Lewis, then a sophomore, was called for running into the punter with less than two minutes remaining. The Spartans were set to get the ball back with a chance to overcome their three-point deficit. Instead, the penalty allowed Wisconsin to run out the clock and end Michigan State's Pasadena dreams.
On Saturday night, Lewis was part of the Spartans' memorable postgame celebration. He carried a rose with him while hugging and high-fiving teammates and Michigan State is off to the Rose Bowl after beating second-ranked Ohio State.
"I always thought about it," said Lewis, who posted a game-high 13 tackles. "Our goal is to go to the Rose Bowl and to get to this game to go to the Rose Bowl."
The hometown kid had plenty of people to celebrate with, too. Lewis could look to the crowd and spot many familiar faces. Friends and family members came to the game and were able to share the special night.
"A lot of people," Lewis said. "I can't even count. A lot of people came to the game and a lot of people are watching."
This time, it was a different postgame scene for Lewis. His return to Indianapolis brought an incredible victory, one he won't soon forget.
"I'm on top of the world," he said, "and to win this in my city feels great."