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What BYU players are saying about bye week, rivalry game (8:15 p.m., ESPN2)

First Published Sep 09 2013 12:00PM      Last Updated Sep 09 2013 12:00 pm

Just like last year, the Utah-BYU football game will have a late kickoff this year.

Sports television giant ESPN announced Monday that the Sept. 21 rivalry game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo will kick off at 8:15 p.m. MT and will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

Utah won 24-21 last year in a game that did not end until 11:58 p.m. when Justin Sorensen's field goal attempt struck the upright and bounced away.

BYU has a bye this week after downing Texas 40-21 last Saturday, while Utah is preparing to face Oregon State in its Pac-12 opener after demolishing Weber State 70-7 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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Be sure to check out my follow from the BYU-Texas game in Monday's newspaper, which really was more of a look ahead to the bye week and to the rivalry game.

Credit to Channel 2's Adam Mikulich for asking several BYU players in the postgame news conference about the Utah game. A lot of us print reporters didn't have time to make it down to the interview room due to deadlines.

Here's most of what was said as it related to the Utah game:

BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy on the state of the rivalry:

"It is huge. This is like the Super Bowl. There's no lying. I am 0-3 against them, and I want to win. It is plain and simple: I want to beat them. They don't like us and we don't like them, and that's OK. It is going to be a bloodbath, and we are going to show up for it. We are going to rally the troops in this bye week, and we are going to come ready."

BYU safety Daniel Sorensen on whether they will use all their time in the next two weeks to prepare for Utah:

"I am 0-3 against Utah. Lost to them in 2008, 2011, and 2012. So we are going to take full advantage of the time we have to prepare. We are going to enjoy Texas tonight, maybe even tomorrow. By the time Monday comes around, we will be focused and ready to go for Utah. We got two weeks to prepare and so we will be ready to go. I think the coaches do a really good job of getting us focused on the next game and getting us both mentally and physically prepared, so all eyes and all focus and preparation goes on Utah."

 

 

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