COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kentucky notched its finest rushing performance in more than 60 years Saturday against Missouri.
The Wildcats, behind freshman Benny Snell and junior Boom Williams, ran for 377 yards — the most since a 409-yard performance in a November 1953 game against Vanderbilt.
Snell’s 192 yards rushing yards were the most for a freshman in a game in school history. His eighth score passed Randall Cobb for most rushing touchdowns by a Kentucky freshman. His 38 carries were the most by a Kentucky since Artose Pinner’s 31 attempts in 2003.
None of the above meant too much for Snell.
“This is the first I’m hearing of it, but I don’t feel anything,” he said after the game. “I just feel like I can do better and there’s things we need to go back and fix, but I’m very happy about this win.”
The 38 carries is the stat Williams, his backfield partner, might’ve noticed the most.
“When Benny’s in there going, going going, I’m waiting for him to get tired. It’s my turn now,” Williams joked. “I’m waiting to get in.”
Williams added 182 of his own on just 19 carries, a whopping 9.6 yards per carry.
The duo of Benny and Boom became the first pair in school history to surpass more than 175 yards apiece in an SEC game.
But coach Mark Stoops gave the game ball to the offensive line.
“I think the world of them, I made the most of it,” Snell said of his blockers. “Those guys are great. Guys are down on the sideline and the line is yelling, getting us hyped. I’m just grateful for the line we got.”
The Wildcats have rushed for 250 yards or more against their last three conference opponents.
Offensive identity is no longer an issue.
“You see the run game and you see how it helps a program,” Stoops said. “You have to be able to have that physicality. I’ve talked about that since Day 1. It’s a process to get there that nobody wants to go through and wait, but we weren’t ever discouraged.”