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Sooners respect Hurricanes, expect tough game Saturday

By David Ubben, Staff Writer Modified: September 30, 2009 at 7:45 am •  Published: September 30, 2009
NORMAN — When Miami knocked off two ranked teams to open its season, the Sooners were watching.

And when the No. 17 Hurricanes were routed by Virginia Tech in the slop in Blacksburg last week, the Sooners were watching.

"They want to make America forget about that game, and what better way to do it than bringing down the No. 8 team in the country on your home field, in a night game on ABC?” said senior offensive lineman Brian Simmons. "I’m not going to look down on them, because they’re going to come out motivated.”

Miami opened the season with three consecutive nationally televised games, one on a Monday, another on a Thursday, and Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech. Since Oklahoma was off last week, plenty of the Sooners got a final chance to see the Hurricanes’ underwhelming performance.

The loss hasn’t changed much in the minds of the Oklahoma players, who will travel to Miami this weekend to play a team that was the media’s darling a week ago.

"We still see them as the championship-caliber team that they are,” said senior offensive lineman Trent Williams. "It’s a little bit more scary, because they’re going to come out with a vengeance and play harder. When we lost to BYU, I know the feeling we had coming out the next week. I know they’re going to come out with a full head of steam.