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BYU football players express desire for rivalry to be friendlier

by | Nov. 24, 2009

Saints & Sports

As BYU linebacker Matt Bauman trudged off the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium last November, a delirious Utah fan accosted him and threw a cup of beer in his face, Bauman says.

As if losing to the arch-rival Utes, 48-24, and watching them celebrate an outright Mountain West Conference championship, an undefeated record and a Bowl Championship Series berth weren't hard enough to endure, an unwanted alcoholic-beverage shower made the whole experience even worse.

To Bauman, that's just another example of how, for some, the BYU-Utah rivalry has turned nasty.

"The last couple of years it's gotten a little over the top, I think," Bauman said Monday. "It's a little too bitter. There's too much bitterness. The fun thing is, it's a really intense rivalry. A lot of schools around the country don't have that. They don't have the opportunity to have an intense rivalry week. It should be something that's fun, fun for the fans and something they can talk about. But it's gotten kind of bitter and more hateful, I think."

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