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Great 'Comeback' Year for Wildcats
December 3, 2013
By Mark Janssen
Year No. 118 of Kansas State is in the books (with the exception of the bowl game) with the completion of the remarkable turnaround of a 7-5 season.
Never before in history has a Wildcat team opened a year with a 2-4 record - below .500 at mid-year - and even had a winning year, let alone a seven-victory season.
It's just another line on the Bill Snyder coaching resume.
Just for kicks, here's a comparison of the 96 years - those before 1989, plus the three Ron Prince-coached years - and the 22 Snyder-coached seasons - 1989-2005, and, 2009-2013.
96 Other Years: 316 victories, or 3.3 wins per season.
22 Snyder Years: 177 victories, or 8.1 wins per season.
96 Other Years: Two bowl games - 1982 Independence Bowl under coach Jim Dickey and 2006 Texas Bowl under Prince.
22 Snyder Years: 15 bowl games, including an 11-year run from 1993-2003.
96 Other Years: Seven seasons of at least seven wins with five of those coming prior to 1935.
22 Snyder Years: 16 seasons of at least seven wins.
96 Other Years: Three wins over ranked teams. Prior to Snyder's arrival, K-State had lost 66 consecutive games to ranked teams.
22 Snyder Years: 26 victories over ranked teams
96 Other Years: Five weeks in national polls
22 Snyder Years: 125 regular-season weeks in the Top 25 rankings
96 Other Years: Three 1,000-yard rushing seasons - Isaac Jackson, 1993; Cornelius Davis, 1966; and, James Johnson, 2007
22 Snyder Years: Nine 1,000-yard rushing seasons - Eric Gallon, 1991; J.J. Smith, 1994; Josh Scobey, 2001; Darren Sproles, 2002, 2003, 2004; Daniel Thomas, 2009, 2010; Collin Klein, 2011
96 Other Seasons: Three career passers of at least 4,000 yards - Lynn Dickey, Darrell Dickey and Josh Freeman
22 Snyder Years: Six career passers of at least 4,000 yards - Michael Bishop, Jonathan Beasley, Collin Klein, Ell Roberson, Carl Straw, Chad May
96 Other Seasons: In only three seasons K-State averaged at least 25 points per game
22 Snyder Years: In 16 seasons, K-State averaged at least 25 points per game
They are indeed some pretty amazing numbers.