Postgame: K-State 21, UMass 17

Bill Snyder’s return to the Kansas State sideline didn’t go as well as he wanted it to, but it went well enough.

With 50,750 fans on hand (the largest crowd to ever witness a home opener at K-State) to celebrate his comeback to coaching and the grand pregame festivities involving more than 300 former players, the Wildcats took an 18-point lead and then sputtered to the finish.

They hung on for a 21-17 victory, but it left fans, players and coaches alike sweating.

Here’s how Snyder summed it all up: “We began to put things together … Then it all fell apart.”
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Gameday Preview: UMass at K-State

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Excitement is high and tickets are scarce.

That’s why Snyder Family Stadium will look something like this picture (except only more packed) when the Kansas State football team takes on Massachusetts at 6:10 p.m. Saturday.

Not only will a near-capacity crowd of close to 50,000 fans be on hand to welcome the Wildcats to the field, but more than 300 former players will be there as part of a family reunion celebration cheering them on as well.

K-State athletic officials are saying it will be the largest crowd to ever witness a Wildcats home opener, and by far the largest former player reunion in the program’s history. Throw in the return of beloved coach Bill Snyder and a postgame fireworks celebration, and it adds up to one gigantic purple party.
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Links for lunch, UMass edition

Let’s get started with this piece on UMass running back Tony Nelson, who Bill Snyder said this week is an impressive runner and will test Kansas State’s tackling ability.

The Boston Herald writes that everything is new at UMass. The Minutemen have a new coach, a new quarterback and even a new punter. Expectations are still high for the Colonial Athletic Association power, though. If UMass is to succeed this year, it must first face these five questions.
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