Complete Team Effort Leads Cats to Road Victory

"I thought we avoided critical errors, but being in this type of environment, not to get penalized is extremely significant," head coach Bill Snyder said to ESPN after the game. "It took an awful lot of discipline to do that."
Despite falling behind in the game's opening minutes, K-State never gave up. 
For the second-consecutive time in Norman - the first being a 24-19 win in 2012 - the Wildcats never backed down.
The full team effort began with fullback Glenn Gronkowski's 62-yard touchdown catch and extended to exciting plays on defense, highlighted by Danzel McDaniel's interception of OU quarterback Trevor Knight deep in Sooner territory and five-yard return to paydirt. From that point on, the Cats started rolling and there was no stopping this team.
A nine-yard pass from Jake Waters to Tyler Lockett put the Cats ahead 21-14, while OU added a field goal with four minutes left as K-State took a 21-17 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
A 53-yard run by Waters set up a Matthew McCrane 27-yard field goal to open the third quarter, but the Sooners came back with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Knight to tight end Blake Bell to tie the game at 24.
Each time the Wildcats would get ahead the Sooners fired right back. Though Waters put K-State back on top, 31-24, with a four-yard touchdown rush to end the third quarter, a nine-yard touchdown pass for Oklahoma from Knight to wide receiver Durron Neal to open the fourth quarter kept the game close.
K-State wouldn't back down easy, though, and, as the Sooners' extra point was blocked by defensive lineman Travis Britz, his school-record tying fifth blocked kick of his career.
After Britz's big block, the Wildcats needed the discipline and grit to finish the game out, and that's exactly what they did. Trailing by one, Oklahoma drove its way to the one-yard line, but the Wildcat defense held on a key third down. The Sooners missed a chip-shot field goal as K-State held on to its one-point lead.
Then it was the offense's turn. Needing two first downs to put the game on ice, a Waters-to-Curry Sexton third-down conversion kept the drive alive, while the offensive line created just enough room for Charles Jones to rip off a first down run to put the game away.
Overall, Waters finished 15-of-23 for 225 yards and two touchdowns through the air while rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown.
Lockett led the team in receiving with six catches for 86 yards while Sexton grabbed eight catches for a total of 77 yards. Defensively, Jonathan Truman carded a career-high 17 tackles, while Morgan Burns also grabbed an interception. 
Next up for the Wildcats is an 11 a.m., matchup against Texas in Bill Snyder Family Stadium next Saturday. The game serves as Homecoming and will be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. 
 

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