But by now, the hoopla of that play has surely died down. Not that Lewis cares. That night sticks out for an entirely different reason.
“I remember losing to OU more than any play I’ve ever made,” Lewis said. “That’s definitely a memory I’d like to have flipped. I want to have wins in those columns instead of big plays.”
Much has changed for Lewis and the Cowboys since that 2010 season. Lewis finished it as the Big 12’s co-defensive freshman of the year. The following year he recorded 9.5 tackles for loss, easily the most of any OSU linebacker, as the Cowboys won their first BCS Bowl.
But last year was different. Lewis lost more games in one season (5) than he had the two previous combined (3). It’s just an added element of motivation as Lewis gears up for his final season in Stillwater.
“I don’t know any athlete that likes to lose,” Lewis said. “To lose as many as we did last year, especially with as close as (the losses) were, you want to try and eliminate games like that. This spring, that’s our aim.”
Lewis returns this season as one of the conference’s most veteran linebackers. After starting the final six games of his freshman season, he’s never missed significant time due to injury, and has been a consistent playmaker in the Cowboys’ “star” linebacker position.
While the main focus of early spring is gearing up for another season-long grind, Lewis has also been able to appreciate his last go-round with the Cowboys.
“I occasionally think about it,” Lewis said. “But I’m just trying to go out there and maximize every practice, and do everything I can to get better as an athlete. It’s good for me. It’s not scary at all.”
“You get four years to go to school, paid for, to play ball in front of thousands of people. I’m just enjoying the experience. Coach Gundy says it all the time. We won’t be in a situation like this for the rest of our lives.”