Bushwacker wins battle with J.B. Mauney

by Ed Godfrey Published: January 25, 2014
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photo - J.B. Mauney rides Bushwacker during the Express Employment Professionals Invitational PBR  event at the Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
J.B. Mauney rides Bushwacker during the Express Employment Professionals Invitational PBR event at the Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

In Saturday night's marquee matchup between world champion bull and world champion bull rider at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the bull won in 3.48 seconds.

Two-time PBR world champion bull Bushwacker dumped 2013 PBR world champion bull rider J.B. Mauney in a battle that will be televised on CBS at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The North Carolina bull rider is the only cowboy to have stayed on Bushwacker for eight seconds since 2009, riding him to a historic 95.25 score in Tulsa last August.

Since then, Bushwacker has won the last three head-to-head meetings against Mauney, including Saturday night in the legendary bull's final appearance in Oklahoma City.

“He won. He was smarter than me,” Mauney said. “He outsmarted me and I paid for it.”

Mauney was pitted against Bushwacker — whose career record is now 68-3 — in a bonus round Saturday night that featured the top 15 bull riders against the top 15 bulls, based on the 2013 standings.

Only four bull riders prevailed, with Brazilian Marco Eguchi scoring a 90.75 on the bull Rango to win the bonus round and $7,500.

Porum bull rider L.J. Jenkins finished third in the bonus round, riding Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey to score of 87.25 and winning $4,500.

The bonus round, however, does not count in determining the champion of PBR's Express Employment Professionals Invitational, which concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. performance.

Only four bull riders have successfully ridden two bulls heading into Sunday's final round: the 2013 PBR rookie of the year, Brazilian Joao Ricardo Vieira; Nathan Schaper of Grassy Butte, N.D.; Reese Cates of El Dorado, Ark.; and Canadian Ty Pozzobon.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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