Eric Gallon II injured

Kansas State linebacker Eric Gallon II (1) lays on the field near the Oklahoma sideline after he forced a fumble on a kickoff. Gallon eventually was lifted onto a stretcher and taken off the field in the back of a cart.

Hearing the question, Landry Weber's eyes lit up as a smile crept across his face. 

What was your favorite play from the win over Oklahoma?

It took Weber no time to respond.

"For me, it would probably have to be the kickoff return where we got the fumble," said Weber, a third-year sophomore wide receiver who also plays on special teams. "We (huddled) up before the kickoff and said, 'Hey, let's go make a play, let's go get a turnover. Let's make this play the play.' We said it, and we did it. That was pretty cool."

Yet as much joy as Weber took out of the forced fumble  a play he called "absolute huge" on multiple occasions — it didn't come without pain. For one Wildcat specifically, it was "pain" in a literal sense.

Linebacker Eric Gallon knocked the ball away from Oklahoma running back T.J. Pledger. But nearly the second forcing the turnover, he collided with Weber. Gallon remained on the field for an extended time before he was put onto a stretcher and loaded into the back of a cart.

On Monday, K-State head coach Chris Klieman revealed that Gallon had suffered a "severe knee injury," one serious enough to end his season. As a fifth-year senior, however, it signified more than that: it means Gallon's college career is over.

As it unfolded live, Weber said he had "no idea" how gruesome the injury turned out to be. For him, it felt like another routine collision in a sport full of them.

"When I saw it, I apologized to (Gallon)," Weber said "He was like, 'Dude, no. You were trying to make a play on it.' It was just a freak accident."

 That Gallon's career has come to a close after playing arguably his best game as a Wildcat, Weber said, is "a bummer" for everyone around the football program. Gallon always has carried himself with an upbeat attitude. 

That hasn't changed.

"(I) saw him on Monday in the training room. He's in really good spirits, so at least that makes you feel better and that's really good to see," Weber said. "He was just really happy for us as a team. He was happy everyone was trying to make a play on that (kickoff). He's in good spirits, so that makes me feel better about the situation."

Despite being well-aware of Gallon's tendency to view everything through an optimistic lens, even Weber was taken aback that his teammate has avoided letting negative thoughts seep in.

"That's how Eric always is. Eric always is an upbeat guy," Weber said. "I was a little surprised to see him that upbeat, though. But that's just him. He's here for the team. He very easily could be bummed out because his college career is over, but he's in really good spirits."

Weber then smiled again.

Gallon went out on a high note.

"You could feel the wind go out of their sails," said Weber, referring to a then-top-five Sooners squad that boasted the nation's best offense, too. "They thought they were going to get the ball back, and then we end up getting more points. It was awesome for Eric that he was the one who made the play."

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