5th Annual Cactus Bowl

Kansas State 52, Wyoming 17

5th annual cactus bowl
December 29, 1993

Attendance: 49,075

Stadium: Arizona Stadium

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

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $700,000

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. 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.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Kansas State
9
15
14
14
52
Wyoming
3
7
0
7
17

Yardstick

KSU
WYO
22
First Downs
20
39-227
Rushes-Yards
23-36
275
Passing Yards
266
19-28-0
Passes
31-51-2
120
Return Yards
34
3-23.3
Punts
5-44.2
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
2-1
5-40
Penalties-Yards
8-70

How They Scored

KSU
WYO
0
3
Taylor Sorenson 35 yard field goal
6
3
J.J. Smith 2 yard run (kick failed)
9
3
Tate Wright 22 yard field goal
16
3
Chad May 2 yard run (Tate Wright kick)
16
10
Ryan Christopherson 3 yard run (Taylor Sorenson kick)
24
10
Andre Coleman 68 yard punt return (Chad May run)
31
10
Andre Coleman 61 yard pass from Chad May (Tate Wright kick)
38
10
Kevin Lockett 30 yard pass from Chad May (Tate Wright kick)
38
17
Eddie Pratt 14 yard pass from John Gustin (Taylor Sorenson kick)
45
17
Leon Edwards 13 yard run (Warren Claassen kick)
52
17
Kenny McEntyre 37 yard interception return (Tate Wright kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
KSU
J.J. Smith 20-133, Leon Edwards 9-65, Dederick Kelly 2-14, Chad May 6-12, Andre Coleman 1-7, Ben Griffin 1-(-4).
WYO
Ryan Christopherson 15-28, Brian Gragert 1-8, Joe Hughes 5-5, John Gustin 2-(-5).
Passing
KSU
Chad May 19-28-0-275.
WYO
Joe Hughes 28-43-237, John Gustin 3-7-1-29, Ryan Yarborough 0-1-1-0.
Receiving
KSU
Andre 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.
WYO
Ryan 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.