Orlando, FL -Kentucky Wildcats running back Benny Snell Jr. finished off the game with 8 straight carries to run down the clock before giving it back to Penn State with only .01 second on clock.
It was fitting that his coach put the ball in Snell’s hands to close the deal on 27-24 victory over Penn State in Citrus Bowl on New Year Day.
Snell broke the Kentucky school rushing record for all time yards in the win and earned the offensive MVP. He finished the day with 26 carries for 144 yards two touchdowns.
“I had no words for it when I entered in the end zone, I knew I only needed 3 or 4 yards,” said Snell, “I have had the best offensive line for the last three years.”
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley gutted out good game on a possible broken foot throwing for 246 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He led his team with 75 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Josh Allen was chasing McSorley all game right from the start of the game finishing with 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss and a blocked a field goal.
“This team is amazing, I said it all week that is was very important that we finished off this season,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops “It feels so good.”
This 10th win for Kentucky was their first 10 win season since 1976, so yes this was a great win to cap off a great year in the Citrus Bowl.
“We came into this season unranked,” said Snell, “We proved a lot of people wrong this season.
The Wildcats almost broke letting Penn State score 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before burning up clock with Snell’s legs.
“We are legends, all in our special way”, said Snell.