Expect Texas A&M All-America running back Darren Lewis to play his best against Brigham Young in the Sea World Holiday Bowl Dec. 29.
Don't expect Lewis to play his best because he's trying to out-shine Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer. Lewis, an early-season contender for the award, finished ninth in the voting."The Heisman voting is already over and I give Ty Detmer all the credit he deserves," Lewis said. "You have to play each game the best you can.
"Just because we're playing against Ty Detmer it doesn't mean I'll try to open people's eyes and make them say, `This should have been the man.' I'll just play as hard as I can and let it go."
Lewis became the fifth collegian in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 career rushing yards in the final game of the season. He's the first 5,000-yard rusher not to win the Heisman.
"I went out and gave 110 percent and left it all on the field, so I am satisfied," Lewis said. "I had a couple of bad games that probably hurt me. In the Heisman watch, one bad game can really hurt you."
Lewis was named to The Associated Press All-America team for the second time. He was a first-team pick as a sophomore when he gained 1,692 yards. He overcame a slow start in 1989 and gained 961 yards as a junior.
Lewis wrote himself into the A&M and Southwest Conference record books in the season finale in a 28-27 loss to No. 3 Texas. Playing despite a bruised shoulder suffered in the second quarter, Lewis gained 150 yards on 25 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 17, 12 and 31 yards in his final regular-season game, giving him an SWC record 5,012 career rushing yards.
He broke the SWC record of 4,450 set by Southern Methodist's Eric Dickerson in 1979-82. Lewis has 5,162 total yards.
The previous 5,000-yard rushers who won Heisman trophies were Pittsburgh's Tony Dorsett, Southern California's Charles White, Georgia's Herschel Walker and Ohio State's Archie Griffin.
"I'm just disappointed that this year he didn't get the credit he deserves for being a great back," A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "I think Darren should have gotten strong consideration."