1998 Builders Square Alamo Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State University 0 7 6 21 34
Purdue University 0 17 10 10 37
Date December 29, 1998
Season 1998
Stadium Alamodome
Location San Antonio, Texas
MVP Drew Brees and Rosevelt Colvin
Attendance 60,780
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Ron Franklin
Alamo Bowl
 < 1997  1999

The 1998 Alamo Bowl featured the Kansas State Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Wildcats came into the game fresh off a double overtime loss in the Big 12 Championship Game to the Texas A&M Aggies, which ruined their chance at a national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. With an experienced quarterback, Michael Bishop, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and one of the best offenses and defenses in the country, the Wildcats were generally expected to have an easy bowl victory.

The Wildcats finished with a #3 ranking in the BCS and thought they deserved to play in one of the BCS Bowl games. Kansas State was unable to overcome the unranked Purdue Boilermakers, who drove 80 yards for a touchdown in the final minute to shock Kansas State 37-34.

After this season, the "Kansas State Rule" was created, making the #3 spot an automatic bid. Kansas State would finish ranked #6 in the BCS the following season, only to be left out of the BCS once again.

The win was selected as the second best win for Purdue during the Joe Tiller Era by Purdue blog Off the Tracks.[1]

Scoring summaryEdit

Second Quarter
PU- Daniels 5 pass from Brees (Dorsch kick)
PU- FG Dorsch 25
KSU- Mcdonald 1 pass from Bishop (Gramatica kick)
PU- Jones 30 pass from Brees (Dorsch kick)

Third Quarter
KSU- Havick recovered fumble in end zone (kick failed)
PU- Nugent recovered fumble in end zone (Dorsch kick)
PU- FG Dorsch 26

Fourth Quarter
KSU- Allen 3 run (Gramatica kick)
PU- FG Dorsch 37
KSU- Mcdonald 88 pass from Bishop (Gramatica kick)
KSU- Swift 2 pass from Bishop (Gramatica kick)
PU- Jones 24 pass from Brees (Dorsch kick)


Rushing KSU- Allen 13-83, Hickson 7-35, Bishop 20-7 PU- Crabtree 12-46, Brees 10-25

Passing KSU- Bishop 9-24—182 PU- Brees 25-53—230

Receiving KSU- Mcdonald 5-124, Peries 1-52 PU- Jones 11-98, Daniels 6-47, Sutherland 3-53, Lane 3-25[2]


1. Best wins of the Tiller Era #2 (Archived 2009-07-23)

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