Curry Sexton caught nine passes for a career-high 159 yards and a touchdown during Kansas State’s 48-14 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday. It was an effort filled with highlights, including a tight-rope grab on the sideline and a diving catch in the end zone.
Not to be outdone, Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 94 yards. His big game included a somersault catch and a nasty double move that faked out the Cowboys’ entire secondary.
It was hard to say who had the better game. Even Sexton and Lockett were torn on the subject as they discussed it afterward.
“He thought my catch in the end zone was better,” Sexton said. “I said, ‘No way.’”
“We go out there and have fun,” Lockett added. “He talks about my crazy catch. Then I tell him that was a great catch he had.”
It goes without saying that this disagreement failed to escalate into an actual argument. K-State’s top two receivers deflect credit onto each other so regularly that it seems like they hope to finish second whenever they engage in friendly competition.
All while the rest of the team pushes them to win at all costs.
“Him and I are luck brothers,” Sexton said. “We mess with each other. We have so much fun together on the field. I honestly enjoy seeing him make big plays more so than I enjoy making them myself, because it is so much fun to see him work.
“He would probably tell you the same thing. That is just the way we handle things. We don’t care about personal accolades. We don’t play games with each other. As long as one, or both, of us plays well, we are happy.”
They were ecstatic Saturday evening. Together, they helped the No. 9 Wildcats blow out the visiting Cowboys for their second straight blowout victory.
“That was two playmakers making big plays,” quarterback Jake Waters said. “It was fun to watch, and that’s we need if we want to keep winning.”
From a production standpoint, it was nearly their finest combined efforts of the season. The only thing that prevented them from matching the 253 yards and four touchdowns they put up against Texas Tech was Sexton getting pushed out of bounds an inch shy of the goal line on a long catch-and-run in the second half.
Perhaps that was reason enough for Sexton to claim Lockett had the finer game. But Lockett saw things differently, complimenting Sexton until he left the stadium.
They hope to have a similar conversation next week after playing TCU.
“When you have fun you don’t think about messing up or doing anything wrong. You just go out there and play,” Lockett said. “The whole team feeds off it ... Stuff like that says a lot about our team.”
OkSt—Hill 2 run (Grogan kick), 11:48.
KSt—Burns 86 kickoff return (McCrane kick), 11:36.
KSt—C.Jones 6 run (McCrane kick), 4:16.
KSt—Cu.Sexton 17 pass from Waters (McCrane kick), 12:46.
KSt—Lockett 20 pass from Waters (McCrane kick), 10:19.
KSt—FG McCrane 37, 1:13.
KSt—C.Jones 3 run (McCrane kick), 13:28.
KSt—Hubener 1 run (McCrane kick), 9:28.
OkSt—Richards 38 interception return (Grogan kick), 7:48.
KSt—FG McCrane 53, 4:49.
Time of Possession
RUSHING—Oklahoma St., Hill 18-102, Childs 9-36, R.Taylor 4-4, Garman 9-(minus 29). Kansas St., C.Jones 10-43, Waters 9-34, Ertz 3-26, Hubener 2-14, Leverett Jr. 5-9, Robinson 4-8.
PASSING—Oklahoma St., Garman 12-23-2-148. Kansas St., Waters 19-28-0-223, Hubener 1-5-1-64.
RECEIVING—Oklahoma St., Washington 3-33, Glidden 3-32, Ateman 2-17, Seales 2-17, Hill 1-34, Sheperd 1-15. Kansas St., Cu.Sexton 9-159, Lockett 6-94, Burton 3-23, Trujillo 1-13, Robinson 1-(minus 2).