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Benny Snell Passed the Torch to Terry Wilson in Governor’s Cup Victory

For the last three years, Kentucky has been Benny Snell’s team.  For the next two, it will be Terry Wilson’s.

In likely his last regular season game as Kentucky Wildcat, Snell scored two touchdowns and posted his 18th career 100-yard game.  While Benny closed in on the school’s rushing record (now 107 yards away), Terry Wilson starred.

Terry Touchdown threw three touchdowns and completed 17-of-23 passes for 261 yards.  He also scored once on the ground and gained 79 yards with his legs.

“He was awesome tonight. He was slinging that thing,” C.J. Conrad said.  “He looked extremely comfortable out there. That’s awesome.  He’s a younger guy, coming from JuCo, only being here less than a year now, it’s going to take some time.  He just feels like as the season’s gone on, he’s getting more and more confident.  You saw that tonight.”

Kentucky fans saw an enlightening performance, one reminiscent of Lamar Jackson’s Governor’s Cup coming-out party.  Jackson racked up 316 yards and three touchdowns in 2015.  Tonight Wilson had 340 yards and four touchdowns.

Comparisons aside, Wilson’s performance provided promise for a bright future.

“I was really pleased with Terry,” Mark Stoops said after the game.  “That’s a tough position to play.  There’s gotta be a lot of good pieces around it, but he was really comfortable.  He threw some really good passes today in some tight windows.  He bought some time with his legs and just really made a lot of good decisions.  It’s really encouraging.”

Wilson was given the Howard Schnellenberger Award for his MVP performance (via @UKFootball).

Halfway through the season, there were uncertainties surrounding Wilson.  Many called for his job after a subpar performance at Texas A&M.  Wilson freely acknowledged he had to work out plenty of kinks.

“When I look back and watch film, there’s been times where I was a bit — not trusting in my reads and not letting it go and not trusting everything,” Wilson said.

Unbeknownst to fans, Wilson was playing through a knee injury and various other bumps and bruises.  Still, he persisted through the criticism and led Kentucky to a game-winning drive drive at Missouri that started his resurgence.

“It’s tough, him being a transfer and coming in and not knowing the lay of the land, his teammates and just playing in general,” said Stoops.  “Being a first-year starter is difficult in college football, in particular in our league.  He’s really grown, stayed the course and stayed steady.  He had some highs and lows. It’s tough. He has to be able to handle that and keep pushing forward.”

As his first season comes to a close, Wilson is playing his best football.

“I feel like I’ve been just playing my game, playing football and letting everything happen.  I’m not trying to force too much.  I’m just playing quarterback.”

Wilson is the first quarterback to lead a Kentucky football team to a nine-win season since Derrick Ramsey in 1977.  It’s quite an accomplishment in his first season, but it’s only the beginning.

“It means a lot, but I feel like that’s the standard that’s being applied here.  I feel like we hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Wilson said.  “There still is growing that we need to do but I feel like we’re coming a long way.”

Benny Snell and Kentucky’s seniors carried the Cats to new heights.  Now the future is in Wilson’s hands.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

27 Comments for Benny Snell Passed the Torch to Terry Wilson in Governor’s Cup Victory

  1. 206Bones
    6:51 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Is Howard doing the “L” down?

  2. lexcatfan2367
    7:53 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Blah. Blah. Blah.

    • If you disagree could you make a substantive argument? What, to you, is inaccurate? It’s an opinion piece, and if you don’t agree, that’s fine, but state why. UL has an awful defense, granted, but I think Terry has grown up a bit the last couple weekd.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:08 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, u mad too.

  3. J. Did
    8:25 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    With the guidance of a sports psychologist, Terry Wilson will be reliably fantastic.

  4. Larkin123
    8:53 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Woodson looked awful at times his soph season. Deer in head lights for both guys. Look out next season if he continues to improves qb IQ and ever starts throwing on time. 4 of the last 5 games you can really see flashes of a much improved offense.

  5. N-UR-i
    9:06 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Enjoy the moment! No need to act like he has arrived after 1 game though. Awesome win, and he played a very good game.

