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Texas pays tribute to Bevo XIV in first home game since death

Bevo XIV, Texas' mascot since 2004, passed away on Oct. 17. Max Olson

AUSTIN, Texas -- In its first home game since the passing of Bevo XIV, Texas set up a memorial for its beloved mascot and has several tributes planned for its game Saturday against Kansas State.

A print of Bevo XIV was set up in the south corner of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium where he usually rested during games. A moment of silence was observed before kickoff and Bevo XIV's owners, John T. and Betty Baker, were honored on the field. Texas is also planning a halftime tribute.

Bevo XIV, Texas' mascot since 2004, passed away on Oct. 17 shortly after being diagnosed with bovine leukemia. The steer was retired immediately after the diagnosis and did not attend Texas' 24-17 win over Oklahoma.

It's believed Texas is playing its first home game without Bevo in attendance since the 1939 season. Texas is expected to select Bevo XV in time for the start of the 2016 season.