Texas Tech’s Raider Red Defends National Championship in Mascot Contest

Capital One Mascot Challenge 2013 voting opens today.

Raider Red, Texas Tech University’s costumed mascot, and the reigning Capital One National Mascot of the Year, will defend his title beginning today (Aug. 29) in the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

Last year’s win against 15 other collegiate mascots netted Texas Tech’s mascot program a $20,000 scholarship. The grand prize remains the same for the new voting season.

This year’s competition pits Red against mascots from the University of Arizona, Boston College, Colorado State University, East Carolina University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the University of Montana, the University of Kansas, the University of Oregon, South Florida University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Toledo, Virginia Tech University, the University of Wisconsin and Western Kentucky University.

The upcoming contest also features new challenges involving Facebook and Twitter. Aside from the previous ‘click-and-vote’ option on capitalonebowl.com, Capital One is providing fans two additional ways to support their favorite mascot. Fans can show love for their mascot by completing the weekly 25-point challenge by posting something witty on Facebook or Twitter. A weekly 100-point challenge is a true test of mascot pride; upload a photo or video as evidence and Capital One will add 100 points to that mascot’s total.

In 2012 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 and additional social media challenges. Twelve weeks of regular-season voting end Nov. 24 with playoffs beginning the following day, including quarter-final, semi-final and championship voting weeks. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1). Each of the 2013 participants also will receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.

Vote at www.capitalonebowl.com or on Twitter with #CapitalOneRaiderRed.

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

The 16 contestants are 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: Bruce Bills, cheer and mascot coach, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-5433 or bruce.bills@ttu.edu.