The result wasn't just a loss, but a 52-24 humiliation.
Snyder admitted he was angry with the result, not merely disappointed. And he said that attitude was embraced by the rest of the team - the Wildcats let the biggest opportunity in school history slip through their fingers, countless hours of grueling work sullied by one poor night.
"If that attitude does persist, I would hope it would be throughout our team, and not be exclusive to one particular group," Snyder said. "We've won collectively and our loss is a collective loss, and our preparation needs to be collective and our attitude just the same."
Senior kicker Anthony Cantele was the first to acknowledge feeling the same raw emotion that Snyder experienced in the hours after the game, but said things have started to change.
"At first there was some anger that set in," Cantele said, "but once we started to practice, we realized, especially the seniors, this is our last chance to play at home."
Yes, along with potentially playing for a conference championship and a spot in a BCS bowl game, the Wildcats will also be bidding farewell to a senior class that helped re-establish the program.
Most of them were recruited to Kansas State by former coach Ron Prince, but they were quickly embraced by Snyder, who managed to massage and mold them from a five-win team into one that's won at least 10 games in two consecutive years, and is poised to capture only the third conference championship in school history on Saturday.
"I think it'd be very meaningful. It'd be a lifelong memory, I'm sure, or I'd like to think it would be for all of them," Snyder said. "Something you take a great deal of pride in because they had such a major role coming through the program over this period of time."
Klein admitted that running onto the field Saturday will be emotional.
He was among those recruited by Prince. He spent time as a wide receiver before making the switch to quarterback, and has blossomed into one of the best players in school history.
Rather than all that anger he felt after losing to Baylor, Klein said, he expects to feel a pang of sentimentality, and buckle his chinstrap one more time and get ready for the Wildcats' final exam against Texas.
"Coach Snyder always talks about finishing," Klein said. "As a senior, for all of us as seniors, being able to finish strong is what we want, no doubt."