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Raider Red :: Capital One Mascot Challenge

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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. Read More >>


Capital one mascot challenge

The regular 12-week season will begin voting on Monday, September 3. You may cast an unlimited number of valid, legal votes for Raider Red via and one a day on Twitter (using hashtag #CaptialOneRaiderRed) and on Facebook. After the conclusion of the 12-week season, the eight mascots with the highest number of votes and total wins will be ranked to determine a play-off season. The winner of each play-off round will advance through the competition to have the championship round begin on December 10. The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced during the 2013 Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2013.

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Quick Facts
  • 2012 Mascot of the Year
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Raider Red
  • Attend over 150 public appearances
  • Must be member of Saddle Tramps or High Riders
  • 2012 Most Collegiate Mascot
  • 2012 All-American Mascot
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Raider Red Program Benefits
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Out of State Tuition Waiver
  • Uniform & Accessories Paid
  • Paid Travel Expenses
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Meal Plan
  • Supportive Alumni