As first reported by Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio hours prior to the game, Benny Snell was battling an illness on Saturday. Snell missed the pregame meal with his team and there were slight concerns that he may not be able to go at game time.
The Cats’ star running back did go, though, and played a very good game. He finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead his team on the ground in the win.
Afterward, Mark Stoops said, “He had a virus last night. He had a temperature and a viral infection. Jim (Madeleno, the team doctor) thought it would be okay overnight — we were watching him — but he woke up and wasn’t feeling great, so they took him to the hospital and gave him a bag of fluids and checked him out.”
Did anyone really think a little Friday night vomiting and Saturday morning weakness would keep Benny from running all over Central Michigan? It would take a lot more than that to keep him out of his first game back since the Music City Bowl ejection, against an opponent that called him out earlier in the week. Imagine what he would’ve done if he had been 100 percent.