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Liveblog: Kentucky 27, Penn State 24 (Citrus Bowl)

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Kentucky arrives for the VRBO Citrus Bowl against Penn State at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1, 2019.
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Kentucky arrives for the VRBO Citrus Bowl against Penn State at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1, 2019.

In its first New Year’s Day bowl game since 1999, and second since 1952, Kentucky takes on Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on ABC.

We are live at Camping World Stadium. We’ll be providing updates and scores throughout the game. Scroll down for a dedicated Twitter list.

Final: Kentucky 27, Penn State 24

Final stats

Clutch first downs

Kentucky picks up two key first downs before running the clock down to nine seconds. Punt coming up. UK leads 27-24.

Kentucky holds Penn State to a field goal

The Nittany Lions stalled at the UK 14-yard line. Jake Pinegar, who missed two earlier field goals, boots a 32-yarder through and Kentucky’s lead is now a mere three points, 27-24 with 4:12 remaining. Penn State has run 74 plays to Kentucky’s 49.

Penn State inside UK 20 with 5:21 left

Nittany Lions converted a third-and-10 and have ball at UK 17. Converted a third-and-18 on last drive.

Ought oh, Penn State right back in it

The Nittany Lions put together back-to-back touchdown drives. This one covers 60 yards with McSorley hittiing Pat Friermuth for a 12-yard score with 9:00 left. Kentucky lead down to 27-21. Cats need to get something going again on offense as defense has surprisingly faltered in the fourth quarter. Penn State converted a 3rd-and-18 on that scoring drive.

Penn State not done yet

Nittany Lions march 75 yards in 10 plays with McSorley scoring from a yard out. Kentucky lead now 27-14 with 13:37 left in the game. Despite earlier reports that McSorley has a broken foot, he’s rushed 14 times for 60 yards.

End of 3rd quarter: Kentucky 27, Penn State 7

Stats after three quarters

Benny Snell scores on historic run

The junior running back goes 12 yards for a TD with 1:35 left in the third quarter. That gives him 114 yards on 17 carries. He needed 107 to become school’s all-time rushing leader. Kentucky rolling 27-7 over Penn State.

Check out Mark Story’s Benny Snell watch.

Snell runs his way into UK record book

Lonnie Johnson with interception for UK

The senior cornerback picks off McSorley with 2:32 left in the third quarter.

McSorley back in game

Reports of broken foot or not, McSorley is back in the game for Penn State.

Cats extend lead and Trace McSorley has a broken foot

Kentucky drove from its own 25 to the Penn State six-yard line. The drive stalled and Miles Butler kicked a 28-yard field goal with 3:48 left in third quarter for a 20-7 UK lead. Meanwhile, word is Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely suffered a broken foot in the first half. McSorley completed seven of 17 passes for 95 yards. He ran the ball 10 times for 43 yards.

UK’s Benny Snell now has 102 yards on 16 carries. Needs five more to break career rushing record.

Sean Clifford starts second half at quarterback for Penn State

The redshirt freshman from Cincinnati replaces Trace McSorley, who watched without his helmet during PSU’s first series of the third quarter. The Lions punted after five plays.

Kentucky starts second half with a touchdown drive

Adding to its special teams woes, Penn State’s second half kickoff sailed out of bounds giving UK the ball at the 35. Benny Snell went 32 yards on the first play. A 15-yard personal foul for targeting — Penn State linebacker Cam Brown was ejected — later in the drive gave UK a first down at the PSU 11. Three snaps later, Snell scored on a 2-yard run. Kentucky now up 17-7 with 12:38 left in the third quarter.

Halftime: Kentucky 10, Penn State 7

Josh Allen finished the half with two sacks and a block of a 36-yard field goal attempt by Penn State with 51 seconds left in the half. UK offense is struggling. Cats managed just 87 total yards over the first two periods. Penn State gained 176 total yards. I said the Cats had to rush for 100 yards to win the game. So far, Kentucky rushing total is 58. Benny Snell has 43 yards on nine carries.

Halftime stats

UK can’t take advantage of good field position

Cats’ lead still 10-7 with 7:41 left in the first half. Kentucky wasted good field position, taking over at midfield after Josh Allen’s second sack of the day forced a Penn State punt. Cats went three-and-out. Now Penn State starts at its own 10-yard line. UK has 75 yards total offense. Penn State has 115 yards total offense.

Benny Snell with 43 yards rushing

The UK junior has 43 yards on eight carries with 10:30 left in the first half. Remember, he needs 107 to become the school’s all-time rushing leader. Snell has already announced his intention to enter the NFL draft after this game. Kentucky still up 10-7.

Penn State cuts Kentucky lead to 10-7

PSU freshman KJ Hamler takes a screen pass 41 yards to the UK 1-yard line. Next play, McSorley hits Nick Bowers for a 1-yard touchdown and UK’s lead is now 10-7 with 13:56 left in the first half. The Bowden-Hamler battle was one of my things to look for in this post.

End of first quarter: Kentucky 10, Penn State 0

Lynn Bowden takes it to the house

The UK sophomore goes 58 yards with a punt return for a touchdown to give Kentucky a 10-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

Josh Allen gets sack; Penn State fails to get points

On a third-and-six from the UK 15-yard line, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley is sacked by UK’s Josh Allen for a seven-yard loss. It is Allen’s 15th sack on the season. Nittany Lions’ kicker Jake Prinegar misses a 40-yard field goal and Kentucky’s lead remains 3-0 with 5:00 left in the first quarter.

Kentucky takes early 3-0 lead

Penn State rolls the dice early, going for a fake punt on a fourth-and-two from its own 33. The play gains nothing. UK takes over. Benny Snell goes 16 yards on first carry. Drive stalls, however, and Miles Butler kicks a 28-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 12:23 left in first quarter.

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