Mississippi State University police said vandals spray-painted the words "Woo Pig" on a statue of the school's mascot located near the football stadium last week.
The statue of the bulldog, named Bully, was vandalized between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday, the university's Police Department said Tuesday on Twitter.
There are a number of Bully statues on campus, but the only one defaced was located in the tailgating area known as the Junction next to Davis Wade Stadium, university spokesman Sid Salter said in an interview Wednesday.
Vandals sprayed the bronze statue Razorback red and painted the words "Woo Pig" on the side of its white base. On the other side of the base, the vandals wrote the date Nov. 17, when the Razorbacks travel to Starkville to take on the Bulldogs.
In Week 2, Arkansas blew a 14-point lead in the second half and lost to Colorado State on the road. No.16 Mississippi State traveled to Kansas State and dominated the Wildcats 31-10.
Salter said maintenance crews used a sand blaster to remove the graffiti, and it's "clean, shiny and pristine" for Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Additional measures are not being taken to protect the statue, which is vandalized every two or three years, he said.
An investigation is ongoing, and campus police may offer a cash reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest, according to the Twitter post.