University of Wyoming and Colorado State University ROTC program participate in annual run to the border ahead of the Border War

The Bronze Boot.
The Bronze Boot.(KGWN)
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 9:16 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Both University of Wyoming and Colorado State Universities' ROTC programs had their annual ‘running of the game ball’ where they meet at the Wyoming/Colorado border off of U-S 287, to exchange the game ball ahead of the 112th annual Border War, making it the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi river.

UW’s ROTC program ran 26 miles from War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyoming, while CSU’s ROTC cadets ran from Fort Collins, Colorado. This year had a little bit of a different twist to it, as the athletic directors, Tom Burman (UW), and Joe Parker (CSU), exchanged the game balls, instead of the head coaches.

UW athletic director Tom Burman, left, and CSU athletic director Joe Parker, right, exchange...
UW athletic director Tom Burman, left, and CSU athletic director Joe Parker, right, exchange the game balls ahead of the Border War.(KGWN)

“The connection between the university and the ROTC department is really highlighted from this rivalry from our aspect and it’s something that our cadets are proud of,” Lieutenant Colonel, Jon Curtis said.

This is the 53rd edition of the Border War where both teams will battle for the Bronze Boot. In 2019, the Cowboys won 17-7, making it four years in a row the Pokes took home the Bronze Boot, leading the series 28-24. Even though the ROTC programs having love and respect for each other, competition is still at a rise, as Wyoming looks to make it five consecutive victories.

“2020 is different, but the tradition still remains and it’s going to be a great day tomorrow at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins, go pokes,” Burman said.

The game will be held without fans this year, as kick-off is scheduled for tomorrow night, at 7:00pm MT.

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