In 1922, Hall-of-Famer Charles Bachman asked alumni to consider donating an actual Wildcat to the school to serve as a mascot. KSAC alumni Herbert R. Groome and John E. McCoy, both veterinarians in Twin Falls, Idaho, donated "Touchdown I" to the school shortly after the animal was nursed back to health under their care. (The bobcat had an encounter with a porcupine, and his face and throat were punctured by numerous quills. Unfortunately, Touchdown I never fully recovered from its fight, dying of pneumonia shortly after arriving in Manhattan.)
Although the bobcats have served as K-State's wildcat mascot since 1922, the animals no longer attend games.