If you missed it on Saturday, Ohio University went to Columbus and gave Ohio State a drubbing — in the mascot smackdown category.
Ohio University promptly banned Brandon Hanning, the 19-year-old inside the Rufus Bobcat costume. It probably would’ve been better served signing him up to start at linebacker. (Ohio lost to OSU, 43-7.)
Our favorite part of the video is at the end, when Rufus keeps punching Brutus the Buckeye in the head while the Ohio State football players kneel in prayer.
Ohio: Our mascots hate one another!
UPDATE: ESPN now reports that Hanning had long been planning to ambush Brutus. “The whole reason I tried out was so I could come up here to Ohio State and tackle Brutus,” Hanning said. Nineteen-year-olds. God bless ’em.
UPDATE #2!: The melee from another angle. The dramatic build up on this video is far superior. You see Rufus charge Brutus for a good five seconds before making contact. The tension is palpable. It’s like a great horror film — you know what’s coming and you still can’t look away.
This video also gives a better look at the low blow that John Sherck draws attention to in the comment thread.