Beginning with the first official football game played by K-State in 1896, the purple-clad gridders always struggled to find respectability. The Wildcats had only an occasional good season and individual star on the field. But the fact is that during the '50s, '60s and '70s, losing records and disappointing seasons became the standard in Manhattan. And by the end of the 1980s, the team was mired in a 30-game losing streak and considered the worst college football team in America.Then the turn around.Bill Snyder took over the head coaching duties at K-State in 1989, and within five seasons did something many thought impossible, if not miraculous: he turned Kansas State into not only a winning program, but a dominant contender in the world of college football.From Wildcats to Powercats.The path to being a national power was a circuitous one for K-State. Test your trivia knowledge with questions about players, coaches and big games, from George Maddox and Pappy Waldorf to Michael Bishop and Bill Snyder. From the Independence Bowl to the Fiesta Bowl. Complete with hundreds of questions, facts and photos.
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