UK holds off Penn State to win Citrus Bowl

Kentucky finishes with 10 wins for first time since 1977

UK holds off Penn State to win Citrus Bowl
UK running back Benny Snell became the school's fourth all-time leading rusher in the Cats' 28-7 upset of No. 14 Mississippi State. (File Photo Source: UK Football Twitter) (Source: UK Football on Twitter)

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.”

UK running back Benny Snell became the school's fourth all-time leading rusher in the Cats' 28-7 upset of No. 14 Mississippi State. (Source: UK Football on Twitter)
UK running back Benny Snell became the school's fourth all-time leading rusher in the Cats' 28-7 upset of No. 14 Mississippi State. (Source: UK Football on Twitter) (Source: UK Football on Twitter)

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.

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