University of Oregon apologizes for anti-Mormon chant at BYU football game

University of Oregon students erupted in a chant trashing their opponents just moments after the Brigham Young University Cougars scored their first touchdown during

Saturday’s football game. They didn’t mention the Cougars or the university, specifically. Instead, the students homed in on something intrinsically tied to BYU —

religion — in an obscene, anti-Mormon chant in the sold-out crowd of 54,000 packed into Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. The chorus marred a 41-20 victory for the Ducks,

who were No. 25-ranked entering the game against the No. 12 Cougars. Hours after the game, Utah’s governor denounced the chant as “religious bigotry.” On Sunday afternoon,

University of Oregon officials apologized, calling the chant “offensive and disgraceful.” Students said they were “ashamed” of their classmates. BYU, located in Provo,

Utah, was founded in 1875 by Brigham Young, who served from 1847 to 1877 as the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Nearly all of the more than

30,000 students at BYU are Mormon. A BYU alum sat next to the student section and captured the chant in a seven-second video that has since been viewed more than 988,000

times on Twitter. Aubrey, the alum identified only by her first name, told KSTU that she attended the Cougars-Ducks game with a close friend from college as part of their

tradition of visiting an opposing team’s stadium for a BYU away game.