougar coach Kalani Sitake sounded nearly inconsolable. “I’m really sick of having to apologize to BYU fans for not playing the full 60 minutes,” he said on his postgame show. Sitake should consider treating it like a long church meeting. Nobody stays alert the entire time. So break it up with a rest hymn.

LIGHT THE Y

A group named The Climate Campaign lit a purple Y on the mountain above LaVell Edwards Stadium, seeking support from both schools and both political parties.

The purple represented a blending of red and blue.

Turns out most people thought it was Ty Detmer trying to send in a play to get the offense going.

MAKING A NAME

Kyle Whittingham avoided mentioning the BYU Cougars by name during rivalry week.

That’s fine with the Cougars, just so long as he doesn’t go with “little brother.”

TDS SYNDROME

Beating BYU might have been a big deal to Ute fans, but to poll voters … yawn.

Utah remained first among teams also receiving votes in the AP poll, but dropped a spot to No. 24 in this week’s coaches’ poll.

Confused voters must have thought the Team Down South was a small junior college in South Carolina.

MAXIMUM DISAPPOINTMENT

How bad was it for the Cougars, losing again to Utah?

Max Hall’s parents actually poured beer on him.

THE GLOBAL GAME

Real Salt Lake slipped closer to playoff elimination Saturday with a loss to Vancouver.

Coach Mike Petke told reporters, “If it was that easy that you prepare for a team precisely in knowing what they’re going to do, if it was that easy to just accomplish that, it would be the most boring sport in the world.”

Wouldn’t want anyone to think that.

THE NOSE KNOWS

Dikembe Mutombo said during a photo shoot that he helped motivate Tracy McGrady to reach the Hall of Fame by breaking his nose.

This explains why Jerry Sloan is a hall of famer many times over.

THE MO SHOW

BYU is hoping 6-foot-7, 410-pound Mo Langi becomes a game-changer on the defensive line.

How big, really, is he?

Fans are being encouraged to wear solar eclipse glasses to the games.

STORM WATCH

Some couples reportedly took a South Beach walk last week, ahead of possible devastation.

This is known by Ute fans as “BYU’s pre-game walk-through.”

A QUICK FIX

Sitake told reporters his team was “not good enough” against Utah and that “we’re going to fix it.”

Assistant coaches are already checking Angie’s List.