By LARRY VAUGHT
Benny Snell showed once again that not only can he talk the talk, but he can walk the walk.
Snell said forget the 18 yards rushing that Mississippi State limited him to last year. He said he could run on any team this year because he believed in his offensive line.
Guess what? He was right.
He ran for 165 yards and four touchdowns Saturday night as Kentucky thumped No. 14 Mississippi State 28-7. That’s the same Mississippi State team that returned 17 starters off a team that beat UK 45-7 last year.
But Snell had 55 yards in the first quarter and then just wore the Bulldogs down in the second half as UK went from being down 7-0 to running away from the Bulldogs.
“I could tell they were tired. The defensive line was tired. The safeties weren’t coming up. We wore them out,” Snell said.
He was involved in a bit of pregame chatter at midfield with several State players and often during the game there was talk — Mississippi State was penalized four times for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“It was talk the whole game. It was real dirty talk but we are here to play football, not talk,” Snell, who had a 36-yard touchdown run to push UK’s lead to 21-7.
Snell’s four touchdowns give him 39 at Kentucky and moved him ahead of Randall Cobb as the all-time leader in touchdowns scored at UK.
“He’s Benny. … He’s a dominant player,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said.
Kentucky is now 2-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1977 when UK finished 10-1. Not only does UK have the dominant win over State but its earlier win over then No. 25 Florida looks a lot more impressive after the Gators won 47-21 at Tennessee Saturday night.