Instant Replay: Cosmo The Cougar Joins Spirit Squad For ‘Top Gun’ Performance

Jan 13, 2023, 10:20 AM

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Is there anything BYU mascot Cosmo can't do? (Aislynn Edwards/BYU Photo)

(Aislynn Edwards/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – During BYU’s game against Gonzaga at the Marriott Center, Cosmo The Cougar was hoisted above the head’s of dancers during a performance.

Cosmo helped keep the energy high all night in a close match between the Cougars and the Bulldogs.


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When Cosmo wasn’t giving salutes in the air, he was hyping up the crowd in any way he could imagine. This included climbing into the student section at one point.

The regular season matchup became an instant classic. The Cougars held a late-lead against No. 8 Gonzaga. However, a late three from Julian Strawther gave Gonzaga a lead that they wouldn’t lose.

BYU played an amazing game in order to make it close with the Bulldogs. The Cougars shot over 50% from three and forced 16 turnovers.

What killed BYU was the work that Gonzaga put in on the glass. The Bulldogs finished the game with 15 more rebounds than the Cougars. This included 10 more offensive rebounds.

The Thursday night game was BYU’s first sold out home game of the season.

Gonzaga star and All-American Drew Timme sees BYU as a rival. Timme said he wants the matchup to continue to take place after BYU’s move to the Big 12.

“I think it’s a special rivalry and one that should continue even past (BYU) leaving the conference. I think it’s something where we should do home-and-homes forever. It’s kind of like –obviously not to the level– Texas and (Texas) A&M,” Timme, a Texas native, said at WCC Media Day in October. “I feel like it’s just developed into such a great rivalry.”

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.


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