Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder wore a new, white windbreaker against UTEP. Instead of the purple top he normally wears with a bowl emblem on the back, this one sported only K-State logos.
When asked about the fashion switch, Snyder said he was fulfilling a request from the Big 12 to stop promoting the defunct Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl — now the Cactus Bowl — or the Holiday Bowl, which no longer has ties to the conference.
“Truth be known, I got a memo from the conference office that said whatever bowl was on the back is no longer a conference bowl,” Snyder said. “So I thought that if we cannot get that bowl game again, I am not going to advertise for them. That is a true story.”
▪ Freshman kicker Matthew McCrane replaced Jack Cantele on Saturday, connecting on his only field goal attempt of 25 yards. He also made all eight of his extra-point attempts. Snyder named McCrane the starter shortly before kickoff a week after Cantele missed three field goals against Auburn. The job now appears to be McCrane’s to lose. Cantele was used on a late extra-point attempt, and he missed left.
▪ Two junior-college transfers that appeared to be potential redshirt options saw action against UTEP. Defensive tackle Terrell Clinkscales played with the second-string defense and receiver Andre Davis played with the second-string offense.
▪ Three NFL scouts attended Saturday’s game. Representatives with the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts and the Buffalo Bills were all in attendance.