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