By: Justin Felisko
May 05, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. –There may not be as much at stake for the bulls compared to the riders at Last Cowboy Standing, but the PBR Major is still a showcase of some of the top bucking talent in the entire world.
Just take a look back at the Top 5 bull scores in Last Cowboy Standing history and you can see that some of the PBR’s best bovine athletes put forth their strongest efforts in Las Vegas.
Bushwacker dominates for Last Cowboy Standing record 47.25-point bull score
Three-time World Champion Bull Bushwacker posted 17 scores of 47 points or higher during his six-year career, and he had his second to final 47-plus outing during the 2013 Last Cowboy Standing.
It first appeared as if Valdiron de Oliveira was going to make history upon Bushwacker, but then at the 5.26-second mark Oliveira lost his control and slipped off the World Champion Bull.
“That was the day to ride him and I thought Valdiron had a good start on him,” nine-time World Champion Ty Murray said during the CBS national television broadcast.
The out was Bushwacker’s sixth consecutive 46-plus performance to begin the 2013 season, which he capped off by claiming his second World Championship.
Jared Allen’s Air Time reaches 47-point threshold for the first time
Nowadays, it is no surprise when Air Time erupts for a 47-point bull score, but in 2014 Air Time was still a volatile bull with unknown potential.
Two months after 2010 World Champion Renato Nunes rode Air Time for 92.5 points in Phoenix, Air Time gave a new meaning to “Air Time” by demolishing Joseph McConnell in 2.08 seconds and a 47-point bull score at the 2014 Last Cowboy Standing.
Air Time has a total of four 47-point or higher bull scores in his four-year career, including a 47-point out this season for his 2.24-second buckoff of Joao Ricardo Vieira in Phoenix.
He is 5-0 in 2016 with an average bull score of 45.1 points per out.
Rango sets career-high with 47 points at 2013 Last Cowboy Standing
He couldn’t outdo Bushwacker and his 47.25-point bull score, but Rango set a new career-high at Last Cowboy Standing in 2013 with a 47-point bull score for disposing L.J. Jenkins in 2.06 seconds.
It was one of two instances in Rango’s four-year BFTS career he reached 47 points. Rango followed up his Last Cowboy Standing performance with a 47-point performance against Austin Meier (3.59 seconds) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, five months later.
Rango also was 4-0 against Jenkins – the 2006 World Finals event winner.
Asteroid downs Joao Ricardo Vieira for 46.75 points at 2013 Last Cowboy Standing
Asteroid may have been unable to repeat as World Champion Bull in 2013, but the 2012 World Champion was still a force to be reckoned with during the 2013 regular season.
Asteroid built off his 47-point bull score a month earlier in Des Moines, Iowa, by handling Joao Ricardo Vieira into his left hand in 5.39 seconds and a 46.75-point bull score.
“Look at the jump, look at the kick,” Murray said on CBS. “You can’t ask one to hardly buck any harder than that.”
Murray later asked two-time World Champion and CBS Sports commentator Justin McBride what he thought of Bushwacker’s out compared to Asteroid.
“For me, Asteroid was harder to ride today,” McBride responded.
Asteroid wouldn’t be able to defeat Bushwacker at the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals, but he would conclude the season an impeccable 15-0 with an average bull score of 45.62 – the second highest average of his six-year career.
Little Red Jacket sets new career-high with 46.5-point showing last year
Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney knows when the stakes are at their highest and that was the case last year when he met up with Little Red Jacket in Round 3 of Last Cowboy Standing. On paper Mauney appeared to be a clear-cut favorite to ride Little Red Jacket, but Gene Owen’s bull had other plans.
Little Red Jacket slipped Mauney off his back in 2.94 seconds for a career-high and event-best 46.5 points to eliminate the Mooresville, North Carolina, cowboy from the event.
“What impressed me was J.B.,” Owen said at the time. “Not to be negative, but some of them guys don’t give them a chance to buck and he gave him a chance and he gave him a good out. (Little Red Jacket) got out clean and he bucked. He has consistently gotten better for us. When you hand it to J.B. like that, that is an outstanding out. I am just proud that he has come along like he has.”
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