Raider Red Moves to the Playoffs in National Mascot Voting Contest

The top eight mascots head into three final weeks of voting.

[Editor’s Note: Raider Red is available for “interviews” and appearances to promote the voting. Please contact Bruce Bills to schedule.]

Raider Red, Texas Tech University’s costumed public relations mascot has made it to the elite eight for the playoff rounds of the Capital One 2012 Mascot Challenge. Red took second place out of 16 mascots to contend for the most votes nationwide. The playoffs are a single-elimination vote over a three-week period.

Week one of the playoffs finds Red competing against the University of Missouri’s Truman the Tiger. Red’s only regular-season loss came in week one against the University of Delaware’s YoUDee.

“Not only is it a great honor for Raider Red to be selected for the Capital One All-American Team, but making it to the playoffs says a lot about our fan base,” said Stephanie Rhode, director for Texas Tech’s spirit squads.

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year is determined by Internet voting. Fans can vote unlimited times at capitalonebowl.com/vote. Twitter voters must use the hashtag #CapitalOneRaiderRed.

Fans also can follow Raider Red on Facebook.com/TTURaiderRed and Twitter @TTURaiderRed.

“Since the playoffs are single-elimination, we need everyone to vote as many times as they can, all week long. Our regular-season week against Truman was one of our toughest,” Rhode said.

The playoff voting will be conducted in three rounds over a three-week period today (Nov. 26) through Dec. 17. Based on the mascot rankings at the end of the regular season, each mascot was given a playoff seeding ranging from No. 1 to No. 8.

The mascot with the most votes at the end of the championship round will be the Capital One National Mascot of the Year and will be announced during the 2013 Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013. The winner will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2012 participants also will receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.

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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CONTACT: Stephanie Rhode, assistant director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433 or stephanie.rhode@ttu.edu. To schedule Raider Red for an interview, contact Bruce Bills, cheer coach, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433 or bruce.bills@ttu.edu.