WSU Cougars vs Colorado State Rams: Bowl Game and Mascot History of Both Teams

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Nov 30, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams mascot Cam the Ram during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Hughes Stadium. The Rams defeated the Falcons 58-13. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at the bowl history and mascot history of both Washington State and the Colorado State. We’ll start with CAM and CSU.

“CAM the Ram” is a live bighorn sheep that got it’s name from an alum, who won a name contest for the ‘new’ school mascot. CAM must be capitalized as it is technically the abbreviation for the Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College, or what used to be Colorado A&M. That happened in 1946 and the Rams got their first official mascot in ’47.

Sep 28, 2013; Fort Collins, CO, USA; Colorado State Rams mascot Cam the Ram rallies the crowd before the game against the UTEP Miners in the first quarter at Hughes Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

CAM is a runner, basically the mini, less scary version of Ralph at Colorado, taking the field before the game and then again at half. The current live ram is the 22nd version and of course there is another mascot (the walmart halloween costume version) mainly for the basketball and indoor events. He too runs around at the football games as well though.

When we look at the Rams’ bowl results in the past, their only back-to-back wins came in the 2000, 2001 seasons in the Liberty and New Orleans bowls. Other than that they haven’t been too impressive historically, holding a 5-7 mark.

Their last bowl was also their first win in four attempts, beating Fresno State back in 2008 in this same New Mexico Bowl (although at that time there was no official sponsor for the game) by a score of 40-35.

Fun fact; CSU play Occidental in their very first bowl game in 1949. Yes there’s an Occidental College, they are the Tigers of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, more commonly known as the SCIAC. Just in case you didn’t believe me I linked it for your enjoyment.

Colorado State Bowl Results (5-7)
Season Bowl Opponent Score W/L
1949 Raisin Occidental 20-21 L
1990 Freedom Oregon 32-31 W
1994 Holiday Michigan 14-24 L
1995 Holiday Kansas State 21-54 L
1997 Holiday Missouri 35-24 W
1999 Liberty Southern Miss 17-23 L
2000 Liberty Bowl Louisville 22-17 W
2001 New Orleans North Texas 45-20 W
2002 Liberty TCU 3-17 L
2003 San Francisco Boston College 21-35 L
2005 Poinsettia Navy 30-51 L
2008 New Mexico Fresno State 40-35 W