BYU COUGARS

BYU Asked Students To Remove ‘Horns Down’ Shirts At Game Against Texas

Jan 27, 2024, 4:40 PM | Updated: Jan 29, 2024, 5:28 pm

PROVO, Utah – Before Texas leaves for the SEC, BYU has its own bit of Big 12 history with “Horns Down.”

The upside-down version of Texas’ iconic “Hook’ Em” hand gesture conjures strong emotions within Big 12 battlegrounds.

On Saturday afternoon, N0. 21 BYU basketball hosted the Texas Longhorns in Provo. It was the first and only regular season meeting as Big 12 foes between the two programs.

BYU won the game 84-72 to end a two-game losing streak.

Texas rolling into Provo for the first time since 1974 gave BYU its first sell-out crowd during their Big 12 home schedule. So fans were excited in the pregame buildup.

BYU’s student section, “The ROC,” was filled to capacity and was in its seats early despite the rare noon tip.

BYU students were asked to remove “Horns Down” shirts

On the front row of BYU’s student section was a group of students who wore white shirts with blue paint spelling out “Horns Down.”

The fans were right next to the Texas bench. By the first media timeout, those students no longer wore those shirts.

Personnel from BYU asked the students to remove the shirts. It’s not clear which individuals from BYU asked the students to change out of those shirts.

BYU coach Mark Pope said they were asked to be removed before the game started.

Pope addressed the “Horns Down” shirts without being asked by the media before he wrapped up his press conference.

“Just know, they were taken off before the game started,” said Pope. “From The ROC, and from our players, and from our student body, that’s just not us. It’s not how we roll and it was just a miscalculation on just a couple of eager kids. We love the eagerness of these fans, but this is not what we do here. We love all 18,000 people in this gym. They were incredible tonight. Just so you know, that’s not something we’re supporting.”

Texas coach Rodney Terry praised the atmosphere at the Marriott Center

Texas coach Rodney Terry was complimentary about the atmosphere of BYU’s Marriott Center during his opening remarks after the 12-point setback.

“Great environment today; great atmosphere. BYU fans came in and really supported their team well, got behind their guys,” said Terry.

Earlier this month, Terry was upset during a handshake line when UCF players, after defeating the Longhorns, threw up the Horns Down hand gesture. He called the move “classless” by the UCF players.

Perhaps it was a case of “too soon” by BYU students? Regardless, BYU earns an important victory in its lone Big 12 matchup with Texas.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s’ coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X and Threads: @Mitch_Harper.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s’ sports leader. You can stream live radio video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, Miles Davis, Spring Practice...

Mitch Harper

Observations From Day Three Of BYU Football Spring Practice

Unloading the notebook of observations from BYU spring camp inside the Indoor Practice Facility.

2 hours ago

BYU Football Roster, Spring Camp, Kalani Sitake, Sam Vander Haar...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Roster For 2024 Spring Camp

BYU's roster during spring football practices.

10 hours ago

AP Top 25, BYU Basketball, Trevin Knell...

Mitch Harper

BYU Climbs Back Into AP Top 25 Rankings, Utah State Stays Put

The final AP Top 25 poll of the regular season features two teams from the state of Utah.

13 hours ago

BYU Basketball, Kansas Jayhawks, All-Time Win...

Mitch Harper

Cougar Sports Roundtable: Where BYU’s Win At Kansas Ranks, Spring Ball Objectives

The Cougar Sports Saturday crew ranks the greatest wins in BYU basketball history, plus looks at the key objectives for BYU football in spring camp.

14 hours ago

Big 12 Basketball, Power Rankings, BYU, Kansas...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: BYU Soars Entering Final Week

Big 12 basketball enters the final week of the regular season.

1 day ago

Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament, Bracket, 2024 Schedule...

Mitch Harper

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, Schedule Released For 2024 Season

The bracket and schedule for the 14-team field in the Big 12 Women's Tournament.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...

KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

BYU Asked Students To Remove ‘Horns Down’ Shirts At Game Against Texas