Kentucky football’s Cat Walk before the Citrus Bowl in Orlando
Instant analysis from No. 14 Kentucky’s 27-24 win over No. 12 Penn State:
How the game was won
Benny Snell ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns and Josh Allen sacked Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley three times and blocked a field goal as Kentucky held off a determined Penn State rally to record its 10th win of the season.
1. Josh Allen. Cemented his standing in UK football lore with one more stellar performance.
2. Benny Snell. Ran his way past Sonny Collins into the UK record book.
3. UK special teams. A blocked field goal, a punt-return touchdown and some stellar Max Duffy punting were a big part of Kentucky’s win.
4. Terry Wilson. The resume of the first-year Kentucky starting QB is going to look pretty stellar in the Wildcats record books.
5. Boogie Watson. Forcing Penn State to kick a field goal on its final drive by knocking down that Trace McSorley pass is one of the biggest plays in Kentucky football history.
6. Eddie Gran. Got a lot smarter after halftime, didn’t he?
7. Mark Stoops. A 10-win season, a New Year’s Day bowl win and a victory over an old-line football power like Penn State. Pretty good day for the UK head coach.
8. Trace McSorley. Penn State quarterback is an absolute gamer.
1. No one is running gassers.
Seven. Of Kentucky’s 10 wins in the 2018 season, seven came over teams that played in bowl games: Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Middle Tennessee State, Penn State.
For the VRBO Citrus Bowl, Kentucky wore silver chrome helmets, white jerseys with blue numbers and letters and white pants. In both of UK’s prior two bowls, the 2016 TaxSlayer vs. Georgia Tech and last season’s Music City against Northwestern, UK wore blue helmets — and lost.
▪ In a crowd of 59,167, Kentucky fans appeared to have a slight advantage over Penn State backers in the stands.