OU ROTC students make special delivery ahead of Red River Showdown

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Several Naval ROTC students from the University of Oklahoma crossed Willis Bridge Thursday to deliver a very important pigskin for the Red River Showdown.

It's a journey that takes them three days and 168 miles to run.

The University of Oklahoma Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps began their journey from Norman on Wednesday, running through Ada and Ardmore and picking up in Madill Thursday morning.

Midshipman Davis McDermott, a political science and economics major, said this is his third year for the run and his goal is to go further than last year.

"Just trying... to make sure the freshmen don't run farther than you," McDermott said.

The battalion has been running to the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas for more than 20 years to deliver the Oklahoma Sooners game ball.

Junior John Lovett said this is his third year for the run as well.

"It's great to do it every time," Lovett said. "This is one of the things I look forward to most out of the year, just being able to run down and go to the game. It's a lot of fun."

McDermott said the run is a good break from the grind of school and training.

"There's a lot of seriousness in ROTC that you're training to become a military officer so this is one of the things that we can really relax and enjoy ourselves with every year," McDermott said.

McDermott said the caravan of Sooners has been met with nothing but support in its travels.

"We got a lot of support coming across the bridge," McDermott said. "We had people honking and waving at us as we came by so it was a good time."

Another tradition tied to this rivalry is an annual flag football game against the University of Texas Naval ROTC team.

These ROTC sooners hope to build on their win from last year.

The big game kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The ROTC game begins at 1 p.m. Saturday on a nearby field.