Klieman’s keys to success

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October 31, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Skyler Thompson (10) scores on a 3-yard run in the third quarter, one of four rushing touchdowns on the day, against Oklahoma on Saturday. TRAVIS HEYING/WICHITA EAGLE/TNS

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Sitting in a far corner of the football stadium’s parking lot was an old school bus, painted in Kansas State colors and with the words “Win the Dang Day” scrolled across the side.

It’s the catchphrase that Chris Klieman brought to the Wildcats when he was hired to replace the retired Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder late last year. Klieman was a lukewarm selection for many fans, despite his championship-winning pedigree at North Dakota State, because he had no ties to the program and little experience working at college football’s highest level.

But after a resounding victory over then-No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday, which pushed the Wildcats back into the AP Top 25 , good luck finding any critics of the new coach in the Flint Hills.

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