University of Akrons Zippy Named Capital One Mascot of the Year

University of Minnesotas Goldy Gopher Finishes Second

MCLEAN, Va.--()--After months of fierce competition, University of Akrons Zippy proved to be the colossal kangaroo of the gridiron, having pulled in the majority of the millions of votes cast to earn the coveted title of Capital One Mascot of the Year. Zippy edged out the feisty Goldy Gopher from the University of Minnesota in the championship round. The highly anticipated announcement was made on air during halftime of the nationally televised Capital One Bowl. Zippy bested 11 deeply talented (and oddly-proportioned) All-American mascots to bring glory (and $10,000) to the University of Akron.

This was one of the most closely watched and fiercely fought competitions to date, featuring two mascots with varying talents. The fans have spoken, and named Zippy as best beast with an unprecedented, undefeated record, said Steve Schooff at Capital One. This contest was designed to recognize the unsung heroes of college football, so were thrilled to see so many fans get behind their mascots.

Last summer, 12 eye-catching characters were named to the Sixth Annual Capital One All-America Mascot Team, and have since been embroiled in an intense competition to be named Capital One Mascot of the Year. Since September 10th, fans have come out in force casting their votes at


The All Americans


University of Akron - Zippy


Univ. of Southern Mississippi - Seymour

Brigham Young University - Cosmo Cougar

Syracuse University - Otto

University of Georgia - Hairy Dawg

UCLA - Joe Bruin

University of Minnesota - Goldy Gopher

University of Virginia - Cavman

University of Montana - Monte

Virginia Tech - HokieBird

University of South Carolina - Cocky

Western Kentucky University - Big Red

Were proud of all of our All-Americans, who sacrifice their tails, sweat and tears to support their schools, added Schooff.

This years fuzzy crew was chosen from Division IA and IAA athletic programs with college football teams. They made the squad after being ranked on mascot musts such as interaction with fans, originality and pedigree. The panel of judges included mascot guru and historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough, and representatives from ESPN and Capital One.

Over the past five years, Capital One has helped thrust the spotlight on these unsung heroes of the gridiron. Team members starred in a national advertising campaign, which this year featured the mascots participating in the Capital One Mascot Open, a series of unusual (and fictitious) golf competitions. In addition to the hoopla, each mascot received $5,000 for its schools mascot program. Zippy, the Capital One Mascot of the Year, received an additional $5,000 scholarship to help fund its schools mascot program.

Zippy joins a prestigious list of winners, which now consists of winners spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic, added Schooff. Prior winners are a cougar from the Northwest (Washington States Butch T. Cougar), a working man (Nebraskas Herbie the Husker, 2005), a grizzly bear (Univ. of Montanas Monte, 2002 and 2004) and a gamecock (Univ. of South Carolinas Cocky, 2003).


We said farewell to six of the mascots as we entered the playoffs. During week one of the playoffs (Nov. 26 Dec. 3) perennial contender, Otto from Syracuse (#6) attempted his underdog run to the semifinals by upsetting Virginias Cavman (#3), as Minnesotas Goldy Gopher (#4) buried South Carolinas Cocky (#5) in a fight to the finish. Week two (Dec. 3 Dec. 10) featured Akrons Zippy (#1) and Georgias Hairy Dawg (#2) against Otto and Goldy. Zippy continued to hop along to the finals with an undefeated record by stomping Otto, while Hairy Dawg (#2) was upset by the under-gopher Goldy. The final round (Dec. 10 17), featured Zippy and Goldy battling for the MAC vs. Big Ten bragging rights, as well as the ultimate title.

About Capital One

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial holding company, with 732 locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and Louisiana. Its principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank, Capital One Auto Finance, Inc., and Capital One, N.A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital Ones affiliation with college football began with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPNs Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report and numerous other college football programs.


Capital One
Steve Schooff, 972-378-8105


Capital One
Steve Schooff, 972-378-8105