Mascot Dance-Off: BYU’s Cosmo, WKU’s Big Red Boogie During Timeout
PROVO, Utah – BYU’s Cosmo and Western Kentucky’s Big Red held a Halloween dance-off during a timeout in the action between the Cougars and Hilltoppers.
BYU hosted Western Kentucky at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, October 31.
During the stoppage in play, Cosmo and Big Red boogied to the song “Thriller” by Michael Jackson.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) November 1, 2020
These two iconic mascots squared off in the SiriusXM Mascot National Championship in April when everyone was clamoring for some competition amidst the early days and weeks of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
Cosmo came away victorious in that hotly contested Twitter vote, edging out Big Red by a little over two percent of a battle with over 96,000 votes in total.
The vote was met with controversy as a three-hour investigation into voter fraud took place, examining the votes that propelled Cosmo to victory. Cosmo ultimately was crowned the National Champion.
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
— Big Red (@WKUBigRed) April 17, 2020
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
Born: October 15th, 1953
Creator: Dwayne Stevenson
Initial cost: $73
Best attributes: Hip-Hop dancing, charisma, intelligence, and honor
Just vibin’ on my birthday with the world famous BYU Creamery chocolate milk 😌 pic.twitter.com/fnwRhE9RaX
— Cosmo Cougar (@byu_cosmo) October 15, 2020
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
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) October 3, 2020
BYU’s game against Western Kentucky is broadcast on ESPN and KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
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