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Quarterback Jake Waters plays through the pain in K-State’s win over Oklahoma

K-State quarterback Jake Waters (15) breaks free for a huge run against Oklahoma Saturday early in the 2nd half setting up a touchdown shortly after. (October 18, 2014)
K-State quarterback Jake Waters (15) breaks free for a huge run against Oklahoma Saturday early in the 2nd half setting up a touchdown shortly after. (October 18, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Senior quarterback Jake Waters was in noticeable pain after an awkward tackle at the end of a 53-yard run in the third quarter, but he downplayed the injury when the game was over.

“I’m good,” Waters said. “I feel fine.”

Coach Bill Snyder was he was proud of the way Waters, who threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 51 yards and a score, finished the game.

Snyder said he asked Waters if he wanted to avoid certain plays, because of his injury. But Waters insisted he could run the entire playbook.

“When I asked Jake, ‘How are you? Can you do this?’ He said, ‘I can do it, coach’” Snyder said. “I said, ‘Anything we want to be restrictive of?’ He said, ‘I can do it all. Tell me what you want. If you want me to run it, I’ll run it. If you want me to throw it, I’ll throw it.’ ”

▪ Defensive tackle Travis Britz, who blocked a Sooners’ extra point, had blocked four before Saturday.

“He doesn’t just line up and run over somebody,” Snyder said. “Travis takes an immense amount of pride in that. You take a guy who goes 70 snaps on defense and try to get him heavily invested in the kicking game, he goes through the motions sometimes. He doesn’t do that. He makes it a priority, it is important to him.”

▪ K-State honored David Garrett in two ways Saturday. Senior defensive back Randall Evans wore No. 27 on his jersey, Garrett’s old number, instead of his normal No. 15. And the entire K-State team wore Garrett’s initials on their helmets.

Garrett, a starting defensive back at K-State from 2009 to 2011, was shot and killed outside a Cleveland night club last weekend.

He remained close with several current K-State players, particularly Evans.

Bill Snyder said the Wildcats were saddened by news of Garrett’s death, and they were eager to honor him on the field.

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