Feb. 13, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State football captains B.J. Finney and Ty Zimmerman traveled to Topeka Wednesday to represent the Wildcat football team as it was recognized and honored by the Kansas Board of Regents for its 2012 Big 12 Championship season.
In return, Finney and Zimmerman presented each regent with a commemorative Big 12 Championship game ball on behalf of the entire Wildcat football program following the team’s recognition.
Predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 prior to the 2012 season, the Wildcats tallied an 11-2 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in Big 12 play to capture the school's third conference championship and first since 2003. Bill Snyder guided Kansas State to its seventh 11-win season in school history, but only the second 11-win regular season (1998).
K-State won a school-record six games against ranked opponents in 2012, including its conference-championship clinching victory over No. 18 Texas. Additionally, the Wildcats obtained their first-ever No. 1 BCS ranking following their win at TCU.
"This was a very special season for our football program that truly epitomized the meaning of the K-State family," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "We are proud of our student-athletes for their many accomplishments on the field and in the classroom, and we congratulate Coach Snyder, his staff and team for a tremendous job of representing our university and state. They demonstrated again what can be achieved with unity and hard work. We also have great appreciation for our students, faculty and staff, alumni and other fans for their vital role in making this a season to remember."
Individually, Snyder was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by both the coaches and Associated Press, while also being tabbed as the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year.
Quarterback Collin Klein became the school's second ever Heisman Trophy finalist and went on to finish third in the final voting, while a total of 20 players were named All-Big 12. The Wildcats also topped the Big 12 Conference in number of specialty awards as Snyder (Big 12 Coach of the Year), Klein (Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year), Arthur Brown (Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year) and Meshak Williams (Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year) were all honored by the conference.
Following the annual spring game on April 27, the Wildcats will host two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State in the 2013 season opener, which also will mark the opening of the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Ticket information for the 2013 season will be released in the coming weeks.