Before Jake Waters began the journey home following a victory at Oklahoma last week, he winced in pain as he spoke with family and friends outside Memorial Stadium.
Normally, it would have been a euphoric time for the senior Kansas State quarterback. On this occasion, he was too sore to fully enjoy his final moments before stepping on a bus and then a chartered flight.
Such was the toll his body endured fighting through an injured left shoulder to close out a game that sent the No. 11 Wildcats (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) to the top of the conference standings. Waters took an awkward hit on the end of a 53-yard run in the third quarter and required treatment in the locker room to remain on the field, but he didn’t miss a single offensive series, finishing with 276 total yards and three touchdowns.
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