SALT LAKE CITY — Prior to the Holy War, KSL.com conducted a poll to determine Utah residents’ favorite college mascot and to see who Utahns predicted would win the popular rivalry game.
Brigham Young University’s Cosmo the Cougar easily took the lead for the favorite mascot, with 41 percent of the votes. Utah State’s Big Blue took second place, with 29 percent of the votes, and the University of Utah mascot, Swoop, had 21 percent of the votes.
Unfortunately for BYU fans, 53 percent of the voters incorrectly predicted the cougars would win Saturday’s game.
The question on who would win the Holy War was answered by 12,329 people, and 12,690 people participated in the favorite mascot poll.
The cougar became BYU’s mascot in the early 1920s, according to BYU Cougars.
“BYU purchased a pair of cougar cubs for 50 cents each in 1924 to excite BYU fans at athletic events. Live cougars prowled the sidelines of BYU games on a regular basis through the late 1940s and on special occasions through the 1960s,” according to BYU Cougars.
Cosmo officially appeared before BYU fans for the first time Oct. 15, 1953. The original costume cost $73, and the mascot got his name from the university’s diverse student body, according to BYU Cougars.