The Wildcats ran wild against the highly favored Mississippi State Bulldogs in a 28-7 win at Kroger Field.
The game was an all-out war between the two teams as both battled it out on a rain-drenched field.
The Bulldogs threw the first punch scoring first early in the second quarter, however, the Wildcats punched back and tied the game up at seven right before half.
The second half was all about the Wildcats, as Kentucky jumped on the Bulldogs throat and never let up closing out the game with scoring 21 unanswered and winning 28-7.
Benny Snell was the leader on the ground for Kentucky tonight going for 165 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Benny proved to be too much for Mississippi State and the rest of the country who have doubted Snell since day one.
On the other side of the ball, Kentucky was lights out against the Bulldogs holding Mississippi State to only 201 total yards, and only 56 on the ground.
Coach Stoops had this to say about the win over Mississippi State-
“Like to start just by saying what a special night on all fronts, truly a great night. I want to start by thanking the Big Blue Nation. That is what I’m talking about when I say it takes all of us. They made a difference, the fans made a difference, the students made a difference. Greatly appreciate the support. The team — I told you all along that I love this team, because of the way they prepare and go about their business. We talked all week, it was going to start again in the trenches, physical, the more physical team was going to win. We talked all week about winning your one-on-one matchups wherever they were going to be. And then situational football, two-minute drives, third down, red zone, critical series. And that’s what we did. Arguably one of the most complete games since I’ve been here in just appreciating the team’s approach. And there’s nothing cocky about this team, but they absolutely expected to play like this and that’s the way they prepared and that’s the way they’re going about their business and that’s what I love about this team. The last thing I would like to say is, I’m glad we played well for Marco and the Shemwell family. We’re going to bring this game ball to them tomorrow for Marco and the Shemwell family and I’m so glad that we played well in honor of him and that family’’
Benny Snell on the win-
“I don’t want to say I love it, because this is an every week thing. The titles in the media, they get to put a certain way. And then another team, this has happened three weeks in a row, another player, they feel like they’re being targeted, so they want to say something. I’m proud and happy about this offense, we can go against anybody and I’m just speaking facts.”
Kash Daniel on the defense-
“We won this game on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through all week of preparation. Everybody was laser light focused and came in knowing what we were about to face. We came out and did our thing.”
Kentucky won a hard-fought football game today and one that will carry the program to uncharted territory.
Kentucky will take on South Carolina, Saturday night at 7:30 at Kroger Field.
The Wildcats will look to carry the momentum from this win onto next Saturday with the Gamecocks.