Jack Rabbit’ earns early victory in mascot challenge

I recently told you about the South Dakota State University mascot being included in the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

Here’s an update on the challenge from SDSU, which reports that "Jack Rabbit" has earned an early victory:

South Dakota State mascot Jack Rabbit defeated University of Maryland mascot Testudo in the first week of competition in the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

In a competition where fans pick the winner through online balloting, Jack Rabbit tallied 27,703 votes to defeat Testudo, a veteran of three Capital One All-America mascot teams (2004, 2006 and 2008). Jack now faces Boomer from the University of Oklahoma in week two of the 12 week competition.

“We have some of the most passionate fans in the country, at any level, and they did a great job last week of logging on and voting for Jack Rabbit,” said assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions Justin Swanson. “We look forward to their continued support of Jack throughout the competition this fall.”

SDSU fans can vote for Jack at www.capitalonebowl.com

Fans are allowed to vote once a day in the competition. After a series of 12 weekly regular season match-ups, the competition culminates with a playoff.

The Capital One Mascot Challenge is in its eighth year and annually crowns the best mascot in the country.

Categories: Eastern SD, General News

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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