The Citrus Bowl was not for the faint of heart.
The first half was a defensive battle that resulted in only one touchdown as the Kentucky Wildcats led 10-7 at the break. The third quarter belonged to the Wildcats as well as they scored 17 unanswered points to build a 27-7 lead.
However, the fourth quarter was all Penn State Nittany Lions as they scored on three consecutive drives to cut the score to 27-24. Quarterback Trace McSorley reportedly broke injured foot before returning to the game to take complete control of the final period.
Luckily for the Wildcats, just as it had been all season, the defense was just strong enough to hold Penn State’s final drive to a field goal to maintain the lead. Benny Snell and the offense were able to power through and run out the final four minutes on the ground to lead Kentucky to their first 10-win season since 1977.
Benny Snell broke multiple records during the Citrus Bowl. He also was able to grind out a final drive to run out the clock. Lynn Bowden made several big plays, including a punt return for a touchdown.
But the MVP is certainly Josh Allen. He had three sacks to extend his career record (31.5) and his single-season record (17) at UK, and he also came up with a crucial field goal block in the first half.
Josh Allen is arguably the best football player to ever suit up for the Kentucky Wildcats. If Allen could possibly make a case to jump Nick Bosa for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, he did so today. He was the MVP of this game, of this special season, and of his entire UK career.
And here’s a look at Benny Snell setting the all-time UK rushing record: