The recovery put the Hokies (5-0) inside WVU territory and again pinned the Mountaineer defense. On a day when it could not stop the Virginia Tech passing attack, a short field became impossible to defend.
VPI quarterback Michael Vick found Eddie Royal for a 15-yard score off a slant that put Tech up 24-14 at the half.
West Virginia (4-1) had numerous other mistakes, including a delay of game on its first play and another on a kickoff and three first half fumbles – the first of which handed the Hokies their first score and a 7-0 lead.
But it was Lewis' muff and the resulting score, which shifted building momentum and twisted a potential game-changing drive into another Virginia Tech possession against a tiring West Virginia defense.
The Mountaineers could not afford any breakdowns – special teams or otherwise – and the two fumbles that led to 14 points proved the difference in an otherwise largely even game.