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Lynn Bowden breaks a QB rushing record; nearly breaks another

Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel are the kind of names Lynn Bowden has company with now.

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With Tuesday’s historic win in the Belk Bowl, Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden also surpassed Johnny Manziel’s record of most rushing yards in a bowl game by a quarterback.

Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner, had 229 rushing yards in Texas A&M’s win over Oklahoma during the 2013 season. Bowden, playing in his final game in the Belk Bowl, had 233 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the 37-30 win over Virginia Tech. He also threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Josh Ali.

The junior signal caller finished the 2019 season with 1,468 rushing yards, the second most in SEC history for a quarterback behind Auburn’s Cam Newton who had 1,473 yards. Even more amazing is the fact that Bowden did it in just eight games and still rushed for more yards this season than Benny Snell did in 2018 (1,449).

This year’s Paul Hornung Award winner once again proved his versatility against Virginia Tech as the Belk Bowl MVP played quarterback and also returned a kickoff and punt against the Hokies. Bowden led Kentucky’s run-first offense to an 8-5 record and back-to-back bowl game victories with last year’s Citrus Bowl win against Penn State.

Per postgame comments from Bowden and Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, Bowden called an audible from the line of scrimmage to connect with Ali for the game-winner - just the third UK touchdown pass since September 14th. The game’s final drive consisted of 18 plays for 85 yards and took 8:10 off the clock in the final quarter.

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