1998 Kansas State Wildcats football team
|1998 Kansas State Wildcats football|
Big 12 North champion
|Conference||Big 12 Conference|
|1998 record||11–2 (8–0 Big 12)|
|Head coach||Bill Snyder (10th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Ron Hudson (2nd year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Mike Stoops (3rd year)|
|Home stadium||KSU Stadium
|1998 Big 12 football standings|
|#10 Kansas State x||8||–||0||11||–||2|
|#11 Texas A&M x$||7||–||1||11||–||3|
|Championship: Texas A&M 36, Kansas State 33|
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 season ended with a loss to Purdue in the 1998 Alamo Bowl.
The Wildcats finished the regular season undefeated (11-0). After the Wildcats' loss to #10 Texas A&M in the 1998 Big 12 Championship Game, the team dropped out of contention for the National Championship game.
After the Big 12 Championship Game, Kansas State was ranked #3, but the team was not invited to any of the BCS Bowl Games. Instead Kansas State was invited to the Alamo Bowl, 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.
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.
|September 5||6:10 PM||Indiana State*||No. 6||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||W 66–0||41,728|
|September 12||11:30 AM||Northern Illinois*||No. 5||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||FSN||W 73–7||41,967|
|September 19||2:30 PM||Texas||No. 5||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||ABC||W 48–7||43,714|
|September 26||1:10 PM||NE Louisiana*||No. 5||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||W 62–7||42,029|
|October 10||6:00 PM||at No. 14 Colorado||No. 5||Folsom Field • Boulder, CO||FSN||W 16–9||51,581|
|October 17||2:30 PM||Oklahoma State||No. 4||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||ABC||W 52–20||43,694|
|October 24||1:10 PM||Iowa State||No. 4||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||W 52–7||43,203|
|October 31||11:30 AM||at Kansas||No. 4||Memorial Stadium • Lawrence, KS (Sunflower Showdown)||FSN||W 54–6||43,000|
|November 7||1:00 PM||at Baylor||No. 4||Floyd Casey Stadium • Waco, TX||W 49–6||38,217|
|November 14||2:30 PM||No. 11 Nebraska||No. 2||KSU Stadium • Manhattan, KS||ABC||W 40–30||44,298|
|November 21||2:30 PM||at No. 19 Missouri||No. 2||Faurot Field • Columbia, MO||ABC||W 31–25||68,174|
|December 5||2:30 PM||vs. No. 10 Texas A&M||No. 2||Trans World Dome • St. Louis, MO (Big 12 Championship)||ABC||L 33–36 2OT||60,798|
|December 29||7:00 PM||vs. Purdue*||No. 4||Alamodome • San Antonio, TX (Alamo Bowl)||ESPN||L 34–37||60,780|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
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- King, David (December 29, 1998). "K-State Out to Prove It Belongs -- Elsewhere: A National Title May Be Out of Reach, But Not Out of Mind at the Alamo Bowl". The Washington Post. p. D07.
- King, David (December 30, 1998). "Alamo Bowl: Wildcats Are Upset By Purdue: Purdue 37, Kansas State 34". The Washington Post. p. C08.
- Points scored fact Archived July 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- DeLassus, David. "Kansas State University coaching records by game (1998)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 11, 2011.