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Benny Snell sets all-time UK rushing record

Snell also moved up the SEC’s all-time rushing score list and broke another UK record.

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Benny Snell is the new rushing king of Kentucky Football, as broke the record

Snell entered the 2018 season needing to rush for 1,412 yards to pass Sonny Collins (3,835 yards from 1972-75) as the school’s all-time leading rusher. A standout regular season left the junior running back just 107 yards shy of the record entering the Citrus Bowl matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

After going for 43 yards on nine carries in the first half, Snell was well within reach of the record as the second half began. He started the third quarter with a bang, going for a 32-yard run to put Kentucky in Penn State territory, The Wildcats would cap off the drive with a two-yard scoring run that put the Wildcats up 17-7.

That score actually had its own historical significance, as he moved past former LSU Tigers running back Kevin Faulk for third place on the SEC’s all-time rushing score list. He now trails only former Georgia running back Herschel Walker (49) and former Florida quarterback (57) on the all-time rushing score list SEC history.

But the real record Snell was chasing was UK’s all-time rushing yards record, and he broke it in the third quarter on a 12-yard scoring run late in the third quarter, which put Kentucky up up 27-7. He now has 48 career rushing scores as well.

By breaking the 100-yard mark in this game, Snell also broke the school record for most career 100-yard rushing games (19).

This was Snell’s last chance to break records, as he has already declared for the 2019 NFL Draft. He leaves the school as one of the best athletes to ever play at UK, and you can bet he’ll be in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame someday.

Congratulations to Snell on finally setting the record.

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