ORLANDO, FL (WXIX) - Benny Snell set the school record for career rushing yards and the University of Kentucky held off a furious fourth quarter Penn State rally to win the Citrus Bowl 27-24.
Snell, who will forgo his senior season for the NFL Draft, finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns. He passed Sonny Collins for most rushing yards at UK with a third quarter touchdown that gave UK a 27-7 lead.
“We came into the season underdogs," Snell said. "Doubted a lot, not getting any respect. I’m proud of all my guys. We came such a long way and proved a lot of people wrong.”
Penn State scored two early fourth quarter touchdowns to cut the deficit to 27-21, but settled for a field goal deep in Kentucky territory with less than five minutes left instead of trying for the go-ahead touchdown on fourth down.
Snell carried UK to a couple of clutch first downs and drained all but the final second off the clock, but Penn State couldn’t pull off a miracle finish on the game’s final snap.
It’s Kentucky’s first 10-win season since 1977.