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Tale Of The Tape: Facts On Beloved Mascots Cosmo From BYU, WKU’s Big Red

BYU's Cosmo and WKU's Big Red will meet for the first time on Halloween night, 2020. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah – When BYU and Western Kentucky (WKU) square off for the first time in football on Saturday night, the stars of the matchup might be the masked characters on the sideline. BYU’s Cosmo and Western Kentucky’s Big Red are two of the most beloved mascots in college sports.

Their fans’ passion was evident back in April when the two mascots battled for the SiriusXM Mascot National Championship. A vote that BYU and Cosmo came away victorious by a slim margin of 2.2 percent.

An investigation into voter fraud emerged, but BYU’s Cosmo still took home the highest honor for college mascots.

Now the two meet up for the first time on the gridiron on Halloween night, no less. It should make for a fun night. Here are some quick facts on the iconic mascots from both BYU and WKU.

Western Kentucky’s Big Red

Born: September 21, 1979; celebrates December 1st

Creator: Ralph Carey

Initial cost: $900

Species: Bluegrass Blob

Best attributes: Belly slide & belly shake, fuzzy, lovable, amorphous

Accomplishments: “Key to Spirit” award winner at the Universal Cheerleading Association in 1980, 1981, 1983; Inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007; Appearances in “This is SportsCenter” commercials.

Controversy: Western Kentucky filed a plagiarism lawsuit over an Italian mascot named Gabibbo that has a striking resemblance to Big Red in 2003. The case still rages on in the Italian Supreme Court to this day.

Social media following: Facebook – 34,107; Twitter – 12,225; TikTok – 2,644

BYU’s Cosmo

Born: October 15th, 1953

Creator: Dwayne Stevenson

Initial cost: $73

Species: Cougar

Best attributes: Hip-Hop dancing, charisma, intelligence, and honor

Accomplishments: SiriusXM National Champion Mascot in 2020; World record holder for consecutive windmills; Viral sensation with the dance moves.

Controversy: Cosmo underwent “Cosmotic Surgery” in 1997. The new Cosmo wasn’t as lovable and charismatic as the original. The beloved mascot took in some more surgery and got a new look closer to the one everybody knows today.

Social Media Following: Facebook – 24,650; Twitter – 4,335; Instagram – 168,000; TikTok – 1.5 million

BYU/WKU Football Game Details

Date: Saturday, October 31st, 2020

Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. (MT)


Radio: KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM, 1160 AM)

Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium (Provo, Utah)

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m., KSL Newsradio). Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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