Sep 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Ohio University apologized this morning for the shocking incident of mascot-on-mascot crime which occurred on Saturday, as Rufus the Bobcat viciously tackled and molested the Ohio State mascot, Brutus Buckeye, just prior to the meeting between the two teams at the Horseshoe. In the two videos following the jump, one can see Rufus running the length of the field to tackle Brutus, who was leading the Ohio State team onto the field to begin the game. After shaking off the assault, Brutus proceeded to the end zone, where Rufus again tackled and pummeled him (as seen in this great shot by OhioCollegeFootball.com photographer Dan Poel). The disturbing attack will go down in mascot lore as one of the greatest beatdowns ever, although it also got the person who plays Rufus banned from all future Ohio University athletic events. Hey, at least he went down fighting, unlike his football team on Saturday.
Videos following the jump.
Ohio University has apologized to Ohio State and its fans after the school’s Bobcat mascot tackled the Brutus Buckeye mascot, touching off an impromptu wrestling match before Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium.
In addition, the student who was dressed in the Bobcat costume has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio athletics.
Rufus is awaiting his congratulatory call from the Oregon Duck.
Photo credit: Dan Poel.
School sorry its mascot attacked Brutus Buckeye [Forbes.com]
Brutus Buckeye Gets ROCKED [The Slanch Report]
Bobcat fans make the trip but team struggles against Bucks [Athens News]
What was Rufus Bobcat thinking? [Bucknuts]
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