Kentucky plays Northwestern Dec. 29th in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Northwestern is led by four-time All-Big Ten running back Justin Jackson, the program’s record holder in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. This season Jackson became just the second player in Big Ten history (Ron Dayne, Wisconsin) and ninth in FBS history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in four-straight seasons.
Jackson was among 12 Northwestern players named to the All-Big Ten Team earlier this week, including three others on offense and eight on defense/special teams. The senior has amassed 1,154 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
Defensively, the ‘Cats rank ninth in the country in rushing defense and 20th in scoring defense (19.8/game). Redshirt first-year linebacker Paddy Fisher leads all FBS rookies with 110 tackles and 62 solo tackles, while ranking seventh in the country with four forced fumbles.
The Wildcats have won two of their last three bowl games. Northwestern earned a 31-24 victory over No. 23 Pittsburgh in the 2016 NewEra Pinstripe Bowl at iconic Yankee Stadium, and a 34-20 triumph over Mississippi State in the 2013 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. The Music City Bowl will be the 14th in program history, of which Pat Fitzgerald has played a role in 12 (two as a student-athlete, two as an assistant coach, eight as head coach).