Provo » After delivering the winning touchdown pass in overtime Saturday, BYU quarterback Max Hall unloaded on his rivals.
Asked a rather innocent question about whether the 26-23 victory redeemed him for last November's five-interception game in a loss to Utah, Hall said, "A little bit, yeah. I don't like Utah. In fact, I hate them. I hate everything about them. I hate their program, I hate their fans, I hate everything."
His comments came in a formal news conference, in front of several television cameras and media members.
"So it felt really good to send those guys home," Hall continued. "They didn't deserve it. It was our turn, and our turn to win. We deserved it. We played as hard as we could tonight. And it felt really good, again, to send them home, to get them out of here, and so it is a game I will always remember."
Prodded mildly to elaborate, Hall asked, "You really want me to go into it?"
And then he continued, "I think the whole university, their fans and their organization is classless. They threw beer on my family and stuff last year, and they did a whole bunch of nasty things, and I don't respect them, and they deserved to lose."
Hall's comments are sure to become part of the rivalry's lore, along with BYU nose guard Lenny Gomes derisive prediction that the Utes someday would be "pumping my gas" after Utah's victory in 1993 and BYU receiver Austin Collie's suggestion that a fourth-and-18 reception on the winning drive resulted from the Cougars' being rewarded for "doing the right things," on and off the field.