Benny Snell had himself a day at Kroger Field, contributing 19 carries for 103 rushing yards in Kentucky’s 27-16 victory over EKU. Today’s game marked the sixth time Snell has surpassed 100 yards, doing so in five of the last seven home games. Snell is now ranked as the 28th all-time rusher in program history with 1,261 career yards.
And what makes all of this even more impressive? Doing it with a rib injury.
Snell initially left the game early in the first quarter with an apparent rib injury. He was quickly taken to the locker room and X-rayed. Luckily for the star running back, everything came back clear.
“Those can be painful injuries. They X-rayed him, and they were negative,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “He’s fine – it comes down to a bruise. But those bruised ribs get very sore. He came back and fought hard and helped us.”
“When it happened, I’ve never felt a pain like that before,” Snell said. “It felt bruised, and I needed the first half to get loose and to get used to the feeling. Second half, I’m all gucci.”
After taking most of the first half off, Snell came back to have a monstrous second half. Of his 103 rushing yards, 100 came in the back half of the game.
“You know I don’t like being out,” Snell said. “And when I was just watching, you know, that’s a team we shouldn’t lose to. That second half I knew my team needed me, so I had to get it in.
How does Snell feel now?
“It’s bruised. They gave me medicine that brought down the pain a little bit. I’m ready for South Carolina.”