On Saturday afternoon, Kentucky’s elite stable of talent in the backfield broke the school’s single-game rushing record in a 50-7 victory over UT Martin.
Led by Lynn Bowden with 129 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, the Wildcats finished with a total of 462 rushing yards, breaking Kentucky’s previous record of 446 yards set in 1951. It was also the second consecutive game for UK over the 400-yard mark.
In the victory, Kentucky had five different players with a rushing touchdown, the most since 2007 vs. Kent State, while six players managed 40 yards or more. They also averaged 10.3 yards per rushing attempt, a school record and the 11th best single-game mark in SEC history.
After Kentucky’s dominant rushing performance on Saturday, KSR caught up with the program’s all-time leading rusher, Benny Snell, following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 16-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Was Snell, who holds the Kentucky record for most career rushing yards, jealous that he wasn’t he wasn’t included in the fun against UT Martin?
“Ooh, ooh…” Snell told KSR as he learned his successors had broken the single-game rushing record. “I’m not jealous at all, I’m happy. I hope my boy AJ Rose, young [Chris] Rodriguez, young [Kavosiey Smoke], I hope you all hear this. I hope you all see this. I’m proud of you all. I’m proud. Twin [Lynn Bowden], you’ve been doing your thing at quarterback, you know what I’m saying? I hope they keep it going.”
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) November 25, 2019
In three years at Kentucky, Snell broke 14 program records, including career rushing yards (3,873, 100-yard rushing games (19), total touchdowns scored (48), rushing touchdowns in a game (four), and consecutive games with a rushing TD (6 in ’17), among others.
And during Snell’s record-shattering career, Kentucky running backs AJ Rose, Kavosiey Smoke, and Chris Rodriguez, along with Lynn Bowden, all learned under the Wildcat legend.
Snell said that while his time in Pittsburgh makes him physically apart from his successors in Lexington, he has still followed this season closely to see how they have performed.
“They’re all coming along, it makes me happy and very proud,” Snell told KSR. “I can look back at the games, I can be in the hotel watching the games, and I see the rushing yards go up. I see touchdown this, touchdown that from all of my [running] backs. Those are my guys. I’m proud, I’m proud, I’m proud. I can’t stress that enough.”
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) November 26, 2019
— _SmokeThe?_ (@_KS20_) November 25, 2019
On Sunday, Snell put on a show himself, finishing with a career-high 98 yards on 21 carries, including a critical 13-yard dash around the left end to set up a victory formation.
It was a performance that earned the respect of his head coach, Mike Tomlin.
"Can't say enough about the contributions of Benny Snell" — Mike Tomlin said the rookie RB was a catalyst for positivity in the run game. #Steelers
— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) November 26, 2019
Snell and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET, while Kentucky will take on Louisville on Saturday at noon.