Great 'Comeback' Year for Wildcats

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. 
 
That's never! 
 
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. 

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