MANHATTAN, Kan. – With its impressive 45-40 upset at 10th-ranked Oklahoma State last Saturday, Kansas State has been named the National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America, the organization announced Monday.
It is the fourth time in program history the Wildcats have been named the national team of the week. The FWAA recognized K-State after its 24-19 win at No. 6 Oklahoma in 2012, a 41-21 victory at No. 7 Texas in 2007, and following a 38-9 victory at No. 18 Nebraska in 2003.
The Wildcats scored 28 unanswered points over the second and third quarters and held off a late Cowboys rally en route to their first win over a top-10 team since defeating the sixth-ranked Sooners in Norman in 2012. K-State also snapped a five-game losing streak in Stillwater, Oklahoma, winning at Oklahoma State for the first time since 1999.
The victory made K-State bowl eligible for an eighth-straight season, the 21st time in school history and the 19th under head coach Bill Snyder. With the win, Snyder notched his 208thcareer victory to move into sole possession of 20th place in FBS history in total wins. It was also his 122nd Big 8/12 win to move into sole possession of second place all-time. He passed one of his pupils, Bob Stoops, who had 121 Big 12 wins.
Wide receiver Byron Pringle accounted for four touchdowns against the Cowboys, becoming the first player in Big 12 history with three receiving touchdowns and a kickoff-return score in the same game. Pringle went on to earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while quarterback Skylar Thompson was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after throwing for 204 yards and three touchdowns in addition to 93 rushing yards and another score.