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King Bill Snyder's Accolades

King Snyder accepts the Holiday Bowl trophy

King Snyder accepts the 1999 Holiday Trophy Bowl trophy.

 

Congrats go out to the Kansas State Wildcats on a terrific season!  Yes, we all wished for the national title, but it has been a wonderful ride.   It seems hard to believe that barely more than 10 years ago, the King and I both had our first year on the KSU campus, and the Cats went 1-11.  Every year under the king, there has been step by step growth as follows:

1989: first win in 30 games (North Texas State), 1-11

1990: first win against a conference opponent (Oklahoma State), 5-6

1991: first winning season since 1981, 7-4 (and beat the KU Chickenhawks for the first time in 6 years).

1992: first undefeated home season, 5-6

1993: first 9 win season since the early part of the century, second bowl in school history.  9-2-1

1994: first top 10 ranking

1995: first 10 win season since the early part of the century, first top 10 finish, 10-2

1996: first Jan 1st bowl ever (Cotton), 9-3

1997: first Alliance bowl, first 11 win season, 11-1

1998: Defeated Nebraska, went undefeated in regular-season conference play, first #1 ranking. 11-2.

1999: In what the so called "experts" called a rebuilding year, the Cats went 11-1, and finished with their highest final ranking ever, #6.

2000: Defeated the highest ranked opponent ever (Nebraska, #4).  Won the Big 12 North.  Won 11 games, becoming only the second team in history to win 11 games for 4 straight seasons.  Won back-to-back bowl games for the first time and now have a career winning record in bowls (5-4).  11-3, #8.

Check out the Powercat Cloud over Nebraska

Check out the cloud over Nebraska!  Watch out Huskers -- the Cats are takin' you down!  (This photo is a real satellite image)


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