Perhaps the lone positive for Kansas State on Saturday was the record-setting play of senior receiver Tyler Lockett.
Lockett caught 11 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. A good night to be sure, but what made it special was that it shot him to the top of K-State’s record book. He is now leads the program in receiving yards with 3,073, passing his father, Kevin.
“I thank God for putting me in this position and giving me the opportunity to even be up there as one of the great K-State receivers,” Lockett said. “I never thought I would be in a position to even get close to my dad’s record, and now look at it, I surpassed it.”
Lockett said he expected his father to congratulate him for the achievement.
“My dad says if anyone is going to break it he wants his son to break it,” Lockett said.
Lockett couldn’t truly celebrate the record, though, because K-State lost.
“It would have been a lot better had we won the game,” Lockett said. “I am all about team.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson found an added bonus in beating K-State. It was the first time he has defeated his alma mater. The Wildcats were the only team in the Big 12 he had failed to beat.
“I finally got my alumni on the third try,” Patterson said. “They're a good football team, I can promise that. Kansas State is a very good football team."
Bowl representatives turned out in big numbers to watch Saturday’s game between K-State and TCU.
Officials from the Alamo Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl, Russell Athletics Bowl and Texas Bowl were all in attendance.
Other special guests included a scout with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet, a K-State grad.
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