The Holy War: BYU v Utah: Things to Know

Utah (2-1) at BYU (1-1)
8:15 p.m. MDT
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Provo, Utah


Television- ESPN2; Mark Jones (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Lewis Johnson (sideline)

Radio- Cougar IMG Sports Network (KSL 1160 AM, 102 .7 FM, KSL .com, BYUcougars .com, BYU Radio Sirius XM 143) Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Marc Lyons (analyst), Nate Meikle (sideline)


  • ESPNU’s Road Trip is in town for the game. The show airs Wednesdays.
  • This game marks the 89th meeting between the two schools. Utah leads the series 53-31-4.
  • The Utes have won three straight games in the series. BYU’s last win came in OT back in 2009.
  • Both teams will be in their home jerseys, Utah in red, BYU in the royal blue special edition jerseys.
  • The Utes come in with a Top 15 rush defense, while the Cougars tout the nation’s #2 rush offense, this will be a fun matchup to watch unfold.
  • On the other hand BYU has a passing offense ranked #111, Utah has the #112 ranked pass defense. Can the Cougs take advantage of the Utes weakness?
  • BYU is currently tied for first in the nation in field goal efficiency(100%).
  • Coach Mendenhall is undefeated in games following a bye week.
  • With Spencer Hadley suspended, Pikula and Beck will step in to fill the gap left at MLB.

Quote from Coach Mendenhall- “Six of the eight (games v. Utah) go down to the last play; the ones that don’t usually mean there’s 13 (BYU) turnovers in 2 games.”  BYU committed six turnovers (-6) in 2008’s 48-24 loss, and seven turnovers (-5) in 2011’s 54-10 loss.

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