KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oklahoma football fan Derek Ellis attended the Big 12 title game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2004. He wore only a long-sleeved shirt and a jacket.
Big mistake. The Sooners beat Colorado, but Ellis froze. He didn't make the same mistake Saturday night, when OU played Nebraska for the conference championship. "I really wasn't prepared like I am now," a bundled-up Ellis said. Temperature at kickoff was 30 degrees, with a wind chill of 22. Still, Ellis doesn't vote to ban Arrowhead from the Big 12 rotation. "I like Arrowhead," said the OU season-ticket holder from Westminster, Colo. "It's a fun stadium to go to." Most fans queried Saturday before the game endorsed cold-weather Kansas City as a Big 12 football host. "I love it," said OU fan J.B. Ruble of Destin, Fla. "I love Arrowhead. I like the cold. It's football weather." Ruble went to Bass Pro before he left home and tried to outfit himself in warmth for less than $100. He spent $99 and got Gore-Tex gloves, duck boots, pants with lining and long underwear. Neala Harper of Tulsa has been to all three previous OU title games in Kansas City and vowed never to return after each. She was back for No.
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