The Brigham Young Cougars ended a four game losing streak to the Utah Utes with a 16-7 win in 1972. That was also LaVell Edwards' first season as head coach. The next season, 1973, BYU was looking to prove that the year before was not a fluke, and they did so emphatically.
championship as one of three teams with just one conference loss. Everything was in place for Utah to "restore order" to the rivalry.
The Cougars were joined by a snowstorm in Salt Lake City to take on their rival. All the more reason to believe that Utah would come out on top. The BYU pass attack would be at a disadvantage. At least, that's what intuition tells you.
BYU did start a little slow with just three points in the first quarter. Then, perhaps the most pivotal moment in this rivalry occurred. In the second and first half of the third quarters, BYU outscored Utah 43-3 to take a commanding 46-3 lead.
Gary Sheide was throwing the ball all over the field. He would finish the day with stats that didn't resemble any kind of incliment weather--23 of 35, 354 yards, 4 TD, 0 int. One of his favorite targets was Mike Pistorius. He would finish with eight receptions for 110 yards.
If not for three BYU fumbles, this game could have been a lot uglier.
Utah turned the ball over four times (2 fumbles, 2 interceptions). Besides the takeaways, the Cougar defense was stout on the ground allowing just 86 yards. Utah was only able to complete 14 of its 41 pass attempts.
Utah was able to muster three late touchdowns to make the final score 46-22, but the damage was done. No longer would BYU be intimidated by Utah. This rivlary was officially a "throw the records out" match up. BYU had won two years in a row. Both wins had taken Utah out of the conference title hunt.
The new BYU aerial offense was a conundrum that Utah could not solve. BYU had never scored so many points against the Utes. They had never won by so many points. However, it was just the beginning. For the next several years, blowout wins for BYU would be normal.
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