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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
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#10 Kansas State x   8 0         11 2  
#19 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
#21 Missouri   5 3         8 4  
Colorado   4 4         8 4  
Kansas   1 7         4 7  
Iowa State   1 7         3 8  
South
#11 Texas A&M x   7 1         11 3  
#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 (2OT)
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

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.

The Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated (11-0) and were ranked second in the nation ahead of their matchup with tenth-ranked Texas A&M in the 1998 Big 12 Championship Game in St. Louis. Kansas State would go on to lose the game 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]

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5* 6:10 PM Indiana State #6 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 66–0   41,728
September 12* 11:30 AM Northern Illinois #5 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas FSN W 73–7   41,967
September 19 2:30 PM Texas #5 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas ABC W 48–7   43,714
September 26* 1:10 PM NE Louisiana #5 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 62–7   42,029
October 10 6:00 PM at #14 Colorado #5 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado FSN W 16–9   51,581
October 17 2:30 PM Oklahoma State #4 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas ABC W 52–20   43,694
October 24† 1:10 PM Iowa State #4 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 52–7   43,203
October 31 11:30 AM at Kansas #4 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas (Sunflower Showdown) FSN W 54–6   43,000
November 7 1:00 PM at Baylor #4 Floyd Casey StadiumWaco, Texas W 49–6   38,217
November 14 2:30 PM #11 Nebraska #2 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas ABC W 40–30   44,298
November 21 2:30 PM at #19 Missouri #2 Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri ABC W 31–25   68,174
December 5 2:30 PM vs. #10 Texas A&M #2 Trans World DomeSt. Louis, Missouri (Big 12 Championship) ABC L 33–36 2OT  60,798
December 29* 7:00 PM vs. Purdue #4 AlamodomeSan Antonio, Texas (Alamo Bowl) ESPN L 34–37   60,780
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Table references[5]

RosterEdit

  • QB Michael Bishop
  • WR Darnell McDonald

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

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

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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

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BCS Not released 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

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[6]

Postseason AwardsEdit

Players in the 1999 NFL DraftEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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