Two guys who were at the center of it all the last 2 times BYU defeated Utah


James Empey and R.J. Willing will always share one thing in common — they both engineered victories over rival Utah, while remaining just outside the center of attention.

Empey’s Cougars are marching on from Saturday’s 26-17 victory against the No. 21 Utes, which snapped a losing streak that began just after Willing’s Cougars beat Utah 26-23 in 2009.

Sandwiched between those two wins are the well-documented nine straight defeats.

BYU fans bought all the tickets and stormed the field on both nights, celebrating their heroes, while both Empey and Willing left without much fanfare.

That’s life at the center position.

“It’s a tribute to the guys playing their butts off, the coaches preparing us and Jaren getting out of trouble with his feet a little bit. We were able to get it done when it mattered most.” — BYU center James Empey

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