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Twitter reactions to Kentucky’s Gator Bowl win over NC State

The Cats have now won three straight bowl games!

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The Kentucky Wildcats were back in action Saturday when they faced the NC State Wolfpack in the Gator Bowl, marking their 5th consecutive bowl appearance.

Despite the Wolfpack being 8-3 and ranked No. 23 in the nation, the Cats opened as a 2.5-point favorite heading into the matchup.

The Cats received the ball to start this once giving us our first look at an offense with Vince Marrow calling the plays.

Kentucky put together a nine-minute, 16 play drive that went 68-yards and ended in a field goal, giving the Cats a 3-0 lead.

The Kentucky defense has been excellent at forcing turnovers this season and that started again early as Brandin Echols got an early INT.

That Kentucky drive ended on downs followed by the teams exchanging three straight punts.

However, the Cats were able to get the run game going as they drive 79-yards in 6 plays capped off by a Chris Rodriguez four-yard touchdown run making it 10-0.

Kentucky got the ball back with just over a minute to go in the half and had a TD pass with six seconds remaining called back for an illegal formation.

After settling for a FG, the Cats were able to take a 13-0 lead into halftime.

NC State received the ball to start the second half and drove into FG range but for the second time it was missed keeping it 13-0.

After a Kentucky punt, the Wolfpack drove 76-yards in 13 plays to find the end zone and make it a 13-7 game heading into the 4th quarter.

After a NC State punt, the Cats had excellent field position but unfortunately had to punt themselves.

However, on the first play after the punt Yusuf Corker made a great play and got Kentucky’s second INT of the day.

The offense responded with a seven-play drive that resulted in three points, making this a two-score game at 16-7 with just under six minutes to play.

On the kickoff, the Cats were called for two separate unsportsmanlike conduct penalties giving NC State great field position.

They took advantage of that scoring in three plays to make it 16-14 with 4:46 to go.

Kentucky’s offense went three-and-out, but once again Kentucky’s defense saved the day as Jamin Davis got the third interception of the day off a deflection.

On the very next play, Chris Rodriguez takes it 26-yards to the house to make it 23-14 Cats.

NC State was able to drive down the field and find the end zone to make it 23-21. However, the Cats recovered the onside kick and kneeled out the clock to win their 3rd straight bowl game.

This was a great way to kick off 2021 while also ending the 2020 season on a high note given all the adversity Kentucky faced throughout the year.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:

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