Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder is a semifinalist for Maxwell Coach of the Year

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Here's some positive news to Kansas State football fans who may still be hurting after their team's first loss of the season on Saturday.

On Monday, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder found out he was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year award. Snyder is one of 16 coaches and the only Big 12 coach to be named a semifinalist.

Snyder has led Kansas State to a 10-win season for the ninth time in school history after the Wildcats were predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 prior to the season. Snyder led the Wildcats to their first-ever No. 1 ranking in the BCS last week. K-State has set a school record by defeating five ranked opponents, including four on the road.

Snyder's 169 career victories are the 11th-most among active FBS coaches. The sixth-ranked Wildcats can clinch at least a share of the Big 12 Championship and the league's automatic BCS bowl berth when they take on No. 15 Texas on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Manhattan, Kan. The kickoff time has yet to be released.

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