Kansas State Football: Top 5 games under Bill Snyder

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1 Jan 1997: Wide receiver Kevin Lockett of the Kansas State Wildcats asks for time out during the 1997 Cotton Bowl against the Brigham Young Cougars in Dallas, Texas. Brigham Young won 19-15. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport

Kansas State Football’s first bowl win

It took five years for Bill Snyder to get the Wildcats back to a bowl game. In 1993 they drew Wyoming, who went 8-3 on the season compared to the 8-2-1 record the Wildcats had.

The Copper Bowl in Tuscon, Arizona was the destination. The Wildcats hadn’t had a year like 1993 since 1910. This was the second bowl game in Wildcat history.

Chad May was the quarterback and he had a pair of elite receivers to toss the ball to. Current offensive coordinator Andre Coleman and Kevin Lockett turned heads as they helped Chad May and company win the first bowl game in school history.

Wyoming jumped to a 3-0 lead before the Wildcats offense took over. The Wildcats scored on three straight possessions and led the game 24-10 at the half, including a 68-yard punt return by Coleman before the half.

Coleman added a 61-yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter, and Lockett added a 30-yard score a few minutes later.

The final score was 52-17 in a beatdown that made history. Bill Snyder had Manhattan, Kansas under his spell after this game.

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