Purdue Pete

The mascot for Purdue University during a game in 2003. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images / March 14, 2003)

After five days of voting, the results of the Big Ten mascot poll are in.

The turnout and the results are equally stunning.

As of early Friday morning, more than 7 million votes have been cast. (A typical Chicago Sports poll generates between 500 and 2,000 votes.)

The poll generated a nearly 240,000 page views on chicagotribune.com, but those numbers did not correlate to the votes. We can only assume that some bored computer engineering majors played a role – and to that, we say: Well done!

The winner, by a landslide, is Purdue Pete (74 percent of the vote). Pete wins despite the fact, or perhaps because, in the Monday Main Event on the Tribune's Smack Page, it was ranked last among Big Ten mascots. The comment was: "Might be the creepiest mascot ever created."

"Purdue fans are passionate, and when Boilermakers put their mind to something, it yields positive results," Tom Schott, Purdue's associate athletics director, said. "If Purdue Pete spoke, I know he would thank everyone for the outpouring of support. Boiler Up! Hammer Down! Hail Purdue!"

Here are the results:

1. Purdue Pete (Purdue): 5,422,716 votes (74 percent)

2. Sparty (Michigan State): 876,059 votes (13 percent)

3. Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State): 729,461 (9 percent)

4. Bucky Badger (Wisconsin): 123,676 votes (2 percent)

5. Goldy Gopher (Minnesota): 109,705 (2 percent)

6. Herky the Hawk (Iowa): 68,387 votes (1 percent)

7. Herby Husker (Nebraska): 12,140 (less than 1 percent)

8. Nittany Lion (Penn State):  8,545 votes (less than 1 percent)

9. Willie the Wildcat (Northwestern): 2,410 votes (less than 1 percent)

10. Scarlet Knight (Rutgers): 825 votes (much less than 1 percent)

11. Testudo (Maryland): 758 votes (much less than 1 percent)

Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, unfortunately, do not have mascots. We hope that will change soon, so we can launch another poll.