The Houston Cougars received a boost of energy from an unlikely source in Friday’s Independence Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette.

After a kick return, Houston’s kickoff tee retriever sprinted into action and dove onto the field to collect the tee. The retriever, who is aptly named “Hawk,” caught the attention of the college football world with his energy. Not only did his physical actions shock many, but he gained fans in the process.

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Hawk was rocking a mullet and he seemed to have full confidence in his appearance as he sprinted out on the field to collect the tee. His tee collecting technique received praise from many people. After running full speed from Houston’s sideline to middle of the field, he dove head-first into the tee. When he came back to the sideline, Hawk dove out of bounds and concluded his task with an iconic hair flip of his mullet.


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As it turned out, Hawk’s shocking entrance and exit gave the Cougars some energy to close out the bowl game with a win. Houston went on to win by 7 points, 23-16. Hawk was not expected to be the deciding factor in the win, but he helped his team out when they needed him the most.

Houston closed out the season with an 8-5 record.