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Horns, Aggies Turn Thanksgiving Day Rivalry into Special Fundraising Effort

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The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have been football rivals for more than a century. Now their annual Thanksgiving competition has moved beyond the gridiron and into another arena: raising funds for academics.

University of Texas alumni and other Longhorn fans are urged to visit a special Web site,, to donate to UT. A&M alumni and fans are likewise urged to support their school. Whichever university’s alumni can reach a higher amount of participation through Friday, Nov. 21 will win the contest. The winning university will be announced at halftime of the Nov. 27 game. View a running tally of how much money each school has raised.

Red River Showdown

Gifts of any amount will count as participation, but as an added incentive to give generously, each $20 increment elicits an entry for a random drawing. The prize? Tickets to the sold-out game. The University of Texas at Austin and A&M will each award one pair to a lucky donor.

Both universities will ultimately gain — donated funds will benefit the institution to which they are designated, win or lose — but, as with the football game, only one team will have the winner’s bragging rights for the entire next year.

The Thanksgiving weekend game between The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M — officially called the State Farm Lone Star Showdown — is one of the nation’s longest and most storied rivalries. The two schools have played 114 times, and Texas holds a 73-36-5 advantage.

This year’s version of the Lone Star Showdown will be played in Austin, and it marks the first time since 1993 the game will be on Thanksgiving Day rather than the day after.

View the Fox 7 Austin News story on the fundraising challenge.

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