Four Wildcats Cap Careers with Top Marks

While last night marked the ending of a chapter for four special Wildcat seniors, their names will stay forever etched into the K-State football record book.
After catching 13 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats' nail-biting 40-35 loss, Tyler Lockett finished his career as the most decorated wide receiver in K-State history. He finished No. 1 in receptions (249), receiving yards (3,710) and touchdowns (29), while he also held the record for most 100-yard receiving games (17) and became only the second player in school history to catch 100-plus receptions in a single season.
A four-year All-Big 12 and All-American player, Lockett's impact over the past four years as both a player and a person is one Wildcat fans won't forget.
"I think I went out the best way you could go out," responded a teary-eyed Lockett when asked his thoughts of his career. "I've been through it all. I've dropped wide-open passes, caught a lot of hard passes, some crazy passes. I've seen myself grow, develop and mature not only on the field but also off the field. I just tried to be somebody that can set an example, show how to live a godly life, play football, have fun and be good at the same time."
But Lockett wasn't the only K-State wide receiver making history. 
Senior Curry Sexton caught 10 passes for 104 yards in last night's game, putting him past the 1,000-yard mark on the season with 1,059. 
It marked the first time in K-State history where two players topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season. It was also the first time in Alamo Bowl history two receivers from one team caught 10 or more passes for 100 or more yards.  
"It's something that's very special," said Sexton after the game. "Obviously, Kansas State Football has been around for a long time. There's been a lot of really, really good receivers come through here, so to be in a category of our own with him, that's really special to me."
Of course, a large part of Lockett and Sexton's successful seasons comes from Wildcat quarterback Jake Waters. Finishing this year passing for 3,501 yards, Waters broke former Wildcat quarterback Josh Freeman's record for most passing yards in a single season. 
In his two-year career, Waters completed 421 passes for 5,970 yards and 40 touchdowns, while he ran for 796 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also finished first in school history in both season and career completion percentage at 66.0-percent and 64.1-percent, respectively. 
Finally, senior center B.J. Finney recorded his 52nd career start last night - the most by any player since Snyder took over as the Wildcats' coach in 1989 - as he has started every game since his redshirt freshman season of 2010. 
A former walk-on from Andale, Kansas, Finney also became the first offensive lineman to be voted as team captain three consecutive years.
After last night's game, as he stood in the tunnel just outside of the K-State locker room in the Alamodome, Finney was asked what he would miss the most about playing at K-State.
"The environment, the fans, the lifelong relationships you develop with these guys," he answered. "I've been very blessed, very humbled with my tenure here. It's second to none and I wouldn't trade it for the world."
In last night's Alamo Bowl, though the game ended in a loss, this year's senior squad didn't go out without a fight. Scoring 29 second-half points, the Wildcats came back from a 31-6 deficit to nearly win the game. 
And this year's squad credits that second-half momentum to its consistently passionate fans.
"Our fans, we fed off of them," said Sexton. "They're very similar to us: they never give up and they never stop believing in us. The way we played in the first half, I honestly expected half of our fans to be gone just because of how pitiful we played. But they were all still in their seats and loud as can be.
"That just really makes you feel like all this is worth it. To play for those people, this university and everything that goes a long with it, you can't put that into words."
For a complete recap, stats, video and more on last night's game, please click here.
The Kansas State Marching Band plays the Wabash Cannonball before the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on January 2, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
 
  

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