HOUSTON – It’s almost cliché to compliment the job coach Bill Snyder does annually, maximizing the talent on his Kansas State roster.

The Wildcats entered the season picked eighth out of 10 teams in the Big 12’s preseason media poll.

They are the youngest team Snyder has had in his 25-year Kansas State tenure, coming into Wednesday’s game with a combined 125 starts from freshmen or sophomores.

The Wildcats finished a respectable 9-4, capping the season off with a solid 33-28 win over Texas A&M in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl on Wednesday at NRG Stadium.

It was a vintage Snyder victory: Kansas State played disciplined football, made fewer big mistakes, outschemed Texas A&M and beat a team that, on paper, has more talent.

The facts bear it out: Kansas State took care of the ball; Texas A&M didn’t, turning it over twice.

When Kansas State threw the ball, Ertz was deft enough to get it out of his hands before Garrett could get to him.

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