Steelers Preview Capsule
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (9-6-1)
New faces: LB Devin Bush, WR Donte Moncrief, CB Steven Nelson, LB Mark Barron, WR Diontae Johnson, CB Justin Layne, RB Benny Snell Jr.
Kentucky seeks to build on success after a 10-win season
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows that duplicating last season's success is asking a lot.
After all, the Wildcats won 10 games for the first time since 1977 — including...
Kentucky coach Stoops gets Florida question -- again
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky ended its 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Now, coach Mark Stoops was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about whether the Wildcats were ready to start a...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The same words kept popping up as James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell Jr. talked. Words such as "we" and "us" and "relationships" and "my guys."
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. highlighted a busy final day at the NFL draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh selected Snell with their fourth-round pick,...
Snell runs wild, No. 16 Kentucky holds off No. 13 Penn State
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Winning 10 games, beating Penn State on New Year's Day, and finishing in the Top 20 is no small deal for the Kentucky Wildcats.
So when Mark Stoops took a seat on the podium flanked by linebacker Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell Jr. after Tuesday's 27-24 victory in the Citrus Bowl, the coach understandably was beyond excited.
"It was extremely important to this team, to all of us, to come home with some hardware, to come home with a trophy," Stoops said.
Kentucky’s Benny Snell Jr. leaving early for NFL draft
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. says he'll skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but will play in the Wildcats' New Year's Day bowl game.
Snell announced his decision in a video posted to Twitter on Friday. He thanks the school's fans for making Kentucky feel like home, but said "there comes a time you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That's what I'm about to do."
No. 17 Kentucky blows out archrival Louisville 56-10
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With room to run and time to throw against Louisville, Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson had it easy living up to his nickname as "Terry Touchdown."
The No. 17 Wildcats found a similarly smooth path toward earning Bluegrass bragging rights.
Wilson accounted for 340 yards and four touchdowns, Benny Snell Jr. rushed for two scores and Kentucky blew out archrival Louisville 56-10 on Saturday night in the Governor's Cup.
Bluegrass supremacy at stake for No. 17 Kentucky, Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — No. 17 Kentucky's impressive record and gaudy defensive statistics suggest it should be able to impose its will on struggling archrival Louisville.
The bowl-bound Wildcats (8-3) aren't buying into those presumed advantages and expect a challenge from the Cardinals (2-9) in Saturday night's battle for the Governor's Cup. This is a rivalry game, after all, where anything's possible.
No. 17 Kentucky tries to reach 9 wins for 1st time since ’77
No. 17 Kentucky (8-3, No. 15 CFP) at Louisville (2-9), 7 p.m. EST (ESPN2).
Line: Kentucky by 16½.
Series record: Series tied at 15.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The winner claims the Governor's Cup and Bluegrass bragging rights. Having secured a third consecutive bowl berth, the Wildcats seek their most regular-season wins since 1977 and second series victory in three years. The Cardinals seek to end an eight-game losing streak with their seventh series win in eight meetings.
No. 20 Kentucky hosts MTSU, looking to end two-game slide
Middle Tennessee (7-3) at No. 20 Kentucky (7-3, No. 17 CFP), noon EST (SEC alternate).
Line: Kentucky by 16.
Series record: Kentucky leads, 2-0
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Blue Raiders seek their first five-game winning streak since 2013 along with their first series win against Kentucky. The Wildcats meanwhile aim to halt a two-game slide that ended Southeastern Conference play. They also seek their first eight-win season since 2007.
No. 6 Georgia tops No. 11 Kentucky 34-17 to clinch SEC East
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Georgia believed it had a point to prove.
Bulldogs running backs D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield spent all week hearing about the rushing prowess of Kentucky's Benny Snell Jr. Georgia's defensive players kept fielding questions about their inability to stop the run or rush the passer consistently.
No. 12 Kentucky looks to run past Missouri in road contest
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — No. 12 Kentucky made its offensive identity crystal clear last week in a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt.
Quarterback Terry Wilson threw for 18 yards on just 3-for-9 passing. Runningback Benny Snell Jr. dashed for 169 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries.
Running the ball is what Kentucky does. The Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) will bring of the nation's strongest rushing attacks to Missouri (4-3, 0-3 SEC) on Saturday.
No. 12 Kentucky looks to keep pace atop SEC East vs Missouri
No. 12 Kentucky (6-1, 4-1 SEC) at Missouri (4-3, 0-3), 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
Line: Missouri by 7.
Series record: Kentucky leads 5-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Wildcats need a road victory to go into their Nov. 3 matchup against No. 7 Georgia tied for first in the SEC East. The Tigers are looking for a statement victory to turn their winless conference record around.
Snell’s late TD helps No. 14 Kentucky escape Vanderbilt 14-7
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's hope of winning with style coming out of an off week quickly evolved into doing whatever it could to get past Vanderbilt.
The No. 14 Wildcats eventually succeeded behind the reliable combination of running back Benny Snell Jr. and a fierce, opportunistic defense that wouldn't break.
