What makes the story even better is that Utah State hit a shot with 3 seconds left to win the game, meaning that Big Blue ripping off Pistol Pete's mustache was indeed the key play of the game. Because as we all know, no mustache power equals no win.
During a timeout with 7 seconds left and New Mexico State leading 70-69, Utah State's mascot, "Big Blue" the bull, confronted New Mexico State's "Pistol Pete" cowboy mascot and ripped off his fake mustache.
The cowboy then chased the bull to halfcourt, jumped on his back and tried unsuccessfully to pull him to the floor.
"Pistol Pete" then started to try to choke his rival before retreating to his end of the court.
Several newspaper photographers covering the game said they heard a man in a Nevada shirt offer the Utah State mascot $100 to go grab the mustache.
The man confirmed to The Associated Press that was true and that he paid the mascot the $100, but declined to provide his name. He said he did not expect New Mexico State's "Pistol Pete" to respond the way he did.
Blue was suspended for the championship game against Nevada, but his spirit of bravery propelled Utah State to snatch the WAC's automatic NCAA bid.
But I know you want to see a picture of Blue getting choked, so here you go.
I'm surprised that Pistol Pete resorted to choking. I'd have thought he'd just shoot the bull.
Big Blue's brazen mustache thievery prompts mascot fight [The Dagger]