|1982 Kansas State Wildcats football|
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|1982 record||6–5–1 (3–3–1 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Jim Dickey (5th season)|
|Home stadium||KSU Stadium|
|1982 Big 8 football standings|
|#3 Nebraska †||7||–||0||–||0||12||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1982 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head football coach was Jim Dickey. The Wildcats played their home games in KSU Stadium.
The Wildcats finished the 1982 season with a record of 6–5–1, and a 3–3–1 record in Big Eight Conference play. It was the program's first winning season since 1970. During the season Kansas State played its first night game in KSU Stadium, a 36–7 win over Kansas. Temporary lights were erected for the game by TBS, which televised the contest. A then-record crowd of 43,167 attended the game.
Following the season, Kansas State was invited to its first ever bowl game, the 1982 Independence Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers beat the Wildcats, 14–3. The 1982 Independence Bowl was the first college football game televised live by ESPN. After the season Dickey was named coach of the year by the Big Eight Conference.
|September 11*||Kentucky||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||W 23-9||29,400|
|September 18*||South Dakota||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||W 42-3||31,100|
|September 25*||Wichita State||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||W 31-7||40,100|
|October 2*||at #13 Arizona State||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, Arizona||L 30-7||61,824|
|October 9†||Missouri||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||T 7-7||30,450|
|October 16||at #6 Nebraska||Memorial Stadium • Lincoln, Nebraska||L 42-13||76,268|
|October 23||Kansas||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas (Sunflower Showdown)||WTBS||W 36-7||43,167|
|October 30||at Iowa State||Cyclone Stadium • Ames, Iowa||W 9-3||52,078|
|November 6||at #14 Oklahoma||Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma||ABC||L 24-10||76,129|
|November 13||Oklahoma State||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||L 24-16||30,400|
|November 20||Colorado||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas||W 33-10||24,300|
|December 11||vs. Wisconsin||Independence Stadium • Shreveport, Louisiana (Independence Bowl)||ESPN||L 14-3||24,684|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.|
- ↑ DeLassus, David. "Kansas State University coaching records by game (1982)". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_game_by_game.php?coachid=582&year=1982. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
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