BYU-Utah Game Time Announced

BYU-MWC-ESPN announce kickoff time for 2004 BYU-Utah showdown. ESPN needed to weigh in on the decision due to the fact that ESPN's College Football GameDay will be boradcast from the University of Utah campus.

BYU-UTAH KICKOFF SET FOR 80th MEETING PROVO, Utah (Nov. 15, 2004) -- The Mountain West Conference, in cooperation with its television partner, ESPN, has announced Saturday's football game against No. 5 Utah (10-0, 6-0) will kickoff at 5 p.m. (MT). The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 from Utah's Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017) in Salt Lake City.

ESPN has also announced it will broadcast College Football GameDay, featuring the team of Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Chris Fowler. The public is encouraged to attend all of the live and taped shows. There will be no admission charge.

ESPN will begin broadcasting from a site to be determined on the University of Utah campus Friday afternoon starting at 3:00 p.m. (MT). Herbstreit and Corso will broadcast their radio show from the site from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday evening.

Saturday's live national broadcast of ESPN's College Football GameDay will run from 8:30-10:00 a.m. (MT). The ESPN trio will remain on site throughout the day, doing shows and scoring updates into the evening.

RIVALRY NOTES: The game will mark the 80th meeting between the two schools. Dating back to the 1922 season, the Utes own a 47-28-4 overall record. From 1972 through 1992, the Cougars posted a 19-2 record against their in-state rivals. Since then, the Utes have registered a 7-4 mark over the past 11 meetings, including back-to-back victories in 2002 and 2003. Over the past eight years, the two teams have each won four games and no team has won by more than seven points over the past seven seasons.

With a record of 5-5 on the season, the Cougars will need a victory on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time since the 2001 season.

Interestingly, back when BYU was known as the BY Academy, starting out with only 29 students with an average fifth-grade reading level, the two teams met a total of six times throughout the 1896, 1897 and 1898 seasons, posting an identical 3-3 record. The BY Academy teams of 1896, 1897 and 1898 were likely made up of both college and high-school age players. In the first meeting between the two school, BYA lists a 12-0 victory, while the University of Utah says the game wasn't a shutout. The "school up north" claims only a 12-4 loss to the Academy. Following an accidental death in a football game in Utah, as well as other reasons, the Church-owned school cancelled football beginning in 1900. In 1903, the Academy became Brigham Young University and football was later reinstated as a sport in 1922 -- the first official season as a university-sponsored team.

BYU's longest standing rivalry actually began in 1895 when BY Academy faced off against the University of Utah in baseball. The game ended in a 0-0 tie with a bench clearing brawl.

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