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Raider Red Wins National Mascot Championship

Red awarded $20,000 for being named Capital One 2012 National Mascot of the Year.

Written by Leslie Cranford

Raider Red, Texas Tech University’s costumed mascot, is the new Capital One 2012 National Mascot of the Year.

The win nets a $20,000 scholarship to help fund Texas Tech’s mascot program.

Red took second place out of 16 mascots in regular-season voting to contend for the most votes nationwide; he then faced the first-place and undefeated Cocky the Gamecock from the University of South Carolina in the final round.

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year is determined by Internet voting. The championship round voting ended Dec. 17, and the winner was announced during the 2013 Capital One Bowl today (Jan. 1). Each of the 2012 participants also received $5,000 for their university mascot program.

Raider Red’s only regular-season loss came in week one against the University of Delaware’s YoUDee, who was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Red competed against Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami in the semi-final round.

Raider Red receiving the $20,000 grand-prize check that will go toward Texas Tech's mascot program.

Raider Red receiving the $20,000 grand-prize check that will go toward Texas Tech’s mascot program.

“Thanks to the thousands of students, alumni, fans, and Texas Tech faculty and staff who voted tirelessly over the past 15 weeks and also to the media for helping us get the word out, Texas Tech has a National Champion in Raider Red, the best mascot in the country,” said Stephanie Rhode, director of Texas Tech’s Spirit Squads.

“We are so very proud and honored for Raider Red to be the National Mascot of the Year,” said Bruce Bills, Texas Tech’s cheer coach. “Thanks to all the fans and supporters that made this possible. We appreciate all who supported our effort and spent long hours voting for Raider Red throughout the Mascot Challenge.

“Raider Red is such a great representation of the true Texas Tech Spirit. We are so excited to celebrate this accomplishment with all the Red Raider Nation,” Bills said.

Fans can follow Raider Red on and Twitter @TTURaiderRed.

The original 16 contestants were selected by a panel of judges from Capital One from among the mascot entries received from all eligible NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision schools.

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9 Responses to “Raider Red Wins National Mascot Championship”

  1. Sue (Suzy) Walden CRM Says:

    Congratulations to Raider Red! To beat Cocky, the GameCock and glide past the quarter finals and semi finals like that I can only say it’s an honor to have you lead the Texas Tech Spirit at Games.

    I’m a BIG fan of yours!


  2. C.L. Emerson, M.S., J.D. Says:

    Way to go Raider Red. We’re so proud of you…keep those guns up!

  3. Dr. John Adams Says:

    Everytime I see Raider Red it gives me great pride that I am a Tech Alumni. Red is already number 1 in my book. Congrats!

  4. Sharon Rutan Says:

    Congratulations to Raider Red! I voted every day.

  5. Aadesh Niraula Says:

    Wreck ‘em tech!!

  6. Boker Agili Says:

    Raider Red ….First. Congratulation.

  7. Ellen Perron Says:

    Raider Red! I’m so proud! I have just gotten accepted to TTU and I’m so happy to see that you are the #1 Mascot! I voted for you! I was mascot back in middle school for awhile and won Best Mascot of 2008 through the NCA. It honestly was one of the best years of my life. I have always wanted to be mascot in college! Anyways congrats! You deserved it!

  8. Patrick Says:

    Now this is something that we should cheer and celebrate.

    $20k is quite a good money, would love to know the plans for these money.

  9. Vacation Now Says:

    looks like a petite version of yosemite sam! love it!

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