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Kansas State put the finishing touches on one of the best seasons in school history with a 52–17 win over Wyoming in the 5th Annual Cactus Bowl, in front of a then-record crowd of 49,075 fans.

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Approximately 20,000 fans were wearing purple. The Wildcats won their first bowl game to finish the season 9–2–1, their highest victory total since 1910, and earned a no. 20 ranking in the final Associated Press poll.

Quarterback Chad May and wide receiver Andre Coleman were the keys to K-State’s high-powered offense. May scored on a short touchdown run and threw for 275 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns, one on a 61-yard bomb to Coleman, the other a 30-yard strike to Kevin Lockett.

Wyoming took a quick 3–0 lead on a 35-yard field goal, but the Wildcats scored on their first three possessions to jump ahead 16–3. J.J. Smith put Kansas State on the board with a two-yard touchdown run when the Wildcats drove 68 yards in just six plays to take a 6–3 lead. Tate Wright’s 22-yard field goal and Ryan Christopherson’s three-yard touchdown plunge set the stage for Coleman’s dramatics.

Coleman, also an all-America return specialist, fielded a punt just before halftime, sidestepped two defenders, and raced untouched down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown return to give the Wildcats a 24–10 lead at intermission.

It took the Wildcats just 54 seconds to score in the third quarter when May hit Coleman on the 61-yard touchdown pass to extend K-State’s lead to an insurmountable 31–10.

Cornerback Kenny McEntyre provided the game’s crowning moment for Kansas State with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown with less than seven minutes left in the game.

Kansas State amassed 502 yards of total offense and averaged 7.5 yards per play. Coleman earned offensive player-of-the-game honors with eight receptions for 144 yards and 283 all-purpose yards, including his two long touchdowns.

  • Stadium:

    Arizona Stadium

  • Attendance:

    49,075

  • Offensive Player of the Game:

    Andre Coleman, Kansas State

  • Defensive Player of the Game:

    Kenny McEntyre, Kansas State

  • Head Coaches:

    Bill Snyder, Kansas State - Joe Tiller, Wyoming

  • Weather:

    Clear, 64 degrees

Quarter Scores

Scoring1234F
Kansas State915141452
Wyoming370717

Yardstick

KSUWYO
22First Downs20
39-227Rushes-Yards23-36
275 Passing Yards 266
19-28-0Passes31-51-2
120Return Yards34
3-23.3Punts5-44.2
0-0Fumbles-Lost2-1
5-40 Penalties-Yards 8-70

How They Scored

KSUWYO
03Taylor Sorenson 35 yard field goal
63J.J. Smith 2 yard run (kick failed)
93Tate Wright 22 yard field goal
163Chad May 2 yard run (Tate Wright kick)
1610Ryan Christopherson 3 yard run (Taylor Sorenson kick)
2410Andre Coleman 68 yard punt return (Chad May run)
3110Andre Coleman 61 yard pass from Chad May (Tate Wright kick)
3810Kevin Lockett 30 yard pass from Chad May (Tate Wright kick)
3817Eddie Pratt 14 yard pass from John Gustin (Taylor Sorenson kick)
4517Leon Edwards 13 yard run (Warren Claassen kick)
5217Kenny McEntyre 37 yard interception return (Tate Wright kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
KSUJ.J. Smith 20-133, Leon Edwards 9-65, Dederick Kelly 2-14, Chad May 6-12, Andre Coleman 1-7, Ben Griffin 1-(-4).
WYORyan Christopherson 15-28, Brian Gragert 1-8, Joe Hughes 5-5, John Gustin 2-(-5).
Passing
KSUChad May 19-28-0-275.
WYOJoe Hughes 28-43-237, John Gustin 3-7-1-29, Ryan Yarborough 0-1-1-0.
Receiving
KSUAndre Coleman 8-144, Mitch Running 5-50, J.J. Smith 2-20, Kevin Lockett 1-30, Leon Edwards 1-13, Tyson Schwieger 1-11, Brad Seib 1-7.
WYORyan Yarborough 8-72, Mike Jones 7-50, Ryan Christopherson 5-16, Eddie Pratt 3-52, Richard Peace 2-29, Kerry Garrett 2-14, Scott Mimnaugh 1-19, Brent Tillman 1-8, Michael Jones 1-6, Terry Hendricks 1-0.