BYU sports weekend review: BYU drought against Utah continues


BYU’s Trey Dye catches the ball in the end zone during BYU’s game against Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium Saturday night. (Photo by BYU Photo)

In case you didn’t have time to watch all the games this weekend, here is a quick summary of BYU’s biggest games.

BYU football loses for seventh straight year to Utah

The drought continues for the BYU football team after a seventh straight loss to Utah 19–13 on Saturday night. While the Cougars went scoreless in the first half, the team returned the second half scoring touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters. However, an end-of-the-game push wasn’t enough for the Cougars to overtake the Utes.

“We saw some successful things out there,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake said. “It was nice to see our offense clicking at the end. We dug a hole early on in the game with turnovers and interceptions and we put our defense in some bad situations. I am not happy about it, and I am going to fix it. We need to fix the problems we are having on offense. It is frustrating that we couldn’t put together a drive to win the game.”

Read “5 plays that changed the game for BYU against Utah” here.

BYU women’s soccer ties Utah in double overtime play

In another rivalry game, the BYU women’s soccer team (0-3-3) tied No. 21 Utah 1–1 in a double overtime Deseret First Duel challenge on Friday night.

“It’s always a close game when we play Utah,” said BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood in a press release. “I thought we took a step forward today. We fought and battled a little bit more, and that is something we have lacked most of the season. We are a work in progress, and we will hopefully take another step forward on Monday.”

Tied 1–1 at the end of regular play, BYU headed into overtime against the University of Utah Friday night. However, the extra 20 minutes of play wasn’t enough for the rivals to separate from each other — the game ended in a tie. BYU’s lone goal came from a solo play by senior forward Nadia Gomes in the second half.

BYU women’s volleyball wins one and loses one

BYU women’s volleyball team went 1-and-1 this weekend at the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge. After cruising past Nevada on Friday, taking three straight sets to win the game, the No. 10 Cougars were upset by Baylor in a five set thriller (21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 28-26, 15-10) on Saturday night.

“We learned a lot about ourselves today and the kind of focus it takes to win a match,” BYU head coach Heather Olmstead said in a press release. “We had opportunities to close it and didn’t get it done. Baylor played fantastic defense and made it really hard for us to get kills. We’ll keep working hard to get better.”

Sophomore McKenna Miller led the team with a season-high 24 kills. Junior Lyndie Haddock set the team with 47 assists and 12 digs, and sophomore Mary Lake contributed 21 digs.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

One Comment

  1. Oland Thompson Reply

    I played in the Ute marching band during the Ron Mcbride years back in the 90’s. I have been a Ute fan since I was a young child and I remember just how bad Utah was in the 80’s. With that said, I don’t hate the Y. But I do feel that Utah has made the decisions that are best for the program and it is showing with the separation of talent between the two programs. The PAC 12 transition has made it so that Utah will recruit better athletes than the Y can as an independent. This does not mean that the Y cannot ever win against the U ever again. The Y has traditionally competed well against middle of the road power 5 schools. Utah is in that position. I don’t usually believe in jinxes or anything other than preparation and hard work in athletics but maybe just maybe if the Y would humble itself and ask Max Hall to stand with the university in a public apology for his remarks, the fortunes of the Y might be reversible. The curse of Max Hall explains a lot in the recent rivalry. All of the close games show that the Y can compete just not cross the finish line.Until the Y acknowledges and apologizes for Max Hall, good luck keeping up with the power 5 Y.

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