Curry Sexton did the only thing he could think of on Saturday.
He just took off running.
The Kansas State receiver caught a 27-yard pass from quarterback Collin Klein in the Wildcats’ 52-13 win over Miami on Saturday and raced to the end zone for the score — the first of his young career.
“They played the perfect coverage for that call,” Sexton said of his TD catch. “Collin saw that it was going to work because he saw the corner drop off… I don’t think I could have been more open and Collin could not have thrown a better ball. It was a good situation and we executed it well.”
The pitch and catch down the right sidelines was executed so well and happened so fast that Sexton doesn’t even remember exactly what he was feeling as he sprinted to the end zone for his first TD as a Wildcat.
“I don’t know what was going through my head,” he said. “I didn’t even know what I was doing. You never think about what you’re going to do.
“I was actually talking just before that — Deante Burton was like ‘what would you do if you ever scored?’ I said ‘I don’t know.’
The former Abilene Cowboy caught four passes for 43 yards as a freshman a year ago and already has two receptions for 47 yards through two games this season for the 15th-ranked Wildcats.
“What was pleasing to me is not the touchdown, just the fact that he’s a great young man that works diligently,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said of Sexton. “If touchdowns are significant, then he deserves it.”
It’s certainly a touchdown the 5-foot-11, 186-pound Sexton won’t soon forget.
“It was a dream come true,” he said. “I know I’ve said that a thousand times, but it was something I’ve dreamed about since I was little kid. It was pretty surreal.”
But Sexton’s TD was just one of many for the Wildcats against the Hurricanes, as K-State scored 50-plus points in each of the first two games. Something K-State has never done is score at least 50 points in each of its first three games.
“The coaches had such a good gameplan,” Sexton said. “They told us to go out and execute and that we were going to do good things. That was the main thing. We did what we had practiced all week. Things were clicking and we were getting good yardage on first down… When we did get in third-and-long, we made some plays.”
K-State (2-0) scored 14 points in the first quarter and led 24-6 at halftime. Getting off to that quick start was key, especially after the Wildcats scored just nine points in the first half against Missouri State in the season opener.
“We wanted start early,” Sexton said. “Coach Snyder said something to us about that in the locker room after the game. We won the first quarter and we won the third quarter and that was big. If you get ahead of teams like that when they come into an environment like this, it’s hard for them to come back from that.”