Oklahoma football: Sooner fans flock to Sun Bowl from both sides of the border
EL PASO — They traveled from New Mexico and Old Mexico.
Saturday evening, Sooner fans filled the stadium that's carved into the Franklin Mountains.
Donned in a crimson ball cap and OU shirt, Oscar Macias sat six aisles from the top of west side of the stadium, turning his hands slightly to focus his binoculars.
Macias has seen the lights of Sun Bowl Stadium many times from his home in Juarez, Mexico, but it was the first time he'd be seen the Sooners play. Ever. He's been a fan since 1951. That's when he first saw the musical, Oklahoma.
Then there was Josiah Largo. His parents made the four hour drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to take him to his third Oklahoma game. His first was when he was one month old. He's now four.
Sitting in the fourth row, Largo just stared at the field while his mother and father talked. His mom, Dorsell, said he's just watched OU football since that first game he went to in Norman. She has a picture of her mother-in-law holding him up to watch plays on the jumbotron at Owen Field, the words Oklahoma shining above him.
“Where we come from, football isn't that big,” Dorsell said.
“It's more basketball,” Royce, Dorsell's husband, said.
“That's until Landry Jones,” Dorsell said. “They never used to show much football on the news. Now we can always find out the results of the Oklahoma game.”
It wasn't just Landry Jones that brought the Largo's to Oklahoma fandom, though. Royce's brother was once an equipment manager for the team in the late ‘90s. The family understands what football can do for a young boy, and they wanted their son to grow up with the Oklahoma football tradition.
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