It’s no secret that some college football fans take the game and their teams very seriously, but one Utah Utes student seems to have taken her fandom way too far this weekend as a Utah student has been arrested after threatening terrorism over a football game.
According to a report from KSL, the student “posted threats of violence” on the anonymous social media platform Yik Yak to blow up a nuclear reactor if Utah did not beat the San Diego State Aztecs during Saturday’s game.
According to a police booking affidavit, she stated that “if the football team did not win the game, (she) was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass destruction.”
While the terrorist threat does sound like a joke, police determined that the student “is aware of where the reactor is located and attends class in the same building where the reactor is housed.” As a result, they took the threat seriously.
Still, the college football world certainly didn’t think the threat was serious and had plenty to say about it on Twitter.
Restricted speech on college campuses is out of controll https://t.co/YbbX1zBZbh
— PFT Commenter (@PFTCommenter) September 22, 2022
TIL that multiple Pac-12 schools have nuclear reactors on campus https://t.co/o8uA3O0RUF
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) September 22, 2022
Utah to SEC https://t.co/UzxtPGirSw
— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) September 22, 2022
This is essentially every Penn State or Eagles game on Twitter. https://t.co/m1ypBGYmio
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 22, 2022
normal sport https://t.co/D8sa2sDj5D
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) September 22, 2022
Nuclear football https://t.co/rvT98pzfBZ
— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) September 22, 2022
Glad she picked this game and not the Florida game. https://t.co/dDSk63NXQ8
— Aaron Oster (@TheAOster) September 22, 2022
The Aztecs are saving countless lives with their lack of offense. https://t.co/EP69An0QvZ
— Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) September 22, 2022
Ultimately, we’ll never know if her threat was serious as the Utes beat the Aztecs 35-7, potentially saving countless lives in the process.