By LARRY VAUGHT
After running for 192 yards and two touchdowns to move him ahead of Randall Cobb on Kentucky’s all-time rushing touchdown list for freshmen, Benny Snell knew who to credit for his performance in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Missouri.
Snell said the “made the most” of UK’s dominant offensive line play.
“Those guys are great. Guys are down on the sideline and the line is yelling, getting us hype and I’m just grateful for the line we got,” Snell said. “Without a doubt there is way more we can get better on. Way more we can do in the future. Were going to get our rest and Monday we will prepare for the next team.”
Running mate Boom Williams had 182 yards rushing and one touchdown along with a touchdown reception.
“It’s fun. Benny and I doing this thing. He keeps going, going, going and I am waiting for him to get tired. And then it’s my turn,” Williams said. “I want to get in there. Offensive line, wide receivers, everybody did their part and did a great job of blocking. So that’s how me and Benny are able to do what we do once they do their part.”
Missouri defensive lineman Rickey Hatley said his team went for the “kill shot” too much against Snell and Williams.
“You have to wrap them up and just get them down before they go for a long run or a touchdown. That’s real frustrating right there when you’ve been doing good each and every series and all of a sudden you come down and miss a tackle. That can be a real momentum killer,” Hatley said.
Snell had a phenomenal 38 carries due to UK’s success running the football and also senior JoJo Kemp not playing because of a left hand injury suffered last week. He had a cast on his left hand even though he was in full gear on the sideline during the game.
“JoJo, he could play but you could see he’s got a cast on. So, with ball security issues – JoJo was willing to do whatever he could and play hurt or with a cast on. He was an emergency (option), but just with ball security it was an issue,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “So he was ready to go, but those two knew they would probably geared up for a big day.”
The win moved Kentucky not only to 5-3 overall, but 4-2 in conference play with two league games left and still has a chance to win the division title depending on what Florida and Tennessee do.
“We are not thinking about it. It is what it is. For us, we just want to do our part and do what we need to do for us to be in that conversation. For now, our main focus is Georgia and looking forward to the next opportunity we have at home next week and for our home fans,” Williams said.