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September 8, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
There were moments in K-State's 48-27 football win over Louisiana last night that will forever go down in Wildcat history.
From the offense to the defense, milestones were achieved that have placed a handful of the 2013 K-State football roster on the charts next to K-State's all-time greats.
Running back John Hubert hit 2,000 rushing yards for his career, while wide receiver Tyler Lockett recorded his fourth career 100-plus-yard receiving game. Mix those moments on the offense with senior safety Ty Zimmerman's first career interception for a touchdown and you've got quite an exciting ballgame.
But these guys don't look at charts or stats - they don't play for themselves, and despite tying for ninth on the 100-yard receiving games chart with his four 100-plus-yard games [tied with current receivers coach Andre Coleman (1990-93), Mike Wallace (1981-84), Charlie Green (1976-78) and Dave Jones (1966-68)] Lockett's focus is on one thing: his team.
"It doesn't really mean a lot," Lockett said modestly after recording 111 receiving yards in last night's game. "It really is about however I can help the team out there (that matters). If I can catch a lot of balls, blocking, being a cheerleader, then that's what it is. As long as we come out with the win that's all that matters."
Hubert's current total of 2,037 rushing yards put him at No. 9 in the books for most career rushing yards in K-State history. His 69 yards last night sent him past former running back Josh Scobey (2000-01) who had a career 1,981 total rushing yards.
"I'm proud of John, I appreciate what he's done here," K-State head coach Bill Snyder said about the accomplishment. "He's in a different set of circumstances right now and he has to rise to the occasion. John's got to step up and make some positive things happen and he showed some signs of that tonight."
Late in the third quarter, after back-to-back touchdowns from Louisiana, Zimmerman intercepted a pass from UL quarterback Terrance Broadway and ran it into the end zone for a K-State touchdown. It was a momentum changer for the Wildcats after a shaky third quarter, and it was Zimmerman's first touchdown of his K-State career.
"It was a good feeling," Zimmerman said about grabbing the interception and running it in for the score. "It was a great play by (linebacker) Blake Slaughter. He had that guy covered and the quarterback had no choice but to throw behind him and it ended up getting tipped and fell right into my hands."
Zimmerman, from Junction City, Kan., is in his second season as one of the team's captains and, over the past four years with the K-State program, has seen a plethora of individual accolades as he's continued to help his team to success.
"Ty's a tremendous young man and a quality person," Snyder said. "Obviously he's been a very, very fine player for us the past four years. He knows exactly what he's doing and how to go about doing it."
Along with Lockett, Hubert and Zimmerman, wide receiver Tramaine Thompson stood out on the field last night as he scored a touchdown off of a 94-yard kickoff return and then, shortly after, returned a punt 61-yards to the Wildcat 1-yard line that set up quarterback Jake Waters for a rushing touchdown.
In non-offensive touchdowns, K-State ranks No. 1 in the nation since 1999, and Thompson said the team works hard to make sure the special team achievements continue throughout this season as well.
"It's been a difference maker in pretty much every game we've won," Thompson said. "We take a lot of pride in special teams. We practice it every day and it shows in our performance."
While K-State notices its mistakes in last night's game, the team also knows the win was a step in the right direction as it looks forward to the rest of the season.
"You could say we were more focused, we were more into it," Lockett said about the difference between last night's game and the loss to North Dakota State the week before, "Coach Snyder tried to find ways to approach practice to try and keep us mentally focused and keeping our spirits high and I think we just all really tuned in. We all felt just kind of icky after last week, but this was an opportunity to get it all back, and that's what we did."
K-State's next game is against Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 pm in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game will be televised world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.
This weekend K-State Tennis celebrated the opening of the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, click here to read more about the event. Also, volleyball stayed undefeated in 2013 and won the K-State Invitational after sweeping three games in a row.
*Click here for highlights from last night's K-State football game against Louisiana Lafayette