NORMAN — Midshipmen from the University of Oklahoma Naval ROTC began their annual run to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas early Wednesday.
As an OU pep band played Boomer Sooner, OU head football coach Bob Stoops handed off a football to Midshipman First Class Lauren Winn, a senior from Bixby, OK.
“Don’t fumble,” Stoops told the runners.
The students are hoping to arrive Friday before a team from the University of Texas Naval ROTC.
Winn said about 85 students will run to Dallas in five shifts. They only run during daylight hours for safety reasons. In Oklahoma, they will run on U.S. 77.
Winn ran briefly east on Brooks Street and then handed the ball off to a colleague. “I have a test in three hours,” she said.