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No Sooner had a bigger game than Travis Lewis

by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 5, 2010 at 7:53 am •  Published: December 5, 2010

Lewis came up with another fumble in the fourth quarter, and just as his turnovers had in the first half, this one led to points.

The resulting field goal was the game-winner.

“They gave me some opportunities and I took advantage,” Lewis said. “I missed some tackles and I gave up some big plays, but we never gave up, we kept at it and we came away with the win.”

The Sooners were just following Lewis' lead. By his own admission, this hasn't been the season that he wanted it to be.

“I haven't been playing to my ability,” he said. “To come out and have a game like this, it means so much to me. I want to give everything to my teammates.

“This is for them.”

While Lewis had his best game on the biggest stage, he was hardly alone.

Jonathan Nelson had a team-high 11 tackles. Ronnell Lewis and Quinton Carter had seven tackles while Austin Box had six and a fumble recovery. Frank Alexander had six tackles, four that were for a loss and one forced fumble.

Each of those stat lines is worthy of praise.

“We took the field at halftime and said we wouldn't let them score anymore,” Carter said. “And we played that way.”

They played well enough for OU to win Saturday night, for the red and white confetti to rain down onto the Cowboys Stadium turf, for the Sooners to celebrate another title.

As the celebration was winding down, Lewis made his way over to the stands and raised three fingers into the air.

This was his third conference crown as a Sooner, but the three could've just as easily been for his three monster plays.

“To win this game in the fashion that we did,” Lewis said, “this is huge.”

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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