Snell rushed for 169 yards, including the go-ahead 7-yard run with 8:04 remaining that helped Kentucky pull away for a 14-7 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
’Bama’s Tagovailoa, LSU’s Orgeron among SEC best in 1st half
It's no surprise that top-ranked Alabama is once again the class of the Southeastern Conference halfway through the season. And considering his ample talent, the emergence of Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as an offensive force could have been easily predicted.
The rest of the SEC has produced a myriad of surprises, superlatives and disappointments through the season's first seven weeks.
AP All-America Watch: Kentucky’s big cat; ND’s disruptive DT
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason team. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The fourth All-America watch of the season features the speedy 'Cat for No. 13 Kentucky, a disruptive Notre Dame pass rusher and Oregon's anchor on the offensive line.
No. 17 Kentucky tops South Carolina 24-10 to remain unbeaten
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — For one half, No. 17 Kentucky's offense showed the intensity that helped earn its first Top 25 in nearly 11 years. When things sputtered afterward against South Carolina, the Wildcats' defense rose to the challenge with clutch plays to ensure their new-found status ended on a high note.
No. 17 Kentucky seeks fifth win in a row over South Carolina
South Carolina (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at No. 17 Kentucky (4-0, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network).
Line: Kentucky by 1½.
Series record: South Carolina leads 17-11-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
South Carolina looks to go over .500 in SEC play and end a four-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Off to its best start in a decade and ranked for the first time since November 2007, Kentucky aims to remain unbeaten.
Several SEC running backs making their presence felt
Power football is alive and well in the Southeastern Conference with several backs putting up impressive numbers running through and around defenders.
Kentucky's Benny Snell Jr. is one of four SEC backs ranked in the top 20 in rushing yardage per game. Snell is third, Mississippi's Scottie Phillips is 13th, Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams is 18th and LSU's Nick Brossette is 20th.
Unbeaten and No. 17 Kentucky savoring best start since 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Benny Snell Jr. has answered every challenge with a punishing rushing performance that further stokes the Kentucky running back's confidence.
The junior is getting plenty of chances thanks to the Wildcats' relentless defense, a strong combination that has the unbeaten program off to its best start in a decade.
Snell leads Kentucky past No. 14 Mississippi State 28-7
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Short touchdown runs that put Kentucky ahead turned out being just the start for Benny Snell Jr. The junior running back took his game up a notch with a pair of longer TDs that not only earned a couple Wildcats records, but put the exclamation point on a thorough upset of No. 14 Mississippi State.
Kentucky ends 31-game losing streak against Florida, 27-16
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Receiver Dorian Baker leaped into the stands to celebrate with friends, family members and fans. Several teammates grabbed an oversized Kentucky flag and started waving it back and forth. Others posed for pictures with band members and cheerleaders.
Cornerback Derrick Baity emerged from the tunnel to watch, carrying his young son Champ.
No. 25 Florida looks to make it 32 straight against Kentucky
Kentucky (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 25 Florida (1-0, )-0 SEC), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network).
Line: Florida by 13½.
Series record: Florida leads 51-17.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The nation's longest current streak in an uninterrupted series. Florida has won 31 consecutive games against Kentucky, including a 28-27 victory last year in which the Gators overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats last beat Florida in 1986 and haven't won in Gainesville since 1979.
Kentucky overcomes 4 turnovers, beats Central Michigan 35-20
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Looking ripe for an upset because it kept coughing up the football, Kentucky eventually tightened its grip on it as well as Central Michigan.
The Wildcats' depth on both sides of the ball also helped them avoid a potential disaster.
A.J. Rose and Benny Snell Jr. each rushed for two touchdowns, Gunnar Hoak came off the bench to throw the go-ahead TD pass and Kentucky overcame four first-half turnovers to beat Central Michigan 35-20 in its season opener on Saturday.
Kentucky’s Benny Snell ejected for contact with referee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. has been ejected from the Music City Bowl after making contact with the referee after a 7-yard loss in the second quarter.
Northwestern looks for big win vs. Kentucky at Music City
No. 20 Northwestern (9-3) vs. Kentucky (7-5), Friday, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Line: Northwestern by 7 1/2
Series Record: Northwestern leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Northwestern can win back-to-back bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. The Wildcats can also notch a 27th win for their senior class and finish with 10 wins for the third time in six seasons.
Music City Bowl Matchup
Kentucky (7-5, Southeastern Conference) vs. No. 20 Northwestern (9-3, No. 21 College Football Playoff, Big Ten), Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
LOCATION: Nashville, Tennessee
Kentucky: RB Benny Snell Jr., 1,318 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns, 5.1 yards per carry
Northwestern: RB Justin Jackson, 1,154 yards rushing, nine touchdowns, 4.5 yards per carry
Kentucky, Snell relishing second 1,000-yard rushing season
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Benny Snell has carried the football a lot for Kentucky this season and wonders if he's done enough.
The Wildcat sophomore is on a tear and notched several program milestones.
Snell, King lead Kentucky to win at Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With the kind of numbers Benny Snell is putting up, it's hard to believe he's a sophomore.
