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Bill Snyder: Big 12 title is 'very, very gratifying'

Kansas State veteran coach Bill Snyder was thrilled to pick up his second career Big 12 championship on Saturday.

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After posting 42 points on the board against the Texas Longhorns, the Kansas State Wildcats officially earned their second Big 12 title in the Bill Snyder era following Saturday's regular season finale.

The 73-year-old Snyder, who has now won a pair of Big 12 championships since the league was created in 1996, told the media after the game that the victory was especially meaningful to both him and the program he has helped build into a national power.

"It means a great deal to me as well for a variety of different reasons," Snyder said, reported by KStateSports.com. "It is not just the championship itself; it is what it means to so many other people. It is very, very gratifying to me."

The Wildcats narrowly missed out on a trip to the BCS National Championship game due to a Nov. 17 loss to Baylor, but will still have a shot to garner plenty of support for the No. 1 overall spot with a Fiesta Bowl showdown with the Oregon Ducks looming large. Snyder's 11-1 record includes victories over five schools ranked in the top 20 nationally at the time of each win, but not even a BCS bowl loss to Oregon would be able to slow down the sheer momentum that the 2012 season has created for KSU football.