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Utah State Football Wins Beehive Boot Trophy for Second Time in Three Years

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Utah State football crowd, celebration and illustration

For the second time in the last three years, Utah State football holds possession of the historic Beehive Boot trophy, the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah. (photo from Athletics website)

For the second time in the last three years, Utah State [University] football holds possession of the historic Beehive Boot trophy, the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah, as a state-wide media vote was conducted and Utah State was declared the winner.

The media vote was needed after all three in-state schools produced a 1-1 record in 2012 as USU defeated Utah (27-20 OT) and lost to BYU (6-3), while BYU lost to Utah (24-21 OT).

The voting panel consisted of each school's radio play-by-play announcer, each school's newspaper beat writer for their respective local paper as well as the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News.

This is just the fourth-time in the Boot's 42-year history that a media vote was needed to declare the winner, also doing so in 1973, 1997 and 2010, and Utah State has been chosen as the holder of the trophy all four times.

Overall, Utah State has now won the Beehive Boot trophy eight times: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1997, 2010 and 2012.

First instituted in 1971, the Beehive Boot is the symbol of gridiron supremacy in the state of Utah. The idea for the rotating trophy originated with Dave Schulthess, former Sports Information Director (SID) of BYU, and was agreed upon by SIDs from Utah, Utah State and Weber State. As the trophy would represent dominance within the confines of the Beehive State, it was decided that the trophy should be symbolic of the people Utah was built by, the pioneers.

Finding a suitable pioneer boot for use as a trophy proved to be a difficult task. As pioneers wore their boots until there simply wasn't much left of them, there weren't many pioneer boots lying around. After an arduous search that included numerous personal calls and radio announcements, Tom Beasley, an antique dealer living in Cache Valley donated a pair of boots for use as the trophy. Estimated to be 100 or more years old, the Beehive Boot is an authentic piece of Utah history.

Awarded to the team with the best record against in-state opponents, the Beehive Boot lived its first four years at Utah State University. BYU then began a run of holding the Boot 15 times in 18 years, and the Cougars have held the Boot the most at 21 times. Utah has won the boot 11 times. The longest streak in the history of the Beehive Boot is a five-year span from 1983 to 1987 by BYU. Utah's longest stretch was from 2002-05, while Utah State's longest streak was the first four years of the Boot's history.

Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set single-season records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.

Utah State, who officially joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concludes WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games this year to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the sixth-longest active winning streak in the nation. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.

Nationally, Utah State is one of just 18 teams with 10 or more wins on the season and USU is one of just four teams across the country who have not lost a league game, joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference.

Utah State, who is ranked 20th in the nation in this week's Associated Press top 25 and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll, will conclude its 2012 season at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m. (MT) against a team yet to be announced from the Mid-American Conference.

Utah State, who also played in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, is appearing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history, joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams and the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams. Overall, it is USU's eighth bowl appearance in school history.

Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24-hours a day at

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