Lewis leaves with better memories this time

Spartans safety leads team in tackles in hometown and Big Ten title game win against Ohio State. See what he had to say about the feeling of taking the title and having a second chance at it.

NDIANAPOLIS -- The last time Isaiah Lewis left the field in his hometown of Indianapolis, his emotions were much different.

It was the Wisconsin Badgers celebrating their Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl. For Michigan State, the game could've been much different.

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."

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