The Kansas St. Wildcats pulled off yet another amazing drive in a game chock full of them, driving 42 yards in five plays in under a minute and a half to potentially tie the game up. Wildcats WR Adrian Hilburn caught a pass from QB Carson Coffman and raced 30 yards up the right sideline, dropping the ball and saluting to the crowd from the end zone.
Referees flagged him for excessive celebration for the salute, which may be as unpatriotic as it is unchill. The penalty was assessed on the extra point try. Since Kansas State needed two to tie, this meant forcing them into a virtual fourth-and-goal from 18 yards out. Coffman’s pass was just a bit too high, essentially ending the game after a failed onside kick.
This was a wild, back-and-forth game full of big plays, star performances, gadgedtry, and bold coaching moves. (And terrible playing conditions.) To see it come down to a celebration penalty, especially on such a harmless celebration, is very disappointing.