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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU's Drew Reilly and fiancee, Ashlyn, left, and Utah's Trevor Reilly and wife, Jessica, right, surrounded by their parents, Russ and Kris, back-right, and brother AJ with his wife, Bonnie, back-left, at a recent family gathering. Like the brothers, the family's allegiances will be divided when the Utes and Cougars meet in Provo on Saturday.
Utah-BYU: It bleeds both blue and red, but Reilly clan still stands together

Trevor plays for Utes, Drew plays for BYU and the rest of the family has chosen sides.

First Published Sep 19 2013 12:13 pm • Last Updated Sep 20 2013 03:53 am

Kris Reilly: "I’m a big BYU homer. I went to school there, and I wanted my kids to go there. But our heart really breaks for whoever loses. We can’t root one way or the other."

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Trevor Reilly: "Yeah, you can. Root for Utah, it’s my senior year."

Russ Reilly: "No. I already know that on Saturday night, one of my sons is going to be loving life, one hating life. There’s nothing I can do about that and I can’t stand it. I’m not even going to the game. What am I going to wear? Where am I going to sit? What am I going to say? I think I’ll watch the game somewhere else … on TV."

Drew Reilly: "Go with the Cougars."

Kris: "I’ll wear a little bit of both — red and blue."

Welcome on in to the semi-regular Reilly Family Reunion, they’re staging up, just getting their engines revved. On this particular occasion, a few days before Saturday’s BYU-Utah football game, it’s an especially lively event, a competitive, complicated, divided deal. Two of Kris and Russ Reilly’s sons will be playing for opposing sides at LaVell Edwards Stadium: Trevor is a defensive end/linebacker for the Utes, Drew a sophomore safety for the Cougars. But the divisions among family members are broader than just that.

All are gathered at the apartment of Trevor, in a cramped space — for such a large, animated crowd — on the second floor of a Salt Lake City self-storage complex that Trevor and wife, Jessica, manage.

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Jessica: "I hate BYU. Utah is like family. BYU’s not for me."

Trevor: "The reason she hates BYU is because of the arrogance and the snobbery there."

Kris: "Easy now."

A.J. Reilly: "I hate BYU, too. I just do."

Russ: "You were enrolled at BYU."

A.J.: "But I made the switch."

Drew: "Jessica hates BYU, but the surgeon who operated on her and Trevor’s baby daughter is a BYU grad. She’s eternally indebted to us now."

Russ: "That guy saved your daughter’s life."

Jessica: "Yeah, I guess."

Dinner — an assortment of delectable pastas — is baking in the oven, the aromas wafting through the room, during a pregame/pre-meal tiff over which team is worthy of the rest of the family’s rooting interest. As is the norm with the Reillys, vigorous discussion happens. Same as it ever was, babble is better than a full-on brawl.

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