Wildcat First Down: One Win, Three Quotes Derek Larson October 6, 2014 Features, Wildcat First Down “I guess it is better to be lucky than good. I do not know. I just stuck my hand out and it stuck. I did not expect to catch it. I will tell you that much.” – Curry Sexton, K-State Wide Receiver If Curry Sexton is struggling to think of a Halloween costume, Spiderman seems like a natural fit. After all, the senior receiver looked like some sort of web-slinger on a three-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. Sexton, fighting off the sort of contact that is a federal offense in some states, rose up, snagged the Jake Waters pass with one hand and pulled it in safely while falling to the ground, all while the Texas Tech defender insisted on giving him a chest bump. The catch was incredible, and is something that will last in the minds of Wildcat fans everywhere. More valuable, though, is Sexton’s continued emergence as a viable receiving option opposite Tyler Lockett. Sexton, who did not play receiver in high school, came into the program and earned playing time as a true freshman, though mostly on special teams. Entering 2014, his season best for receptions was 39 and he’d scored just one career touchdown. Against the Red Raiders alone, Sexton snagged nine receptions for 128 yards and two scores. Pair that with Lockett’s 12 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns and you have a very happy quarterback and a coach telling his players to watch Sexton’s catch on SportsCenter tonight. Yes, Sexton even got Snyder to acknowledge the existence of sports media. The Abilene, Kan. native turned down an appointment to Harvard to play football for Bill Snyder. In the eyes of Wildcat Nation, it’s the smartest thing he’s ever done. — “They are a solid defense. I thought we could throw the ball a little bit better than we did, but I felt when the score was what it was by the second half, we just took ourselves out of the game. We just struggled.” – Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Head Coach Thirteen points allowed. Forty-six rushing yards allowed. Four interceptions. The Wildcat defense was solid on Saturday. Combine it with an offense that controlled the football for over 2/3 of the ballgame, and you have a force. A major force. While the rushing defense has been strong all season long, Saturday’s game saw a strong effort against the pass, as well. The Wildcats allowed the Red Raiders to complete barely 50-percent of their passes forcing four interceptions along the way. Returning from injury, cornerback Morgan Burns grabbed a pair of interceptions, while safety Travis Green snatched two more. With every team in the conference looking beatable, thanks to TCU taking down Oklahoma, the defensive backs will play a huge role in determining whether the Wildcats are competing for the conference championship as the season moves forward. — “Jake (Waters) is connected with everybody, it just is not Tyler (Lockett). If Tyler is uncovered that is who we will throw to, and if he is covered then we better be throwing to someone else. It is the nature of the offense like I have said so many times is about balance and who you get the ball to. If we are not getting it to the open receivers, then we better find another quarterback. Jake has been pretty decent about finding the right guys. – Bill Snyder, You don’t need his title Jake Waters threw an incomplete pass on Saturday and I thought to myself, “C’mon, Jake, you need to pick it up.” I mention this not because the senior quarterback actually needs to pick up his play, but because it’s a sign of how high he’s raising expectations. Against Texas Tech, Waters tied a school record with four passing scores and added a rushing touchdown because… well, he didn’t want his arm to get tired, I assume. Waters passed for 290 yards and added another 105 on the ground, again showing that the Wildcats don’t necessarily need a two-quarterback system to have a dual-threat backfield. The Wildcats get a week off before heading to Oklahoma to compete in a game that could have major Big 12 Championship implications. They’ll need Waters, the defense, and offensive weapons across the field to be ready to compete against the Sooners. And some spidey skills from Curry Sexton wouldn’t hurt, either.