In 2009, the BYU football Cougars wore Royal Blue uniforms for the last two games of the season, including a last second victory against bitter arch rival Utah, and a blow out victory over Oregon State in a windy MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. That was the first time the Cougars had worn Royal Blue in over a decade.
It was rumored that Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall kept those uniforms available as an alternate for the team to wear, if the players had earned the right to wear them. They were initially worn to honor the 25th anniversary of the 1984 undefeated National Champion BYU squad.
TornBySports has learned from matching information from multiple sources that the royal blue uniforms will again be worn in 2013 when the Utes come to Provo in September.
There were rumblings of the royal uniforms making an appearance in 2012, until the black alternate uniforms were leaked by Bean Mace of the Cougar Center podcast. However, it was uncertain as to which game they would be worn for and the quality of the merchandise available for the fans was questionable.
I have learned through these sources that special edition merchandise made by NIKE will be available for this game. However, I was unable to confirm that the alternate uniforms the team will wear will be a part of NIKE’s pro combat series for 2013.
The Cougars and Utes will meet in the Holy War as the third game of the season for the third straight year. BYU has not won since the 2009 overtime victory, and the 2006 epic finish in Salt Lake City. Coach Mendenhall is 1-7 all-time in game three’s since becoming Head Coach. That lone win came in 2008 when his Cougars started the season 7-0 and in the top 10. The Utes would love nothing more than to have a four year winning streak as the Holy War takes a two year hiatus after 2013.
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