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2003 Kansas State Wildcats football
Big 12 champion
Big 12 North champion
Fiesta Bowl, L 28–35 vs. Ohio State
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
DivisionNorth
Ranking
CoachesNo. 13
APNo. 14
2003 record11–4 (6–2 Big 12)
Head coachBill Snyder (15th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDel Miller (7th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorGreg Peterson (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBret Bielema (2nd season)
Co-defensive coordinatorBob Elliott (2nd season)
Home stadiumKSU Stadium
(Capacity: 50,300)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 Big 12 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North
#14 Kansas State   6 2         11 4  
#19 Nebraska   5 3         10 3  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Kansas   3 5         6 7  
Colorado   3 5         5 7  
Iowa State   0 8         2 10  
South
#3 Oklahoma   8 0         12 2  
#12 Texas   7 1         10 3  
Oklahoma State   5 3         9 4  
Texas Tech   4 4         8 5  
Texas A&M   2 6         4 8  
Baylor   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Kansas State 35, Oklahoma 7
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2003 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bill Snyder. The Wildcats played their home games in KSU Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–4, and a Big 12 Conference record of 6–2. They notched a stunning 35–7 victory over the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game. With their first conference championship since 1934, they earned a berth in one of the Bowl Championship Series bowl games, the 2004 Fiesta Bowl, where they were defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 35–28. The Wildcats played 15 games, most in school history.

During the 2002 and 2003 seasons teams were allowed to schedule 12 games as well as a kickoff game. As a result, Kansas State became only the second team in the modern era to play a 15-game schedule. The first was the 1996 BYU Cougars.

Running back Darren Sproles led the nation in rushing, and the Wildcats scored 549 points, good for third all-time at Kansas State.[1]

This remains the only season in college football history in which Kansas State, Kansas, and Missouri all played in a bowl game in the same season.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
Non-Conference Schedule
August 23* 6:45 PM vs. California #7 Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, Missouri (BCA Classic) ESPN W 42–28   50,823
August 30* 6:10 PM Troy State #7 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 41–5   41,812
September 6* 6:10 PM McNeese State #7 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 55–14   44,544
September 13* 1:10 PM Massachusetts #7 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 38–7   46,102
September 20* 11:40 AM Marshall #6 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas FSN L 20–27   46,700
Conference Schedule
October 4 2:30 PM at #13 Texas #16 Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, Texas ABC L 20–24   83,643
October 11 11:30 AM at Oklahoma State #22 Boone Pickens StadiumStillwater, Oklahoma FSN L 34–38   46,087
October 18 1:10 PM Colorado KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 49–20   51,536
October 25 1:10 PM Kansas KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas (Sunflower Showdown) W 42–6   51,614
November 1† 1:10 PM Baylor KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas W 38–10   44,885
November 8 1:00 PM at Iowa State Jack Trice StadiumAmes, Iowa (Rivalry) W 45–0   40,124
November 15 2:30 PM at #18 Nebraska Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska ABC W 38–9   78,014
November 22 6:10 PM Missouri #19 KSU Stadium • Manhattan, Kansas TBS W 24–14   49,685
Big 12 Championship
December 6 7:00 PM vs. #1 Oklahoma #13 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri (Big 12 Championship) ABC W 35–7   79,451
Bowl Game
January 2* 7:15 PM vs. #7 Ohio State #8 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) ABC L 28–35   73,425
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Table references[2]

RosterEdit

  • QB Ell Roberson
  • RB Darren Sproles

StatisticsEdit

Scores by quarterEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Kansas State 95 175 130 149 549
Opponents 74 81 38 51 244



TeamEdit

KSU Opp
Scoring 549 244
  Points per Game 36.6 16.3
First Downs 319 232
  Rushing 176 98
  Passing 127 121
  Penalty 16 13
Total Offense 6,615 4,246
  Avg per Play 6.2 4.3
  Avg per Game 441.0 283.1
Fumbles-Lost 22-13 13-9
Penalties-Yards 98-726 104-846
  Avg per Game 48.4 56.4
KSU Opp
Punts-Yards 71-2,859 112-4,113
  Avg per Punt 40.3 36.7
Time of Possession/Game 30:24 29:36
3rd Down Conversions 82/205 63/229
4th Down Conversions 10/20 8/20
Touchdowns Scored 73 31
Field Goals-Attempts 12-17 8-18
PAT-Attempts 67-68 28-29
Attendance 376,878 247,868
  Games/Avg per Game 8/47,110 4/61,967

OffenseEdit

RushingEdit

Name GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Darren Sproles 15 306 2,067 81 1,986 6.5 16 73 132.4
Ell Roberson 13 227 1135 160 975 4.3 15 33 75.0
Total 15 688 3,817 388 3,429 5.0 42 73 228.6
Opponents 15 549 2,113 486 1,627 3.0 6 45 108.5

PassingEdit

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Lng Avg/G Pct.
Ell Roberson 13 143.19 294-152-12 2,545 24 63 195.8 51.7
Jeff Schwin 6 119.99 68-37-3 563 1 41 93.8 54.4
Total 15 137.50 371-194-17 3,186 25 63 212.4 52.3
Opponents 15 104.41 447-224-20 2,619 19 65 174.6 50.1

ReceivingEdit

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
James Terry 15 64 1,232 19.2 13 63 82.1
Antoine Polite 13 29 409 14.1 1 36 31.5
Total 15 194 3,186 16.4 25 63 212.4
Opponents 15 224 2,619 11.7 19 65 174.6

ReferencesEdit

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