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1998 Kansas State Wildcats football team

The 1998 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was Bill Snyder. The Wildcats played their home games in KSU Stadium. 1998 saw the Wildcats finish with a record of 11–2, and an 8–0 record in Big 12 Conference play.

1998 Kansas State Wildcats football
Big 12 North champion
Alamo Bowl, L 34–37 vs. Purdue
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 10
1998 record11–2 (8–0 Big 12)
Head coachBill Snyder (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorRon Hudson (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorMike Stoops (3rd season)
Home stadiumKSU Stadium
(Capacity: 43,000)
Seasons
← 1997
1999 →
1998 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 10 Kansas State x   8 0         11 2  
No. 19 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
No. 21 Missouri   5 3         8 4  
Colorado   4 4         8 4  
Kansas   1 7         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         3 8  
Southern Division
No. 11 Texas A&M x$   7 1         11 3  
No. 15 Texas   6 2         9 3  
Texas Tech   4 4         7 5  
Oklahoma State   3 5         5 6  
Oklahoma   3 5         5 6  
Baylor   1 7         2 9  
Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33 
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated (11–0) and were ranked second in the nation ahead of their match-up with tenth-ranked Texas A&M in the 1998 Big 12 Championship Game. Kansas State lost in overtime, losing their chance at a national championship.[1]

After the Big 12 Championship Game, Kansas State did not receive a spot in the inaugural Bowl Championship Series despite being ranked in its top four as well as the highest ranked non-champion from any conference. They also were not invited to the Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, as the conference runner-up typically would be, or the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, which at the time was contracted to invite the third place team in the conference; those bowls chose Texas and Nebraska instead. Instead, Kansas State was invited to the Alamo Bowl,[2] where it lost to the unranked Purdue Boilermakers, who drove 80 yards for a touchdown in the final minute to defeat Kansas State 37–34.[3]

Following the end of the season, a new rule was created. Nicknamed the "Kansas State Rule", the #3 ranked team would always have an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game.

The Wildcats finished the season as the top scoring team in NCAA Division I-A (at 48 points per game), and set a school record for points scored with 610.[4]

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:10 PMIndiana State*No. 6W 66–041,728
September 1211:30 AMNorthern Illinois*No. 5
  • KSU Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
FSNW 73–741,967
September 192:30 PMTexasNo. 5
  • KSU Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
ABCW 48–743,714
September 261:10 PMNE Louisiana*No. 5
  • KSU Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
W 62–742,029
October 106:00 PMat No. 14 ColoradoNo. 5FSNW 16–951,581
October 172:30 PMOklahoma StateNo. 4
  • KSU Stadium
  • Manhattan, KS
ABCW 52–2043,694
October 241:10 PMIowa State No. 4
W 52–743,203
October 3111:30 AMat KansasNo. 4FSNW 54–643,000
November 71:00 PMat BaylorNo. 4W 49–638,217
November 142:30 PMNo. 11 NebraskaNo. 2
ABCW 40–3044,298
November 212:30 PMat No. 19 MissouriNo. 2ABCW 31–2568,174
December 52:30 PMvs. No. 10 Texas A&MNo. 2ABCL 33–36 2OT60,798
December 297:00 PMvs. Purdue*No. 4ESPNL 34–3760,780
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

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RosterEdit

1998 Kansas State Wildcats football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 32 David Allen So
QB 7 Michael Bishop Sr
WR 22 Aaron Lockett Fr
WR 80 Darnell McDonald Sr
TE 86 Justin Swift Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 44 Monty Beisel So
CB 23 Jerametrius Butler So
DB 1 Lamar Chapman Jr
S 40 Jarrod Cooper So
DL 49 Darren Howard Jr
LB 8 Jeff Kelly Jr
LB 52 Ben Leber Fr
LB 50 Travis Ochs Sr
LB 42 Mark Simoneau Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Martín Gramática Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

Indiana StateEdit

Northern IllinoisEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–2 1997 W 47–7

TexasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1942 L 0–64

Northeast LouisianaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ColoradoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–39–1 1997 W 37–20

Oklahoma StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
18–32 1995 W 23–17

Iowa StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
31–46–4 1997 W 28–3

KansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
29–61–5 1997 W 48–16

BaylorEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1969 W 45–15

NebraskaEdit

#11 Nebraska at #2 Kansas State
1 234Total
Cornhuskers 7 1076 30
Wildcats 7 71016 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–70–2 1997 L 26–56

Michael Bishop threw for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns, and ran for 140 yards and two more scores as the Wildcats finally broke through against the Huskers.[6]

MissouriEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
23–55–5 1997 W 41–11

Texas A&M (Big 12 Championship)Edit

#2 Kansas State vs. #10 Texas A&M
1 234OT2OTTotal
Wildcats 10 710033 33
Aggies 0 661536 36
        
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–3 1997 W 36–17

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Purdue (Alamo Bowl)Edit

#4 Kansas State vs. #24 Purdue
1 234Total
Wildcats 0 7621 34
Boilermakers 0 171010 37
         
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 1932 L 13–29

Kansas State had 125 yards in penalties, 7 turnovers, and allowed the Boilermakers to drive 80 yards in only 54 seconds for the game-winning touchdown.[8]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 6 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2) 5 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (2) 4 (3) 2 (19) 2 (29) 2 (24) 2 (24) 4 10 
Coaches 6 (1) 5 (1) 4 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1) 4 (1) 3 (2) 3 (3) 3 (5) 2 (5) 1 (30) 1 (36½) 1 (31½) 1 (30½) 4 9 
BCS Not released 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 Not released

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Postseason AwardsEdit

Players in the 1999 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club Ref
Martín Gramática K 3 80 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [10]
Jeff Kelly LB 6 198 Atlanta Falcons [10]
Ryan Young OT 7 223 New York Jets [10]
Michael Bishop QB 7 227 New England Patriots [10]
Justin Swift TE 7 238 Denver Broncos [10]
Darnell McDonald WR 7 240 Tampa Bay Buccaneers [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barr, Josh (December 7, 1998). "Vols, Seminoles Head to Fiesta Bowl, Wildcats to Frustration". The Washington Post. p. D01.
  2. ^ King, David (December 29, 1998). "K-State Out to Prove It Belongs -- Elsewhere: A National Title May Be Out of Reach, But Not Out of Mind at the Alamo Bowl". The Washington Post. p. D07.
  3. ^ King, David (December 30, 1998). "Alamo Bowl: Wildcats Are Upset By Purdue: Purdue 37, Kansas State 34". The Washington Post. p. C08.
  4. ^ Points scored fact Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "Kansas State University coaching records by game (1998)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Unbeaten Kansas St. Finally Has Nebraska's Number". New York Times. November 15, 1998. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Perfection Eludes Kansas St. and U.C.L.A." New York Times. December 6, 1998. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Purdue Pulls Off Surprise At Alamo". New York Times. December 30, 1998. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Kansas State 1998 AP Football Rankings". collegepollarchive.com. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "1999 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com.