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Prior to the introduction of Cosmo in 1953, BYU used live cougar mascots on the sidelines. Cosmo was introduced at a pep rally before the Oct. 15 game when BYU played rival Utah State for the Old Wagon Wheel trophy.
Cosmo’s creation is credited to H. Dwayne Stevenson, who was the BYU head of pep activities at the time. So how did Cosmo come about? Stevenson’s then BYU roommate, B. Udell Winkler, told BYU Magazine that, “He thought of it being kind of far out, kind of beyond our reach, something special.”
Since its inception in 1888, Utah State University’s mascot has changed almost as much as a football changes hands in a game. Between 1940-50, the mascot was an elderly farmer, clad in bib overalls, chomping on a piece of hay. The farmer, an unsubtle head nod to the school’s land-grant acts from local farmers, survived for about a decade until the Forward USU Forum coalition was formed to find a new mascot for the school.
“In an eight-page notification of their findings, they presented changing the mascot from the Farmers to the Utah State University Highlanders. Their reasons for picking such a mascot dwelt around the idea that too many people still refer to the university as the Agricultural College,” wrote the USU Statesman.
The efforts of the coalition came to nothing as a loyal student body strongly opposed the changing of the mascot.