1993 Copper Bowl
|1993 Copper Bowl|
|Date||December 29, 1993|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Kevin Harlan and Craig James|
The 1993 Copper Bowl was an American college football bowl game played on December 29, 1993 at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. The game featured the Wyoming Cowboys and the Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State capped off its most successful season in 83 years with its first-ever bowl game victory. The 20th ranked Kansas State Wildcats, making only their second bowl appearance in school history, defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 52–17.
Wyoming took a quick 3–0 lead on a 35-yard field goal, but K-State put its high-powered offense into overdrive and scored on its first three possessions. J.J. Smith put K-State on the board with a two-yard TD run and Tate Wright added a 22-yard field goal before K-State drove 76 yards on its third possession to take a 16–3 edge on a Chad May touchdown plunge. All-American Andre Coleman closed out the first half with a 68-yard punt return to put K-State ahead 24–10 at the break, then blew things open with a 61-yard touchdown catch just 54 seconds into the third quarter.
Freshman All-American Kevin Lockett put K-State ahead 38–10 midway through the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown reception before reserve running back Leon Edwards added a 13-yard touchdown run and cornerback Kenny McEntyre provided the game's crowning moment with a 37-yard interception return for a score.