The Egg Bowl game ball will travel more than 80 miles in the hands of Mississippi State and Ole Miss students on Monday, Nov. 21, marking the 10th anniversary of the Egg Bowl Run.
The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University’s Military Science and Leadership organizations annually kick off the rival Egg Bowl game by bringing the game day ball to the school hosting the bowl.
“For cadets, it’s a lot of fun to beat out State’s cadets. During the run, cadets and cadres alike encourage each other by cracking jokes and pushing each other to do better,” said Conner Curry, a senior in ROTC.
This year, Mississippi State University Reserve Officers Training Corps students will begin the run in Starkville and meet University of Mississippi ROTC students in Calhoun City.
The organizations will trade off at the Calhoun City Square, and University of Mississippi ROTC students will deliver the ball to Oxford, completing more than 12 legs of the run with a finish line at the Lyceum.
The tradition of the run began in 2013 and has successfully received support from the Starkville and Oxford communities, who contribute to the canned food drive that takes place along the way. Donations can also be made on the university’s campus until Nov. 21. A donation box in Barnard Hall accepts non-perishable foods. Online donations can be made.
The yearly competition between rival schools sparks student involvement, and this year, the University of Mississippi’s program advocated for students to support runners from Calhoun City via Instagram.
The Egg Bowl game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.