Klieman finds bowl success in first season


December 3, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman celebrates with fans after a 48-41 win against Oklahoma at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 26. TRAVIS HEYING/WICHITA EAGLE/TNS

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State was picked to finish second-to-last in the Big 12, the pundits not only unimpressed with what the Wildcats had returning but lukewarm on their decision to turn over the program to a coach with virtually no experience at the highest level of college football.

Chris Klieman knew it. So did quarterback Skylar Thompson, the bevy of transfers and freshmen that chose to call Manhattan home, and the thousands of fans who showed up all season.

“Our backs were against the wall before the season started,” Klieman said. “Not a lot of people thought an awful lot about this football team besides the people in that room. It was just us and our room — ‘Focus on the guys we’re with and your brothers on a daily basis.’ I had belief in these guys, they had belief in each other, they just had to believe in themselves.”

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