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K-State’s Beasley and Snyder to be inducted into Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame



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MANHATTAN – Former K-State quarterback Jonathan Beasley and head coach Bill Snyder are two of seven new members of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, as the group will be honored on October 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with the dedication ceremony scheduled for noon CT at the West End Zone Plaza.

The dedication ceremony takes place 17 months after it was originally scheduled due to postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the two Wildcat inductees, the 12th Class Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame includes Notre Dame split winger Tom Gatewood, Arkansas goaltender Jerry Jones, running back / wide receiver Ole Miss Dexter McCluster, winger Texas defensive end Cory Redding and Boston College linebacker Bill Romanowski.

These six notable players and distinguished head coach join an elite group of winners of 78 men and women who shaped the great traditions of college football and the famous history of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Each Hall of Fame member will make brief remarks during the lunchtime hour-long event. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Hall of Fame dates back to the spring of 1998, when the inaugural class was devoted to Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Today, Induction Day takes place every second spring inside AT&T Stadium. Each Hall of Fame member receives a personalized bronze statue of a football player from the 1930s, when the Cotton Bowl Classic was founded.

Ht. 6-1 weight Class 215: Senior
Position: quarterback
Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona.
2001 Classic: Kansas State 35, Tennessee 21
Rushing: 17 attempts, 98 yards, 1 TD
Passes: 13-27-1, 210 yards, 2 TD

Nothing seemed to confuse Kansas State quarterback Jonathan Beasley. Not even a snow-covered playground after a winter storm hit North Texas hours before the start of the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic. Beasley set first-half efficiency records with 238 yards. on offense and recorded the second most passing yards at 193 against Tennessee. On the ground or in the air, he was relentless. He ran for 14 yards for the game’s first score, then hit 56 and 10 yard touchdowns. By the time the third quarter went by, most of the snow had evaporated with Tennessee’s chances of winning. Beasley and the Wildcats scored 507 yards on total offense and beat the Volunteers 35-21.


Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri
Classic training record: 1-2-0
1997 Classic: BYU 19, Kansas State 15
2001 Classic: Kansas State 35, Tennessee 21
2012 Classic: Arkansas 29, Kansas State 16

No job was too big for Snyder. Not even a program that had had limited success until he set foot on the Manhattan campus in 1989. His tireless work ethic and intense dedication turned the Wildcats into a six-season national contender. of 11 wins over a span of seven years and recorded 11 consecutive bowl appearances. Under his leadership, the Kansas State program became the model for consistency. The Wildcats notched three Cotton Bowl Classics, evidenced by a dominant 35-21 loss to Tennessee in the 2001 game. In 2015, he became one of only four active coaches to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. college football. Three years later, he finished a spectacular coaching career with 215 wins. Put simply, Coach Snyder is the architect of the biggest turnaround in college football history.




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