Copper Bowl

1993

 

Kansas State 52

Wyoming 17

Kansas State Fight Song

 

In 1988, Kansas State was simply the laughingstock of college football. Kansas State had fielded just five winning teams in a 54-year span and eight times had gone winless. The school averaged an All-American just once every 18 years. From 1984 to 1988, KSU went 3-40-1, was outscored by an average of 43-13, lost at home to schools such as Austin Peay, Wichita State and Northern Iowa, and didn't have so much as one all-Big Eight player in three years. Things were so bad that the Big Eight Conference was even considering booting the Wildcats out.
 

After Kansas State foundered through another 0-11 season in 1988, President Jon Wefald fired head coach Stan Parrish and hired a highly-touted offensive coordinator from Iowa named Bill Snyder to take on the challenge of building Kansas State's program from the ashes.
 

Snyder was a tireless worker prone to 100-hour work weeks who set his goal at simply getting better every day as a players, persons and students. The transformation from college football's laughingstock to legitimate Big 12 Conference contender didn't happen overnight. In 1989, Snyder's first year at the helm, the Wildcats went a very-K-State-like 1-10, including the usual 58-7 drubbing from Nebraska. The only win came on a last-second touchdown pass against Division I-AA North Texas State, 20-17.
 

But Kansas State stuck to Snyder's philosophy and continued to get a little better each day. In 1990, the Wildcats jumped up to a 5-6 record and won their first two Big Eight games in four years. They followed that with solid 7-4 and 5-6 campaigns in 1991 and 1992. Then came the breakthrough year for the program: 1993.
 

K-State capped off its most successful season in 83 years, with its first-ever bowl game. The 20th ranked Kansas Wildcats, making only their second bowl appearance in school history, defeated the Wyoming Cowboys, 52-17 A sea of purple converged on the desert as 16,000 Kansas State fans flooded Tucson to establish a new Copper Bowl attendance record of 49,075.

It was supposed to be a contest. Forget that, Wyoming never showed up to play, and it was purple dominance from the first kickoff. The Wildcat offense blew-up for 502 total yards, producing the biggest point explosion since setting the school record in a 59-21 victory against Oklahoma in 1969.

 

Wyoming took a quick 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal, but K-State put its high-powered offense into overdrive and scored on its first three possessions. J.J. Smith put K-State on the board with a two-yard TD run and Tate Wright added a 22-yard field goal before K-State drove 76 yards on its third possession to take a 16-3 edge on a Chad May TD plunge. All-American Andre Coleman closed out the first half with a 68-yard punt return to put K-State ahead 24-10 (video)  at the break then blew things open with a 61-yard touchdown catch just 54 seconds into the third quarter (video).
 

Freshman All-American Kevin Lockett put K-State ahead 38-10 midway through the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown reception (video) before reserve running back Leon Edwards added a 13-yard touchdown run and cornerback Kenny McEntyre provided the game’s crowning moment with a 37-yard interception return for a score (video).

Copper Bowl MVP Andre Coleman racked up a career-high 283 yards of total offense, tying or breaking three Copper Bowl records along the way. Quarterback Chad May threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, including the picture-perfect 30-yarder to wide receiver Kevin Lockett on a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter .

 

A spectacular night for Coleman.

 

Christopherson and Wyoming couldn't gain control.

Leon Edwards was strong in relief of J.J. Smith.

 

For Snyder and K-State the turnaround was complete.

 

K-State Media Guide

 

Attendance- 49,075

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
Wyo- FG Sorenson 35
KSU- Smith 2 run (kick failed)
KSU- FG Wright 22

Second Quarter
KSU- May 2 run (Wright kick)
Wyo- Christopherson 3 run (Sorenson kick)
KSU- Coleman 68 punt return (May run)

Third Quarter
KSU- Coleman 61 pass from May (Wright kick)
KSU- Lockett 30 pass from May (Wright kick)

Fourth Quarter
Wyo- Pratt 14 pass from Gustin (Sorenson kick)
KSU- Edwards 13 run (Claussen kick)
KSU- McEntyre 37 interception (Wright kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
KSU- Smith 20-133, Edward 9-65
Wyo- Christoperson 15-28

Passing
KSU- May 19-28-275
Wyo- Hughes 28-43-237

Receiving
KSU- Coleman 8-144, Running 5-50, Smith 2-20, Lockett 1-30, Edwards 1-13
Wyo- Yarborough 8-72, Mike Jones 7-50, Christopherson 5-16, Pratt 3-52, Peace 2-29, Garrett 2-14, Mimnaugh 1-19
 

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