Because I covered the game, I saw it happen live. I saw Brutus and the Ohio State cheerleaders leading the team down the field, and then I saw Rufus running from the sideline towards Brutus.
I immediately knew this wasn’t about to be good. Luckily, the man in the Rufus costume’s first attempt to bring down Brutus did not succeeded, no harm no foul. However, Rufus didn’t give up. He then chased after Brutus in the end zone and jumped on his back and brought him to the ground.
At this point, I knew this wasn’t planned. Brutus got up and put his hands in the air as to say “What are you doing.”
Rufus was then escorted out of the area by security. It was a terrible start for what ended up being a terrible game for the Bobcats.
But just when I thought this couln’t get more ridiculous, it did. The story blew up and was being reported by media outlets across the country.
This video of the incident appeared on YouTube and the university was forced to issue an appology for the kid’s behavior.
The most mind-blowing part of the story to me is that the kid who was in the costume, 19-year old Brandon Hanning, does not even go to Ohio Univeristy.
How can you have your mascot not even attend your school? That’s like the quarterback on the football team not going to the school he plays for. Unreal.
In the story, broken in The Post, Hanning admits the entire reason he tried-out to be Rufus was so he could tackle Brutus.
This whole thing makes the university look bad, because of the stupid actions of one student who doesn’t even go here.