For the first time all season, Kansas State trailed by a touchdown before its offense touched the football.
Few had picked Oklahoma State to beat, or even seriously challenge the Wildcats on Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium, but after the Cowboys opened the game with an effortless scoring drive, anything seemed possible. Hope began to build on the visitor’s sideline. Doubt crept through the crowd.
Then Morgan Burns hit the reset button.
In a game K-State went on to easily win 48-14 it is rare to label a single play as decisive, but Burns’ 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown less than four minutes into the first quarter was of the utmost importance. He sprinted left, cut right behind a Curry Sexton block and tied the score by outrunning everyone to the end zone. The junior cornerback not only stopped Oklahoma State from gaining the confidence every underdog team requires, he swung momentum firmly in K-State’s favor.