PROVO — The number seven was the common theme among Utah fans and players following the Utes' 19-13 victory over BYU on Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
From kissing the Deseret First Duel trophy to flashing "seven" signs and yet again chanting the Utes' fight song following a win, Utah reveled in its seventh straight victory over its in-state rival.
It was Utah's third victory in the streak at LaVell Edwards Stadium, with the other wins in Provo coming in 2011 and 2013.
Respect between coaches
Following the contest, BYU coach Kalani Sitake, a former Utah assistant, and Utes defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley shared a hug and conversation. The two were on Utah's staff together from 2006-14.
: You can sense the love, respect Kalani Sitake and Morgan Scalley have for each other as they hug following tonight's game pic.twitter.com/69fnqVElGP— Brandon Judd (@brandonljudd) September 10, 2017
Several prominent Utes were at Saturday's game. Former Utah guard Isaac Asiata, who was drafted this year by the Miami Dolphins, was there, as the Dolphins' game against Tampa Bay originally scheduled for Sunday was rescheduled for Nov. 19 due to Hurricane Irma.
Also in attendance were Brandon Burton, who blocked a potential game-winning field goal against BYU in 2010, former Utah quarterback Scott Mitchell, who helped the Utes beat the Cougars 57-28 in 1989, and former Ute coach Ron McBride, who led the Utes to a 6-7 record against BYU from 1990-2002.
Former BYU defensive end Jason Buck also arrived with the Utes pre-game.
Among the recruits at Saturday's game was four-star quarterback recruit Tanner McKee, who is considering BYU.
Utah long snapper Alex Whittingham, the son of Utes coach Kyle Whittingham, shared a photo on Twitter showing the victory meal at In-and-Out in the wee hours of Sunday morning following the contest.