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Memorable moments from the Utah-BYU rivalry

The "Holy War" rivalry between BYU and Utah returns Saturday for its first regular-season installment since 2013.

BYU has a new coach in former Utah defensive coordinator (and Cougar alumnus) Kalani Sitake, but many of the players will be familiar with each other after the rivals met in last season's Las Vegas Bowl. In advance of Saturday's rematch, it's time to take a look back at some of the series' best games, quotes and characters.

Lavell Edwards oversees two decades of dominance by Cougars

Hall of Fame coach Lavell Edwards became BYU's head coach in 1972. The Cougars lost to Utah only twice in the next two decades. While Utah couldn't find the right coach -- it went through five during that span -- Edwards and his bevy of eventual NFL quarterbacks were revolutionizing the offensive side of the ball. From Jim McMahon to Steve Young to Ty Detmer, the Cougars outscored the Utes 806-395 from 1972 to 1992.


34-31 twice and "pumping my gas" (1993-1994)

Utah finally found a coach who stuck when it hired Ron McBride in 1989. McBride broke through against the Cougars in 1993 when kicker Chris Yergensen, who had missed three field goal attempts and an extra point attempt earlier in the game, connected on a 55-yarder. Ute fans tried to tear down the goal post in Provo, prompting BYU defensive lineman Lenny Gomes to utter the now infamous quote: "Typical Utah bulls---. All those (Utes) think that's all there is to life. But when I'm making $50,000-$60,000 a year, they'll be pumping my gas. They're low-class losers." Utah won by the same score a year later, which led to the creation of license plates and a local bank's ad campaign involving Edwards and McBride.


Waving goodbye to the WAC with a thud (1998)

Conference realignment proved the 16-team WAC to be unsustainable, and eight of its members opted to form the Mountain West Conference. The rivals' last WAC meeting was a memorable one as Utah kicker Ryan Kaneshiro's would-be game-winner from 32 yards squarely struck the right upright, handing BYU the WAC's Pacific Division title and a spot in the WAC title game.


Edwards goes out with a win (2000)

BYU announced Edwards would retire following the 2000 season, and the Cougars carried a 5-6 record to Salt Lake City. Utah clung to a one-point lead and pinned BYU deep in its own territory with 1:04 to play, but quarterback Brandon Doman found Jonathan Pittman on fourth-and-13 before scrambling for a 3-yard touchdown to send Edwards out with a 22-7 record against the Utes.


Meyer, Utes crash BCS party (2004)

Urban Meyer's stay in Salt Lake City wasn't a long one, but he led Alex Smith and the Utes to a 10-0 record entering the BYU game in 2004. Utah rolled to a 52-21 win, sealing the Utes' fate as the first team from a non-BCS conference to play in a BCS game, where Utah beat Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. BYU finished at 5-6 and fired Gary Crowton two weeks later.


"Harline's still open" (2006)

Eight of the 10 rivalry meetings between former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and Utah coach Kyle Whittingham were decided by seven points or fewer, but for either fan base, few sights are more memorable than Cougars tight end Jonny Harline kneeling wide open in the end zone, where he hauled in an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The play begot T-shirts that read "Harline's still open."


"Magic happens" (2007)

BYU won in thrilling fashion again in 2007. With less than two minutes left, quarterback Max Hall and the Cougars faced a fourth-and-18 from their own 12-yard line. Receiver Austin Collie slipped behind the defense for a 49-yard completion that led to a game-winning touchdown. After the game, Collie drew the ire of Utes fans when he said: "Obviously, if you do what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it. Magic happens."


Utah finds perfection again (2008)

Utah capped its second undefeated season in five years with a 48-24 win in Salt Lake City. The Utes' defense intercepted five of Hall's passes and punched a second BCS ticket. Utah would go on to upset Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and finish the season ranked No. 2 in the AP poll.


"I hate everything about them" (2009)

BYU's lone win in the last seven rivalry meetings came in 2009, when the Cougars finished a 10-2 regular season with a win over Utah. The game might be remembered more, though, for Hall's comments after the game. Hall used the word "hate" four times in a span of 15 words when referring to Utah and alleged that Utes fans "did a whole bunch of nasty things" the previous season in Salt Lake City like "threw beer on my family."


The crowd is on the field, three times (2012)

With a three-point lead in hand, Utah had BYU at its own 8-yard line. Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson found Cody Hoffman on a Collie-esque 42-yard pass to convert a 4th-and-12, but the Cougars' next pass attempt appeared to fall incomplete with no time remaining, sending the Utes crowd into a frenzy and onto the field.

One second remained, however, and the crowd cleared. A 51-yard field goal attempt was blocked, and the fans took the field again. A penalty was called because the spectators had interrupted the play in a live-ball situation, giving BYU another field goal attempt, this one from 36 yards. Riley Stephenson's kick hit the upright, and the fans flooded the field for a third and final time.


An unlikely Las Vegas meeting (2015)

Utah started the season with six straight wins, rose to No. 3 in the country and had its sights set on bigger things than the Las Vegas Bowl, but a 3-3 finish landed the Utes in a postseason matchup with their rivals. To make things more interesting, the Cougars learned it would be their last game under Mendenhall, who was hired by Virginia two weeks prior to the game.

The Utes jumped out to a 35-0 lead in the first quarter only to see the Cougars claw their way back to within a touchdown before time expired.

"I have never been involved in a start like that," Whittingham said this week.

The win was Utah's fifth straight in the series and their 10th in the last 13 meetings.