In 2007, BYU, the University of Utah, and Deseret First Credit Union partnered to create the Deseret First Duel, a celebration of one of the nation’s oldest and most spirited college rivalries. Previously there had been no established series to recognize the athletic supremacy of the Cougars or Utes. The university that wins the Deseret First Duel each year has its name permanently engraved on large granite monuments located at both schools and holds bragging rights for the following year and beyond.
How the Deseret First Duel works:
BYU and Utah compete against each other in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s swimming. Points are awarded to the school that wins each game, meet, or match. A team trophy is also presented to the winner in each sport. BYU won the inaugural Deseret First Duel in 2007-08. Utah claimed the title in 2008-09. The Cougars won the Deseret First Duel in 2010-12. Utah again won the title in 2012-2013.
Deseret First Credit Union is proud to sponsor the outstanding athletic programs of both universities and the energetic, frenzied rivalry between them. The Deseret First Duel is a recognition of the training, determination, and competition of student athletes and the universities they represent.
Good luck to the Cougars and the Utes in the next Deseret First Duel season.