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Kansas State Loses Losers’ Tag

November 12, 1998

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ So just who is the losingest major college football program of all time?

It’s not Kansas State any more, according to NCAA records of all college teams.

The Wildcats bore the hated label of losingest program in major college history for many dreary decades until Bill Snyder arrived in 1989 and began to engineer what many are calling the greatest turnaround in major college history.

Now, using won-loss percentage and total losses as the two measuring sticks, Kansas State appears to have escaped the all-time cellar and been replaced by Northwestern and Wake Forest.

On the last day of the 1996 regular season when Kansas State beat Iowa State, the Wildcats inched ahead of Wake Forest in percentage. Going into this season, Kansas State’s winning percentage was .405, a shade behind Kent State’s .406. Wake Forest’s .397 was at the bottom.

Then three weeks ago, with no fanfare, Northwestern replaced Kansas State as holder of the most losses.

Going into this season Kansas State had lost 546 games and Northwestern 541. Others in the neighborhood were Wake Forest with 520 and Rutgers with 515.

Kansas State, unbeaten going into its showdown Saturday with Nebraska, still has 546 losses. On Oct. 24 when Snyder’s team beat Iowa State 52-7, Northwestern bowed to Ohio State 36-10, falling to 2-6 for the year and 547 all-time defeats. But the Wildcats of Northwestern, who had a short-lived revival of their own earlier this decade, are still ahead of the Wildcats of Kansas State in winning percentage at .428 going into the year.

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