LEXINGTON, Ky. — When he’s in a thicket of tacklers, Benny Snell’s legs never stop moving forward — his mind never forgets what his dad has always told him.
Never let one man bring you down.
Benjamin Snell rushed for the Ravens and his son willed the Wildcats to a 17-10 win Saturday night against South Carolina.
The junior Snell was handed the ball seven straight times on an 11-play sequence — all rushes — that led to a scoring drive spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter. When it seemed like the whistle had surely been blown, Snell was still moving a massive pile forward.
“I’m never going to let my legs stop,” Snell said after the game. “I gotta win that battle when I fall forward.”
He squeezes his hands together.
“I’ve always gotta win that battle.”
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Snell hardly made a showing in the first half. He had 1 carry for 3 yards going into the locker room. He had 15 rushes and 70 yards in the second half.
It was junior RB Boom Williams who lit up the final stat line. Williams had more than 8 yards per carry, finishing with 123 yards on one less attempt than Snell.
Boom started and Benny closed.
“I’m not going to go there yet,” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said. “(Benny) closed tonight and that was good to see.”
Kentucky’s alliteratively named backs have defined their roles in Gran’s system. Williams loosened up the South Carolina defense, gashing the Gamecocks with explosive runs. Snell was called in from the bullpen to get the last few tough outs.
“It’s real dangerous,” Snell said. “Defenses, I don’t think they know what to do when they got me and him back there like that.”