|1998 Builders Square Alamo Bowl|
|Date||December 29, 1998|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|MVP||Drew Brees and Rosevelt Colvin|
|United States TV coverage|
| Alamo Bowl
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.
KSU- Havick recovered fumble in end zone (kick failed)
PU- Nugent recovered fumble in end zone (Dorsch kick)
PU- FG Dorsch 26
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
1. Best wins of the Tiller Era #2 http://www.offthetracks.org/2008/05/best-wins-of-tiller-era-2-kansas-state.html (Archived 2009-07-23)