    • J-Dub421
      9:31 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

      It isn’t one game. TW helped us win nine games. Stop being such a wet blanket all the time. All you’ve done for weeks is complain and post “fire Eddie Gran,” so your opinion is pretty much worthless and I wish you would just jump off the bandwagon and go “cheer” for some other team.

    • henderblue
      9:43 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Nice post J-Dub. Wilson has taken a beating in these comment sections all year long, sometimes rightfully so, but he has grown and improved and people who don’t see the talent that he has are on here just to gripe anyway. Such as people like N-UR-I

  6. katmandue2you
    9:40 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Yeah…take it out of your i and stick it up your iiiii’s. Eddie Gran forgot more football than you’ll ever know.

    • henderblue
      9:46 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Eddie Gran did a nice job yesterday of mixing play calls. Something people have been calling for for a while now. Kudos to him

  7. DelrayCat
    9:48 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    That A&M/LSU game was insane. Wow. Just wow.

  8. CoachCat
    10:05 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Cracks me up when people say go cheer for another team. Even funnier when people say Wilson helped us win 9 games. He has one good game against a terrible defense and now the torch has been passed. He’s got talent. He could come out next year and be a totally different player. I hope so. But let’s not forget the defense covered for him and his turnovers on more then one Saturday and Benny had the offense on his back all season.

    • willmenser
      1:20 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s not forget the Florida game either. We don’t win that game without Terry. He was responsible for 21 of our 27 points.

  9. makeitstop
    10:26 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Gran and Wilson deserve credit for the 56 point performance just as much as blame for the one TD per game pace we had the last half of the season until MTSU and UL. And UL did have an abominable defense but we scored more points than anyone but Clemson and GT, and their offense was only held under 10 points once, at UVA. So bad as they are, we beat them worse than anyone on both sides. Saying Wilson won 9 games for them is just hyperbole, though. He won 9 games with them. He was an asset last night, showed what coaches saw in him and he gets credit for a damn good game. Now please, can we stop picking on other UK fans for being grumpy when we lay an egg, and just enjoy 9-3 and eviscerating the dumpster fire program at U6.

  10. makeitstop
    10:27 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Btw what the heck happened w Luke Fortner, did anyone actually see that?

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:16 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

      I dont know. Anyway, 56-10.

  11. CoachCat
    10:59 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    I didn’t see it. I heard he threw a punch

  12. Blue Bill
    11:06 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Where’s Combat Medic???

  13. Blue Bill
    11:06 am November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Hiding in his dark miserable hole no doubt.

  14. notFromhere
    12:07 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Impressed with his improvement. He was only off by a touch on several long throws (due more to defensive holding and PI than His throw). Now that he’s not battling to even play in the spring, I expect his timing with the receivers will be night and day different next year.

  15. kjd
    1:02 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    What we witnessed last night was the Jeff Brohm. Hey, look, Wandale Robinson, we can throw it, as well as, run it. We can open things up against a really bad opponent.
    Yes, great win! It wasn’t all pretty. We were aided by some penalties on a few drives. Hopefully, we will build upon this going into our bowl game.
    With what we have back offensively, we have the potential for a balanced attack.

    • kjd
      8:12 am November 26, 2018 Permalink

      *Jeff Brohm effect*

  16. Alleykat16
    2:53 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    Keep hating haters. I am extremely happy with what I saw last night in our qb and with Coach Gran. A great job by both. 9 wins in this league is hard to do. So with a bowl game win that’s 10 go back in our history and count how many coaches did that here at UK. You can do that with one hand. GO BIG BLUE!

  17. KYCat4EVER
    4:57 pm November 25, 2018 Permalink

    It is Terry Wilson’s best game thus far, against a truly horrendous opponent. It’s always important to examine the glasses you are looking through before making decisions and objective statements.
    Additionally, the O Line and Defense looked good… but we were not playing UGA or UA either… which is where, I hope, we aspire to be someday! Go BIG BLUE!