The Kentucky running back rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns and Sihiem King added two rushing TDs, leading Kentucky to a 44-21 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 SEC) improved its bowl stock while keeping Vanderbilt (4-6, 0-6) winless in the conference standings.
Johnson’s TD run rallies Kentucky past Tennessee 29-26
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson shrugged off the injured left shoulder that briefly sidelined him by returning to the game for even more punishment.
The senior showed his toughness on the game-winning touchdown run in which he dove for the end zone and landed backward on the non-throwing shoulder. Johnson happily bounced back up as if nothing happened, symbolizing the Wildcats' resilience against Tennessee.
MacGinnis’ 4 FGs help Kentucky survive Missouri 40-34
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Outscoring opponents is all that matters to Kentucky after another tense victory that came down to the final play.
The Wildcats can also feel good about getting back on track in Southeastern Conference play as they enter a bye.
Austin MacGinnis kicked four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, and Stephen Johnson and Benny Snell each had two touchdowns as Kentucky outlasted Missouri 40-34 in a back-and-forth marathon Saturday night.
Kentucky doesn't put up astronomical numbers on the scoreboard, nor does it have a stifling defense that shuts opposing offenses down from the opening kickoff.
But the Wildcats put up numbers in the area that counts the most: the wins column.
Kentucky rebounds to outlast Eastern Michigan 24-20
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — On the brink of letting another game slip away, Kentucky thwarted Eastern Michigan's last-ditch rally quest on Mike Edwards' end-zone interception in the final seconds.
The Wildcats made a few clutch plays against the Eagles, which were necessary on a day they again struggled for consistency. And they'll take moving on from a not-so-pretty win after having to pick up the pieces from their devastating loss to Florida.
Kentucky used the ground game to dominate the clock and ultimately the game.
Kentucky beat South Carolina 23-13 on the legs of sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr.
Snell carried 32 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats dominated time of possession 36:49 to 23:11.
Snell’s 2 TDs lead Kentucky to 23-13 win over Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is tired of getting overlooked in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats took big strides to ending that perception against South Carolina on Saturday night.
Kentucky won its fourth straight over South Carolina, overcoming the Gamecocks' quick start to take control with two touchdowns from Benny Snell Jr. and several key defensive stops for its first 3-0 start since 2010.
Kentucky scored 10 points in the fourth-quarter to seal a come-from-behind 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky.
Wildcats quarterback Stephen Johnson was 15-for-22 for 224 yards and one touchdown. Running back Benny Snell Jr. carried 19 times for 103 yards and a score.
Eastern Kentucky led 13-10 at the half, but Kentucky outscored them 17-3 in the second half to seize control.
Defense leads Kentucky to 24-17 win over Southern Miss
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops freely acknowledges his team's offense wasn't very good on Saturday. If it weren't for a few well-timed forced fumbles by the defense, the Wildcats could have left Southern Mississippi's stadium with a very empty feeling.
But that didn't happen: Kentucky clawed its way to a hard-fought 24-17 road victory over Southern Miss.
With the result he wanted in hand, Stoops wasn't going to spend much time dwelling on the negative.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Benny Snell Jr.'s initial plan to ease into college life and big-time SEC football has quickly evolved into the sophomore assuming responsibilities as Kentucky's main running back.
Kentucky overcomes Austin Peay 49-13, becomes bowl eligible
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Nothing about Kentucky's quest toward respectability was easy, and the win that finally put the Wildcats back in the postseason for the first time in six years required overcoming initial adversity.
They regrouped by halftime and now look forward to playing in December for a change.
Kentucky piles up yards in 35-21 win against porous Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kentucky running backs Benny Snell and Boom Williams were just infants in 1999 when the Wildcats won three consecutive Southeastern Conference games.
Saturday, their performance helped Kentucky accomplish that feat for the first time in 17 years.
Kentucky survives Vanderbilt 20-13 behind strong ground game
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky focused more on the outcome than the aesthetics against Vanderbilt, taking the most pride in the clutch plays that made it happen.
Stephen Johnson rushed for a touchdown and converted a big fourth-and-1 play late in the game leading to Austin MacGinnis' 28-yard field goal, and the Wildcats' defense stifled the Commodores late to survive with a 20-13 victory on Saturday.
Kentucky-Alabama Preview Capsule
Kentucky (2-2, 1-1 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (4-0, 1-0), 12 p.m. (SEC Network)
Line: Alabama by 35.
Series Record: Alabama leads 36-2-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Alabama wants to remain hot before facing three straight Top-20 opponents. Kentucky is seeking its first win in Tuscaloosa and third straight victory this season.
Kentucky beats South Carolina for third straight time, 17-10
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Boom Williams and Benny Snell Jr. once again put on an impressive rushing show for Kentucky, as Williams set the tone and Snell applied the exclamation point to a much-needed win for the Wildcats.
Snell scored the go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard midway through the fourth quarter, Williams broke a 43-yard TD and Kentucky held off South Carolina 17-10 on Saturday night for their third straight series victory over the Gamecocks.