The Holy War, circa 2011

8 years ago
20 September 2011

When it comes to rivalry games, I am the fan that wants to see the other team destroyed, pummeled and walking off the field in tears. Thank you to the Utah football team for making that dream come true this weekend.

This year we played our arch-rival BYU for first time as a non-conference game, early in the season, after a hard fought USC game and with a looming PAC-12 schedule ahead. The least to say, I was nervous. While it is much easier to hide from a loss while not living in Utah, I still wanted bragging rights of beating TDS.

With that I should probably explain the No. 7 largest rivalry in the nation (from ESPN) and why everyone cares about it, unless you live outside Utah. The Holy War, nicknamed for the state institution vs Mormon school aspect of the rivalry, has been around for over a century (even the length of the rivalry is disputed) and spans everything from athletics to academics.

Utah and BYU hate each other, easily seen here in the post-game press conference following Utah’s win in the 2009 Holy War where ex-BYU QB and all-around asshole Max Hall said: “I don’t like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, I hate their fans, I hate everything…. I think the whole university, their fans and their organization, is classless.” I know every rivalry has their trash talking, but even for a state full of Mormons, that was impressive.

But back to this year. Usually most of the games are settled by only a few points, in fact, 7 of the past 8 years have been decided on the last play. Also, the games usually have a lot more on the line, either entrance into a BCS bowl (well, in Utah’s case), but at least the conference champion most of the time. So when I was getting ready to watch the game, I put away the laptop, got some beer and was ready to be screaming at the TV with my heart in my throat for the next three hours.

Thank you Utah for saving my blood pressure…

If you want the highlights of both Utah’s domination and BYU’s self destruction, I will let you find clips scattered all over the internets. But all that needs to be said is… 54-10. The largest margin of victory since 1922. Absolute bragging rights for the next 363 days.

Utah could go ahead and lose every other game this season (though I would prefer not). But in my eight years of being a Utah fan, I could not be more happy and proud to be a Utah fan right now! Go Utes!