Alex Lewis made a mistake.
On Nebraska's first overtime offensive play of a 36-33 loss to Miami, quarterback Tommy Armstrong threw an interception, Hurricanes cornerback Corn Elder intercepted the pass, and two seconds after he was chased out of bounds, the NU offensive tackle purposely smacked Elder to the ground.
He was flagged for a personal foul, which helped the Hurricanes get a shorter field in for their field goal try.
Here's a quick look at the play:
After the game, Lewis heard about his mistake from a few Nebraska fans:
@luxurylew You're a team captain. It's time to start acting like one.— Scott Williamson (@huskerwilly) September 20, 2015
In the wee hours of Sunday morning, after the Huskers returned from Miami, Lewis fired back at his critics on his Facebook page, then posted his critique to Twitter. (Update: The post was removed from Twitter early Sunday afternoon.)
Here's the text of Lewis' post:
"I'm done playing for the state of the Nebraska!" the Facebook post begins. "You want to blame me for the loss, that's fine! But I have done every thing right to prove I belong and yet you im not a husker! So you want to see what Alex Lewis is about? Then sit back and criticize because I'm going to prove to myself and my family and my family that i am better than these fair weather fans that themselve (sic) huskers! You have let loose a storm that the huskers havent seen seen since 95 and you will kiss my feet when im done with you! So screw everyone who ever doubts me. Aka the whole state of Nebraska, who said i was not nebraska worthy since my arrest!"
The arrest to which Lewis refers occurred in May 2013, shortly after he decided to transfer from Colorado to Nebraska, which did not recruit Lewis out of high school despite him being the son of former Husker offensive lineman Bill Lewis. Lewis was charged with assault in a fight that occurred on CU's campus. Lewis was eventually sentenced to 45 days in jail. The fifth-year senior has never shied away from taking responsibility for his actions in that fight and never shirked responsibility for it.
"The clock of life is always ticking and when you go through adversity, it reveals your character — who you are as a human being," Lewis told the World-Herald in a story this summer. "You can fold under the pressure and succumb to the label that’s been placed, or you can take your second chance and make the most out of it — doing everything you can to clean up your reputation. Persistence. Determination. Hard work."
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