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UK’s trick play called ’12Fish,’ and there’s more where that came from. Watch it here.

Benny Snell on the trick-play TD: ‘We knew it was money’

UK running back Benny Snell talks about his role in Zy'Aire Hughes' touchdown during Kentucky's victory over Murray State on Saturday.
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UK running back Benny Snell talks about his role in Zy'Aire Hughes' touchdown during Kentucky's victory over Murray State on Saturday.

It seemed like a play Kentucky might want to keep in its pocket going into a stretch of conference games against stronger opponents, but it was too good of a chance to let go.

“There was a big opportunity to run it,” UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said of that shovel pass-reverse for a touchdown involving Benny Snell, Terry Wilson and wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes. “After the first time we ran it, it was all set up. Sometimes you save them and then they never give you the look and then they’re just sitting there.”

But did Gran worry about UK’s next opponent, No. 16 Mississippi State, or even the one after that, South Carolina, having it on film now and being ready for it?

Nope, he said, and offered a sort of warning shot to future opponents at the same time.

“Now they’ve got to work on it,” he said of defenses preparing for what turned into a 49-yard score for Hughes on his first touch as a Wildcat. “You’ve got stuff out of your wildcat package and we’ve got five or six more. They’re always in the bank. We need to continue to practice and get better at them.”

UK running back Benny Snell talked about his expectations for — and the importance of — a big home crowd for the Wildcats' huge matchup against Mississippi State on Saturday night.

As for his part, Hughes said they worked on it all week and they promised him the play — called “12Fish” for his nickname “Fish” — would be called soon.

“I knew it was going to come, I just didn’t think it was going to come soon enough.”

Once it was called, he saw the end zone. “I knew before the play even started that I was going to score.”

That might be Hughes being “a little overconfident,” Gran said, “which is a great thing.”

UK wide receiver Lynn Bowden talks about the Cats' quarterback, Terry Wilson, as well as contributions from Zy'Aire Hughes and Allen Dailey in Saturday's win over Murray State.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson talks to the media after his team’s 48-10 win over Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

Kentucky wide receiver Zy’Aire Hughes talks about scoring on a 49-yard touchdown off a pass/reverse in 48-10 win over Murray State. A sophomore from Paducah, Hughes had not touched the ball before on offense for the Cats.

Kentucky beats Murray State 48-10 Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are 3-0 with a game against No. 16 Mississippi State next on the schedule.

UK running back Benny Snell says he's looking forward to the Cats' game against Mississippi State at Kroger Field on Saturday night.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s 48-10 win over Murray State. Now 3-0, UK faces Mississippi State next week in a key SEC game.

Kentucky and Murray State's football teams shook hands after the Cats' 48-10 victory at Kroger Field in Lexington on Sept. 15, 2018.

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