Kansas State’s 23-0 victory over Texas on Saturday will go down as a milestone for the program.
The Wildcats have now won 500 games. That’s a landmark number for any football team, but it carries extra meaning for K-State coach Bill Snyder.
Before Snyder arrived at K-State in 1989, the Wildcats had won 299 games in their first 93 seasons. They were averaging 3.2 victories a year. At that pace, it would have taken them 31 years (2020) to reach 400 victories, and 63 years (2052) to reach 500 victories.
Snyder sped up the process significantly. The Wildcats have averaged 7.7 victories, advanced to 16 bowls and won two Big 12 championships since 1989. K-State’s record is now 500-621-41. Under Snyder, the Wildcats are 184-91-1.
Snyder reflected on that progress Saturday.
“What it means to me is,” Snyder said, “when I first came here it was the only program that had accumulated, in NCAA football, 500 losses. We caught up with our losses somewhere along the road.”
Traffic prevented Snyder Family Stadium from filling up to capacity in time for kickoff Saturday. An accident on Kansas 177, also known as Coach Bill Snyder Highway, brought incoming traffic from Interstate 70 to a standstill. The backup was so long that Riley County law enforcement used social media to urge travelers to find other routes to the stadium. The Texas band and cheer squad were delayed and didn’t arrive until midway through the first quarter.
▪ Linebacker Dakorey Johnson dressed but did not play against Texas. He has been battling ankle injuries all season.
▪ With six victories, K-State is bowl eligible for the fifth straight season and the 16th time under Snyder.
▪ Special guests at the game included two scouts from the Chiefs and a representative with the Florida Citrus/Russell Athletics Bowl.