SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Die hard BYU fans along with the Cougars cheer squad made a surprise visit on Friday to Lendio, a South Jordan business known for its prank-pulling managers who try to one up each other during rivalry week.
"We're excited about the football game tomorrow. It's a great rivalry. At the end of the day we're just trying to have a lot of fun with it. It's not really antagonistic against the Utes. It's about BYU pride," said Lendio CEO and former BYU soccer player Brock Blake.
Friday's visit was payback for a visit from Ute cheerleaders and their mascot Swoop a few days ago. On Wednesday Ute fans plastered their sign all over the Lendio building and blew up a giant Utah balloon on their property. Both the sign and the balloon came tumbling down on Friday thanks to the help of those BYU fans....and a giant cherry picker.
"It was all in good fun, absolutely. No malicious intent. It's a lot of fun. I've got my car with my flag on it. I drive it down the highway proudly. I have had a few people look at me with dirty looks, but hey, it's all in good fun," said BYU alum Ken Hansen.
BYU's pranks didn't stop Utah fans from talking a little smack. "I guess they sent a personal invitation on BYU letterhead to all three hundred fans in the state, so the fact that 20 or so showed up, including small children and a few people they let out of prison for the day, I'm impressed," said Lendio President and avid Ute fan Levi King.
Both sides say a few more pranks may be in the works for game day on Saturday when the Cougars face off against the Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium.