UT students run Texas-Oklahoma game ball to Dallas

(UT Navy ROTC photo)
(UT Navy ROTC photo)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 5, 2018 at 3:38 PM CDT
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The official game ball for the annual Red River Showdown between The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners passed through Central Texas this week headed to the Cotton Bowl as part of a 20-year tradition.

Each year in advance of the big game in Dallas, students from UT’s Navy ROTC and OU ROTC take off on foot from Austin and Norman carrying an official game ball.

The Austin group that wound through Central Texas took off Wednesday night from the Texas Fight Rally in Austin and ran through the night, passing through Salado in the early morning hours of Thursday.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, the group stopped for a photo op in McGregor.

“The game ball is halfway to Dallas! Thanks to the people of McGregor for coming out and supporting us as we ran through their town. Next up for our runners: Waco,” the group posted on social media.

The next stop included a photo with the runners in front of McLane Stadium in Waco.

“After reaching a cumulative run total of 425 miles in Waco, TX, we’re moving on to West and Hillsboro next!”

While a stop in West wasn’t posted on the group’s Facebook page, the City of West shared photos as a police escort guided the runners through town.

The group then ran through Hillsboro posting a photo at the courthouse which was one of the final stops before Dallas.

Once the team arrives, they’ll compete in a friendly game of flag football with the Navy runners from Oklahoma.

The Red River Showdown kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday.