Bevo, the University of Texas’s 1700-pound steer mascot, made headlines prior to Tuesday night’s Sugar Bowl when he broke out his quarters and appeared to charge Georgia’s live bulldog mascot, Uga.
The pregame scare actually garnered more media attention than the game itself — which may be a good thing for Georgia considering how the team played.
The video has been seen just about everywhere – so much so that PETA issued a statement after the game requesting Georgia and Texas both retire the live-mascot ideas and proceed with humans only.
Sorry, PETA. But I don’t see your request being taken seriously by anybody who enjoys college football. Also, I’m not sure there is a better-treated dog in the entire world than Uga.
As much as everybody wants to think that Bevo was charging at Uga on Tuesday night, Ricky Brennes, the steer’s handler, set the record straight in an interview with the Associated Press. Apparently Bevo was more so just trying to free himself from the tight space and wanted to move around a bit more.
“He had kind of gone up and bumped the barricade a few times before,” Brennes said. “He ran through the gate and into where Uga’s area was. It really was more just unfortunate timing and he wasn’t aware Georgia’s mascot was there. It had nothing to do with the dog.”
Texas athletics spokesman John Bianco said “all established safety and security measures were in place for Bevo” at the Sugar Bowl, including two halters, two chains and six handlers to hold him.