Daily Sports Smile: Washington State mascot arrives in cardboard Trojan Horse during USC game

Sep 11, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars mascot, Butch  high fives the student section during a game against the Portland State Vikings in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium.
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A college football sideline is always an interesting place. On Saturday, Washington State Cougars mascot, Butch, took things to the next level with an epic arrival.

Butch hyped the crowd with a cardboard Trojan Horse chariot. It was a hilarious re-enactment of the Trojan War chapter where ancient Greeks arrived into Troy in a similar fashion. It just so happened that the Cougars were playing the USC Trojans in Pac-12 play.

KREM2 sports director Brenna Greene captured the cool moment. She shared the viral video through her Twitter account. The video shows Butch walking in disguise and popping out to a thunderous ovation.

Despite the fun interaction, the Cougars fell to the Trojans, 45-14, at home. USC freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart completed 30 of 46 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. He replaced starter Kedon Slovis, who left the game with an injury. The Trojans went on to score 38 unanswered points in the second half as they rolled to victory.

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Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura and receiver Travell Harris accounted for the lone points on the rainy afternoon. Harris finished with seven catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns. De Laura was 10 of 19 for 117 yards.

The Cougars will return to action against the Utah Utes next week. The Trojans improved to 2-1 overall and return home to face Oregon State.