EAST LANSING, Mich. Trenton Robinson, one of Michigan State's senior captains, admires teammate Isaiah Lewis for his constant tenacity, every game and every practice.
"If he's going to mess up, he's going to mess up 100 mph," Robinson said. "He goes hard all the time."
Occasionally in sports, that type of determination can lead to your downfall, too.
In Lewis' case, it happened at the worst possible time for the Spartans. His running-into-the-punter penalty will be remembered as the final dagger for Michigan State, wiping out a long punt return and allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock, in a heartbreaking 42-39 loss in the Big Ten championship game earlier this month.
Instead of possibly ending the program's 24-year Rose Bowl drought, Lewis and the Spartans are headed to the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., to play Georgia on Jan. 2.
"You just have to move past it," Lewis said Tuesday, the first time he's talked to the media about the play. "If you keep on dwelling on it, it wil...