Bill Snyder stood at the podium with a smile and a confession. "If there was any good coaching today," he said, "it wasn't by me. The assistants did a...

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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Bill Snyder stood at the podium with a smile and a confession.

“If there was any good coaching today,” he said, “it wasn’t by me. The assistants did a great job. … I was just there.”

Snyder joked and choked up by turns, at one point stopping to say, “OK, now I’m just rambling,” after Kansas State’s 36-28 victory over Missouri on Saturday, his last game as the Wildcats’ coach.

He announced his retirement Tuesday, after 17 seasons in Manhattan.

“I’m spent,” said Snyder, who took over the nation’s only 500-loss team in 1989 and led the Wildcats to a 136-68-1 record and a place among the nation’s top programs before their fortunes fell off in his final two seasons. “It’s been a far different week than I had anticipated. It’s been a hard week and a very emotional time.”


Earl Bennett caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler with 1:11 to go and Vanderbilt (5-6, 3-5) ended a 22-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 28-24 victory. The Volunteers (4-6, 2-5 SEC) will not be eligible for a bowl for the first time since 1988.

• South Florida remained in contention for a BCS bowl berth, pulling away in the second half to beat Cincinnati 31-16. The Bulls stayed on course for a possible showdown with No. 13 West Virginia for the Big East’s automatic BCS spot.

Clifton Dawson scored from 2 yards out in the third overtime as Harvard beat Yale 30-24, winning “The Game” for an unprecedented fifth straight time. It was the first overtime game in 122 meetings between the teams and the first triple-OT game in league history.

Quinton Jones returned a punt 73 yards and ran 50 yards for another score and Boise State scored five fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat archrival Idaho 70-35 and keep Broncos bowl hopes alive. Jared Zabransky was 4 of 15 for 93 yards and ran for two TDs as the Broncos (8-3, 6-1 Western Athletic Conference) won their seventh straight over Idaho (2-8, 2-5).

• Senior quarterback Travis Lulay passed for 171 yards, Evin Groves rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown and Jeff Hastings kicked three field goals as Montana State (7-4, 5-2 Big Sky) knocked off Montana (8-3, 5-2) 16-6.

Brett Elliott threw for a school-record 525 yards and seven touchdowns and defending Division III champion Linfield College beat Occidental 63-21 to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Casey Allen caught eight passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats (9-0), who won their 22nd straight game and face Concordia-Moorhead in the second round.