OU's Travis Lewis takes Golden Hat trophy for a victory lap

University of Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis has waited a long time for his chance to live it up after a win over Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. On Saturday, he got that chance after a 28-20 OU victory.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 3, 2010 at 6:58 am •  Published: October 2, 2010

DALLAS — Travis Lewis grabbed the Golden Hat and took it for a victory lap.

First, the Oklahoma linebacker hopped onto one of the sideline benches with the trophy given to the winner of the Red River Rivalry perched on the top of his head.

Then, he paraded across the Cotton Bowl turf and posed for a few photos.

Finally, he walked up the stadium ramp, the hat on his head and a smile on his face.

"I've always wanted to do that," Lewis said of his post-game celebration.

On an afternoon OU defeated Texas 28-20, there were plenty of reasons for the Sooners to live it up.

The victory keeps in tact an undefeated season. The Sooners have an inside track on the Big 12 South Division title and an outside shot at getting into the national championship hunt.

The OU offense rolled up 360 yards, led by quarterback Landry Jones (236 yards and two touchdowns) and running back DeMarco Murray (115 yards and two touchdowns).

The OU defense dominated early, forcing five Texas punts before halftime. In the second half, the Sooners twice held the Longhorns to field goals after they'd driven inside the 10-yard line.

But on Saturday, the Sooners' joy was more about breaking a two-game losing skid against the Longhorns.

Many of the starters were merely scout team players when OU last beat Texas.

Count Lewis among that group. The gregarious junior was redshirting when the Sooners won in 2007. He got to join in the celebration, but it wasn't really his party.

Saturday's was.

Lewis made the most of it.

"This has been a long time coming," he said. "I have been on the losing end of this for the past two years, so that was a lot of pent up frustration coming out."

Box Score: OU, 28 - Texas, 20
by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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