Despite legendary Cougar-Ute rivalry, the article cited below shows that both can work together in support of community health projects. This year, Bountiful Children’s Foundation is inviting the players and fans of both teams to join together in the global fight against child malnutrition.
And, who doesn’t love a good competition? Our goal is to raise $60,000 by Easter Sunday to nourish 10 communities for a year. Can you help? Please share the competition with friends by sharing this blog post on social media. Click the Red or Blue button at the bottom left of this screen to support your team! Click here to view the Campaign Scoreboard.
The The UNICEF/WHO/WB Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates (JME) group has released the following data for 2021:
BYU vs. Utah, The 127-year Backstory
“The BYU vs. Utah football rivalry is the stuff legends are made of. From on-the-field triumphs to good-natured heckling among fans, the rivalry has evolved into a crucial part of the BYU athletic tradition. The first meeting in the series took place on April 6, 1896 between the University of Utah and Brigham Young Academy. …
“The Cougars have come a long way since going 4-32-4 against Utah in the first 40 years of the rivalry. Since 1965, BYU has won 26 games to Utah’s 15. Naturally, the Cougars like to play at home, posting a 13-17-1 record in Provo compared to their 15-32-3 record at Utah.
“BYU’s annual meeting with Utah ensures a sold-out stadium wherever the game is played. Utah owes seven of its 10 largest crowds before the expansion of Rice Eccles Stadium to the Holy War while five of BYU’s 20 largest crowds came by way of the rivalry game.
“Not only is the game a favorite among fans but is also a favorite in the community. The week before the game is played, both campuses compete in an annual food drive to see who can gather the most non-perishable goods. Sponsored by the alumni associations of each school, it culminates in a cooperative food drive at the game where money and food are accepted. The United Way receives the food and is responsible for its distribution.”
BYU vs. Utah, The So-Called Holy War, BYUCougars.com, 2/25/2023*
* Bountiful Children’s Foundation is not affiliated in any way with the BYU or University of Utah athletics program nor with any Cougar or Ute fan clubs.