Three Sports Done, Nine to Go


Salt Lake City, UT, September 15, 2017 – The Deseret First Duel Rivalry between college rivals Utah and BYU is in close competition after the first three sporting events of the season.  After a tie in Soccer, Utah’s win in Football, and BYU’s win in Volleyball, the Duel Rivalry stands at Utah 6.5 – 4.5 BYU.  To date, each school has won $1,500 in Duel athletic scholarships.

Women’s Soccer opened the Duel Season at BYU where regular play ended 1-1 and no team scored in 20 minutes of overtime, resulting in a draw.  Though fans may have been disappointed without a win, it was an exciting start to the Duel.  Duel points and scholarship money were split between the teams.

The Cougars hosted the Utes the next day in much-anticipated football.  The Utes scored three field goals and a touchdown before BYU returned with a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, putting the game at Utah 16-6 BYU.  The penalty-heavy game inched to a nail-biting conclusion in the 4thquarter.  A touchdown by BYU with 2:38 left brought BYU within 6 points and a chance for the win with a 7-point touchdown.  The buzz at LaVell Edwards Stadium was palpable in the final push for the win.  However, Utah held its ground for a 19-13 victory.

Yesterday, Utah Women’s Volleyball hosted BYU in the third Duel Rivalry sport within seven days.  The Huntsman Center was highly energized by fans of both teams as each school won two sets to take the match into a 5th set.  Volleyball doesn’t get closer than the back-and-forth scoring by both teams in the final set.  In the end, BYU pulled ahead for a tight 18-16 win.

BYU and Utah have each won five times in the ten seasons of the Deseret First Duel.  With nine sports to go, who will break the tie in this eleventh season?  Follow the 2017-18 Deseret First Duel online.


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