Texas defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl 28-21 on Tuesday night, likely thanks in large part to the intimidation provided by their mascot, a 1,600-pound steer named Bevo, against Georgia’s mascot, a 62-pound English bulldog named Uga.
In a breathless pre-game confrontation that was thankfully covered in full by ESPN, a very chill Uga was let out of his cage near Bevo’s pen for a photo op, but found himself suddenly forced to scamper away when the Texas steer unexpectedly overpowered his handlers and knocked down his pen. The scary charge lasted all of about three seconds, and a photo of the two clashing animals was still taken. But it’s obvious which side had the mental edge.
Bevo’s brief escape didn’t do any lasting damage, but did cause minor scratch injuries to photographer Nick Wagner of the Austin American-Statesman, which he gamely showed off for an AP photo:
Still, Bevo’s close friends and associates seemed entirely unconcerned with the steer’s display of dominance, vouching for the mascot’s alleged calm friendliness to ESPN:
“We were trying to turn him around to take a picture, and he made a run for it,” said Patrick Dowell, a Texas senior and one of Bevo’s handlers. “He was just going to say hi.”
“He’s as docile as a lamb,” said John Baker, who owns Sunrise Ranch, where Bevo XV was bred. “That’s the first time he’s done that this year.”
“He’s a healthy and happy Bevo,” Baker said.
“Moo,” Bevo added, when reached for comment.