Throughout the lead-in to the Belk Bowl, its official Twitter account regularly described it as the Best Bowl. We all thought the account was being facetious. It turns out that social media professional was actually a soothsayer.
Kentucky and Virginia Tech produced fireworks from start to to finish at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. A matchup many believed would be a good game transformed into a great game thanks to pregame festivities.
Entering bowl season Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports ranked it as the No. 16 most-anticipated game of the season. When the dust settled, the Belk Bowl was the best bowl of college football’s postseason.
Our lone walk-off winner. Well, it was almost a walk-off winner. This was a rare occasion where a team not only scored the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds but tacked on another score with a fumble return as time expired to rub it in (and simultaneously break the heart of anybody holding a ticket that has “Under 46” written on it). Lynn Bowden ran the ball down defenses throats all season long despite the fact every defense he faced knew it was exactly what he was going to do, but then he busted out the 13-yard touchdown pass to Josh Ali with 15 seconds left to win the game and catapult the Belk Bowl to No. 1 in our 2019-20 Bowl Season Rankings. This in the last Belk Bowl for the foreseeable future.
If you need to be reminded why Fornelli ranked the Belk Bowl as the No. 1 bowl of the 2019 postseason, block off eight minutes, dim the lights, turn up the volume and enjoy KyWildcatsTV’s recap of the 37-30 victory over Virginia Tech.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) January 7, 2020