Sooners Are Amped Up For Pro Venue Showdown

CINCINNATI-- Mark it down: Playing on National Football League fields is starting to become a norm for the Crimson and Cream.

Tonight's contest against Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium makes the fourth NFL stadium and fifth visit to a pro venue the Sooners will have set their cleats on in the past three seasons.

OU played back-to-back games in pro stadiums back in 2008-09, defeating Missouri 62-21 in the Big 12 Championship at Arrowhead Stadium en route to playing and falling to Florida 24-14 in the National Title game at Dolphin Stadium.

Last year, the Sooners opened up against Brigham Young in a 14-13 defeat at Jerry World, followed up with a game two weeks later once again in Dolphin Stadium against the Miami Hurricanes, which they lost 21-20.

And don't think the team isn't fired up about it.

"I think it will be fun," said center Ben Habern. "I mean, we experienced it last year going down to Miami and playing then I guess in the Dolphins' stadium, and I think it's just going to be really fun."

Strong side linebacker Ronnell Lewis echoed those comments.

"It's going to be a big thing and I'm excited about it, feels good," Lewis said. "I'm going to go out there and hopefully get some playing time and do my thing and show everybody what's up."

Running back Mossis Madu even got in on the talk.

"Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing that," Madu said. "Yeah, I want to go in there and see how it is, you know. It's always good seeing NFL stadiums."

Heck, even head coach Bob Stoops is excited.

"Yeah, it's always, I'm a big stadium guy, you know, meaning I love to see different ones, new ones, be in them, " Stoops said. "And I'm sure the players are that way. You know, that's kind of their venue to go have at it and compete a little bit, so I'm sure going in there, you know, will be exciting for them."

Yes it will, even if they are 1-3 in their past four outings at these pro venues.

It's certainly a motivation booster, as if getting to 4-0 and the Red River Rivalry undefeated already wasn't.

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