He went out with a bang, running 32 times for 157 yards and two TDs.
But as it did on the Queiro pick-6 Northwestern's defense rose to the occasion, clinching the team's 10th win of the season.
"Why not go for the win", Fitzgerald said in explaining his decision to go for it on fourth down late in the game. "There's a lot of plays you can go back and look and there were opportunities, but I was very proud of how Stephen led us back". That led to a quick five play drive by Northwestern for 55 yards and capped off by a 2 yard touchdown by Justin Jackson.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made it back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in program history as the Wildcats beat Kentucky at the Music City Bowl on Friday. Matt Alviti took over and finished the drive to give NU a 10-7 edge. "That's a foul." The impression by nearly everyone who saw the replay was that Snell merely declined the referee's gesture to help him up after Snell was tackled by five Northwestern defenders.
Kentucky gave up 425 yards per game this season.
24-yard pass from Jeremy Larkin along the sideline after handing off to him.
Johnson drove the Cats down the field and on first-and-goal, ran it in for a touchdown.
Jackson moved into 10th on the NCAA's all-time rushing list with a school-record 5,440 yards.
After the game, the official who ejected Snell explained the decision to a pool reporter saying, "I was on top of the play. The doctors wouldn't let him play if he was injured and I think Stephen knows the difference between pain and injury and believe me, he's pushed it to the limit as far as any player I've been around, in particular a quarterback". The outcry against the call was intense and included the likes of Tim Tibow and Andre Ware. "I don't need help getting up". The combined yardage set a Belk Bowl record, as did the combined points and total plays (190). There were several other questionable calls from the Pac 12 crew.
NU's best defensive player, linebacker Paddy Fisher, got ejected for targeting with 22 seconds left in the half.
However, sometimes things don't work out, and Johnson's two-point conversion pass to Tavin Richardson was incomplete as the pass went through Richardson's fingers. It would have set up a field goal attempt but the United Kingdom sideline was flagged for complaining to the officials pushing them too far away for an attempt. Johnson was seen hollering at the officials as he headed to the locker room before halftime. Kentucky relied upon his backup, Drew Barker, during Johnson's absence.
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