GLENDALE, Ariz. — Yes, a one-point safety exists.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
Proof was found after Kansas State defensive lineman Javonta Boyd blocked an extra-point attempt by Oregon with 8 minutes, 3 seconds to play in the third quarter. The Wildcats Ryan Mueller recovered the ball in front of the goal line, then tried to return it. He ran back into the end zone and pitched a lateral to Allen Chapman, who was tackled in the end zone.
Referees discussed the play and ruled it a conversion safety and awarded the Ducks one point.
Referee Ron Cherry, from the Big East Conference, began his explanation with, We have an unusual ruling on the field.
The point gave Oregon a 32-10 lead.
Two of the stars of the hit TV comedy Modern Family were honorary captains for the Fiesta Bowl. Eric Stonestreet (Kansas State) and Ty Burrell (Oregon) did interviews with ESPNs Holly Rowe on the field about an hour-and-a-half before the game, with Stonestreet decked out in K-State gear and Burrell representing the Ducks.
Stonestreet is a K-State graduate from Kansas City, Kan. Burrell is from Grants Pass, Ore., and attended Oregon before graduating from Southern Oregon University.
Just pay us what you can, OK? Burrell joked with Fiesta Bowl officials. Whatever you can round up would be great.
Oregon benefited from two questionable no-calls in the first half on late hits. Both involved K-State senior quarterback Collin Klein.
First, Klein was tackled well out of bounds after a running play, but no penalty was called. Then Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso hit Klein helmet to helmet while he was trying to fight for yards amid a mob of players near the Oregon goal line. Afterward, Alonso also hit Klein with his forearm. Again, no penalty was called.
Kansas State honored the victims of Decembers shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., with stickers on the back of their helmets during the Fiesta Bowl.
The stickers had a black ribbon next to the Newtown seal a rooster weather vane with the words Town of above and Newtown below, and the year the town was incorporated, 1705, next to the rooster.
On Dec. 14, 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook, including 20 children.
Cody Whitehair took over for Tavon Rooks at right tackle after Rooks suffered an injury in the first half. Oregons DeAnthony Thomas was the first player in Fiesta Bowl history to take the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, going 94 yards for a score. K-State fell to 1-2 in Fiesta Bowls, beating Syracuse 35-18 on Dec. 31, 1997, and losing to Ohio State 35-28 on Jan. 2, 2004.
The Wichita Eagles Bob Lutz and Tony Adame contributed to this report