Colorado State mascot CAM the Ram dies before rivalry game

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- A substitute had to be sent in for Colorado State's mascot Saturday after CAM the Ram died shortly before the team's big day.

Colorado State president Tony Frank said CAM -- the 24th mascot in school history -- died before the Rocky Mountain Showdown against the Colorado Buffaloes.

The Rambouillet sheep was 6 years old. CSU officials don't know how he died.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that a successor, CAM No. 25, took the field for the Rams' 27-24 loss to the Buffaloes.

CAM was a regular at campus events. At Hughes Stadium, he would run from one side of the end zone to the other in celebration of a Rams touchdown.

He lived with a Fort Collins family on a farm that also has horses, chickens and other animals.