The 1998 Builders Square Alamo Bowl was a tale of two teams. The Purdue
Boilermakers were making their second straight appearance in San
Antonio and very happy to be doing so, while the No. 4 Kansas State
Wildcats had anticipated playing for a national championship before losing in
the Big 12 Championship. The end result was the best game in the Alamo Bowl’s
six-year history as Purdue edged Kansas State 37-34.
Purdue took a 30-20 lead after Travis Dorsch connected on a 37-yard field goal
with 6:44 to play, but the Wildcats would mount a rally. Heisman Trophy runner-up
Michael Bishop connected with Darnell McDonald on an 88-yard scoring strike
before hooking up with Justin Swift for a touchdown on the next drive to give
the Wildcats a 34-30 lead.
The Boilermakers, behind the arm of Offensive MVP Drew Brees, drove 80 yards
in 54 seconds, culminating with Brees’ game-winning, 24-yard touchdown pass
to Issac Jones with 30 seconds left to regain the lead at 37-34.
Brees, a nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLIV MVP for the New Orleans
Saints, set bowl records with his 53 pass attempts and three touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, Bishop struggled, completing just nine of his 24 passes. Bishop
did tie a bowl record with three TD passes, but also set a bowl record by throwing
At No. 4, Kansas State was the highest-ranked team to ever play in
the Alamo Bowl.
#16 Purdue rides big third quarter to 33-20 victory over #24 Oklahoma State
The fifth annual Builders Square Alamo Bowl had all the makings of a
fight to the finish as No. 16 Purdue and No. 24 Oklahoma State shared
Both teams had not played in a bowl game since the 1980s and both were led
into the game by their conference’s 1997 Coach of the Year winners — Joe Tiller
in the Big Ten and Bob Simmons in the Big 12.
In the end the Boilermakers, by virtue of a 20-point third-quarter outburst,
notched a 33-20 victory against Oklahoma State.
The two teams started slow offensively heading into halftime with Purdue leading
OSU 10-6. But Purdue quarterback Billy Dicken, the game’s Offensive MVP, got the
Purdue offense on track in the third quarter as his one-yard TD plunge extended
Purdue’s lead to 16-6. After OSU cut the lead to three, Dicken took over again.
His 60-yard pass to running back Edwin Watson set up a 16-yard TD reverse
for a 23-13 lead. Dicken later had a 69-yard scoring toss to Chris Daniels.
Dicken finished the night with a then-bowl record 325 yards passing.
Oklahoma State cut the final margin to 13 with a TD pass from Tony Lindsay
to future NFL veteran R.W. McQuarters with 55 seconds left.
Brees, Purdue outlast #4 Kansas State in last second thriller
BOX SCORE 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
Purdue 0 17 10 10 37
#4 Kansas State 0 7 6 21 34
Offensive MVP Drew Brees
threw three touchdown passes
to lead Purdue to their second
consecutive Alamo Bowl victory.
BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 FINAL
#16 Purdue 7 3 20 3 33
#24 Oklahoma St. 3 3 7 7 20
Offensive MVP Billy Dicken threw
for 325 yards and accounted for
three total touchdowns to lead
Purdue past Oklahoma State.
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