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Benny Snell on record-breaking touchdown run in the Citrus Bowl: “Everything went silent”

On January 1, 2019, former Kentucky superstar running back Benny Snell made history.

With a 12-yard touchdown rush late in the third quarter against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, the former Wildcat crossed the 107-yard threshold to surpass Sonny Collins and become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher.

In preparation of UK Sports Network’s new Kentucky Classics series – they replayed the Citrus Bowl broadcast on Friday evening – Snell sat down for an interview to break down the historic moment and how the record-breaking touchdown run came to fruition.

“I knew that I was close. Like, I felt that I probably had 70 or 80 yards. I felt I was close, but not there yet,” Snell said of the lead-up to the moment. “We continue running the ball and running the ball, and we got that first down where we’re in goal line range now. I’m starting to hear the chants. It was the “Benny” chants. I could just feel it.”

Next, he had two requests, one for Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and the other for former offensive lineman Bunchy Stallings.

For Gran, he wanted rushing opportunities to continue his way. For Stallings, he just needed a single block.

“I told Coach Gran, “You’ve got to know. You’ve got to know.” And he definitely knew,” Snell said. “He called that inside zone, and I remember right before the play, I looked at Bunchy [Stallings] and said, “You’ve just got to secure that block. All you’ve got to do is secure that block and let me squeeze right through.” And that’s exactly what he did.”

From there, everything went silent for the former Kentucky star.

He found the gap, broke through, and jogged into the end zone to make history.

“He secured that [block], I hit it, and I just remember when I was running, everything went silent,” Snell said. “I couldn’t hear nothing until I got in the end zone and got down on my knees. Then everything came back. I could hear all the yelling, I just said, “Thank you God.” I’m so happy I was able to do it. Thankful for my offensive line.”

With 144 total rushing yards in his final game as a Wildcat, Snell finished his three-year career with 3,873 yards, a record that will be difficult to break anytime soon.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

6 Comments for Benny Snell on record-breaking touchdown run in the Citrus Bowl: “Everything went silent”

  1. cats646
    4:19 pm April 11, 2020 Permalink

    SNELL. YEA.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU BENNY!!

  2. Cletis75
    6:44 pm April 11, 2020 Permalink

    Big time, big play, big game Benny! Benny the beast, makes it hard to even remember we missed on the in-state 5* that went to Bama! What’s his name?

  3. Papaw
    7:59 pm April 11, 2020 Permalink

    I was at that game. Loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd

  4. bbn606
    8:14 pm April 11, 2020 Permalink

    Iconic moment in the history UK football.

  5. FloridaCat88
    9:35 pm April 11, 2020 Permalink

    I was at that end of the field in the corner when that happened.. ended up huggin a couple people i don’t know lol

  6. UKgrad80
    12:39 pm April 12, 2020 Permalink

    Love me some Benny!!