Kansas State falls short in Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama

NEW ORLEANS – Chris Klieman made no apologies, and he sure as heck wasn’t second-guessing himself.

He adopted an aggressive gambler’s mentality all season, and it helped get Kansas State to one of the biggest games in program history. With a chance to knock off mighty No. 5 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, why change now?

Unfortunately for the No. 9-ranked Wildcats, it backfired this time. Momentum quickly shifted Alabama’s way and the Crimson Tide were merciless in seizing control Saturday on the way to a decisive 45-20 victory at Caesars Superdome.

With the loss, K-State finished the season at 10-4, while Alabama improved to 11-2. But the Wildcats went down fighting.

“We came here to win, man,” Klieman said. “We didn’t come here to try to keep this thing close, whatever. We came here to win, and that’s what we thought was the best opportunity.”

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