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.