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Arkansas dominates Kansas State, Bill Snyder in Liberty

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Some days, Bill Snyder must feel older than others.

Snyder’s Kansas State team was the latest to get clobbered in a bowl, losing 45-23 to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. There were some close bowls early, but lately, teams such as Alabama, Stanford, Michigan and LSU have turned the games into one-sided affairs.

Snyder, the 76-year-old coach who is contemplating his future, has seldom had worse afternoons than Saturday. Snyder has lost 101 times in his career (295 games total), but his team never had a shot against Arkansas. The Wildcats rallied to get within 31-21 after three quarters, but Arkansas took over in the fourth and pulled away.

I love Coach Snyder,” Arkansas coach Brett Bielema said. “I love everything about him. A lot of the things in our program are things I learned from him. I’m very blessed to be in this position.”

Brandon Allen hit 20 of 26 passes for 315 yards. Alex Collins rushed for 185 yards and three scores. Three Arkansas receivers approached 100 yards. Both Drew Morgan and Hunter Henry had 92 yards and Jeremy Sprinkle had 81.

Arkansas ran up 569 yards of offense in the game and kept the ball 15 minutes more than Kansas State.

Arkansas finished 8-5. Kansas State fell to 6-7.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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