Bowl win gives K-State fans hope for next season

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- K-State fans -- like the Wildcats themselves -- left the stadium after a bowl game happy and excited for the first time in more than a decade.
K-State's 31-to-14 win over Michigan was a long time coming, fans said.

"It feels good to win," said Kent Whitaker. "It's been 10 years and we won."

Ryan Thies, a student at Kansas Weslyan University who made the trip to Arizona to cheer on K-State, was also excited by the win.

"This is an awesome win," he said. "I had a great time. Bill Snyder did it again."

If anyone deserves to watch a bowl victory, it's K-State fans, who are well-known for their dedication to their team. These fans are willing to travel nearly halfway across the country to watch the Wildcats.

"We left Lawrence, Kansas, at 9:30 in the morning," Patrick Friedrichsen said. "We pulled into the Tempe Best Western at 4:30 in the morning."

Sure, the excitement of the first bowl victory during Bill Snyders second term is still fresh, but the win has fans casting a positive eye toward the future.

"I think we're on the rise again," Mike Becker said. "Great for Snyder. And Go, Cats!"

Friedrechsen hopes Saturday's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl win has started a new trend.

"Hopefully next time around, it's win a BCS bowl game."


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