Two Cats Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State quarterback Grant Gregory and safety Emmanuel Lamur have been named the Big 12 Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for their performances against Iowa State, the league office has announced.

The honors mark the eighth time in school history that two players have earned Big 12 weekly accolades in the same week, with the last time being in 2007 when Josh Freeman and Jordy Nelson were honored following the Texas game. It also marked the second straight week that a Wildcat was honored by the league office as Brandon Banks earned special teams recognition last week.

Gregory, a sixth-year senior, threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in his first collegiate start, completing 16-of-23 passes for 206 yards, against Iowa State. The would-be winning touchdown pass in the game came with 5:36 remaining as Gregory rolled out to avoid the rush before hitting Banks on a 54-yard strike.

Gregory also gained 40 yards on the ground, but netted 29 due to a sack, and ran for a two-yard score on the game's first possession. His first touchdown pass as a Wildcat came on a 16-yard strike to Lamark Brown, also in the fourth quarter, to tie the game at 17.

Lamur, a sophomore, blocked the potential tying extra-point with 32 seconds remaining to preserve the 24-23 win over Iowa State. After K-State took a 24-17 lead with 5:36 left, Iowa State drew to within 24-23 with a touchdown at the :32 mark of the contest. But, Lamur, a 6-4 defender who also collected seven tackles in the game, leaped and blocked the extra point, his Big 12-leading second blocked kick of the season, to seal the win. 

The dramatic ending marked the second straight week that K-State's special teams units played a pivotal role in the outcome of the game after the Wildcats returned two kickoffs for scores the previous week against Tennessee Tech.

Kansas State returns to action this Saturday as it travels to Texas Tech for a 6 p.m. Big 12 Conference matchup. The game will be televised live by FSN Kansas City, Midwest (except in St. Louis) and Southwest.