Beehive Boot

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The Beehive Boot, which signifies instate football supremacy among Division I universities from the state of Utah, was conceived in 1971. The authentic pioneer boot, which is estimated to be well over 100 years old, is awarded annually to the Utah school with the best record against its instate NCAA Division I foes. The schools who compete for the boot are Brigham Young, Utah, and Utah State. Weber State was originally eligible to win the trophy, and games against them counted towards their opponents record when determining the winner of the trophy. It is unclear when this stopped being the case, but it was at least by 2012, when Utah State won the trophy over BYU (BYU's win over Weber State was not counted towards their interstate record).[1]

In case of tie, the winner is chosen by vote of the in-state media. Such an event has only happened four times previously: in 1973, 1997, 2010, and in 2012. Utah State was awarded the trophy in each year.[2] Utah was awarded the trophy in 2011, winning their only intrastate game against Brigham Young.

In the addition to the Beehive Boot, BYU and Utah State also play for The Old Wagon Wheel.[3] The same three universities also play for a state-wide trophy in basketball, called the Old Oquirrh Bucket. However, that trophy is eligible to be won by Weber State University, Southern Utah University, and Utah Valley University, as well. It was retired after the 2010 season due to conference realignments. [4]

History[edit]

Brigham Young has the most wins in the series with 22, followed by Utah with 13, and Utah State with 8. After residing in Logan on USU's campus for the first four years of its existence, the trophy spent most of the next two decades in the hands of BYU. The Cougars won the intrastate series 19 of the next 27 years, including five in a row from 1983 to 1987.[5] Since the mid-1990s, the boot has been back and forth between Salt Lake and Provo many times. Utah had a brief period of success during the early part of this century, winning four straight Beehive Boots from 2002 to 2005. It has also made a couple of trips to Logan during the past couple of decades.

Historically, the trophy goes to the winner of the BYU-Utah game. Only 8 times has that not happened: the years when Utah State has won it.

Only four times in history has the winner of the Beehive Boot lost an intrastate game (Utah State in 1973, 1982, 1997, 2012).

The Holy War[edit]

The "Holy War" is one of America's oldest and most heated college football rivalries. In fact, the schools even differ on when the first game was played. Utah claims that the first game was played in 1896 (when Brigham Young University was known as Brigham Young Academy). BYU on the other hand claims that the rivalry dates back to 1922, the first year BYU began playing football. For historical purposes, 1922 is the date most used when referring to the start of the Holy War. The Utes lead the all time series 57–34–4. The Cougars are 26–17 since the Beehive Boot was created in 1971.

The Old Wagon Wheel[edit]

Main article: The Old Wagon Wheel

BYU and Utah State have met for the Old Wagon Wheel 81 times, dating back to 1922, with BYU holding a 45–34–3 lead. BYU had beaten Utah State ten straight times before Utah State defeated BYU by the score of 31–16 on October 1, 2010. With the victory, Utah State reclaimed the Old Wagon Wheel for the first time since 1993. The Old Wagon Wheel returned to BYU on September 30, 2011, when the Cougars defeated Utah State 27–24.

The Battle of the Brothers[edit]

The Utah/USU rivalry, often called the Battle of the Brothers, is the most played rivalry between any of the schools that participate in the Beehive Boot series, with 111 total all-time meetings. Utah leads the series 78–29–4, and Utah has won 21 victories in the last 24 meetings.[6] The first game was played in 1892, a 12-0 Aggie victory, and the Utes and Aggies had met every year from 1944 to 2009 before taking a break. The Utes have won 30 of 41 meetings since the Boot was first awarded, with 5 of USU's 11 victories coming in the first 6 years after the trophy's creation.

Winners of the trophy[edit]

Rankings next to a champions name indicate that team's ranking in the final AP Poll for that season. Teams are unranked unless otherwise indicated. Wins against Weber State are included up until 1982, the last year that these games were certain to have counted towards each teams' interstate record.

Brigham Young victories Utah victories Utah State victories No game/Future events
Season Winner BYU-UU score BYU-USU score UU-USU score
1971 Utah State (2–0) 17–15 29–7 21–17
1972 Utah State (3–0) 16–7 42–19 44–16
1973 Utah State (2–1)
Won over BYU by media vote
46–22 13–7 31–28
1974 Utah State (3–0) 48–20 9–6 34–0
1975 Brigham Young (2–0) 51–20 24–7 13–7
1976 Brigham Young (2–0) 34–12 28–17 36–10
1977 #20 Brigham Young (2–0) 38–8
BYU #14
65–6
BYU #20
20–0
1978 Utah (3–0) 23–22 24–7 23–20
1979 #13 Brigham Young (3–0) 27–0
BYU #10
48–24
BYU #16
47–21
1980 #12 Brigham Young (2–0) 56–6
BYU #13
70–46 23–19
1981 #13 Brigham Young (2–0) 56–28
BYU #18
32–26
BYU #10
10–0
1982 Utah State (2–1) 17–12 20–17 42–10
1983 #7 Brigham Young (2–0) 55–7
BYU #9
38–34
BYU #15
21–17
1984 #1 Brigham Young (2–0) 24–14
BYU #3
38–13
BYU #1
21–10
1985 #16 Brigham Young (2–0) 38–28
BYU #11
44–0
BYU #18
34–7
1986 Brigham Young (2–0) 35–21 52–0
BYU #18
27–10
1987 Brigham Young (2–0) 21–18 45–24 41–36
1988 Utah (2–0) 57–28 38–3 42–21
1989 #22 Brigham Young (2–0) 70–31
BYU #21
37–10 45–10
1990 #22 Brigham Young (2–0) 45–22
BYU #5
45–10
BYU #4
19–10
1991 #23 Brigham Young (2–0) 48–17 38–12 12–7
1992 Brigham Young (2–0) 31–22 30–9 42–18
1993 Utah (2–0) 34–31 58–56 31–29
1994 #10 Utah (2–0) 34–31
UU #21
BYU #20
34–6 32–17
1995 Utah (2–0) 34–17 No Game 40–20
1996 #5 Brigham Young (2–0) 37–17
BYU #8
45–17
BYU #21
20–17
1997 Utah State (1–1)
Won over BYU and Utah by media vote
20–14 42–35
BYU #24
21–14
1998 Brigham Young (1–0) 26–24 No Game 20–12
1999 Utah (2–0) 20–17
BYU #19
34–31 38–18
2000 Brigham Young (2–0) 34–27 38–14 35–14
2001 #25 Brigham Young (2–0) 24–21
BYU #8
54–34
BYU #20
23–19
2002 Utah (2–0) 13–6 35–34 23–3
2003 #21 Utah (2–0) 3–0 No Game 40–20
2004 #4 Utah (2–0) 52–21
UU #5
No Game 48–6
UU #15
2005 Utah (2–0) 41–34 (OT) No Game 31–7
2006 #16 Brigham Young (2–0) 33–31
BYU #21
38–0 48–0
2007 #14 Brigham Young (1–0) 17–10
BYU #23
No Game 34–18
2008 #2 Utah (2–0) 48–24
UU #8
BYU #16
34–14
BYU #8
58–10
UU #22
2009 #12 Brigham Young (2–0) 26–23 (OT)
BYU #18
UU #22
35–17
BYU #20
35–17
UU #19
2010 Utah State (1–0)
Won over Utah by media vote
17–16
UU #23
31–16 No Game
2011 Utah (1–0) 54–10 27–24 No Game
2012 #16 Utah State (1–1)[7]
Won over BYU and Utah by media vote
24–21
BYU #25
6–3 27–20
2013 Utah (2–0) 20–13 31–14 30–26

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