By LARRY VAUGHT
Give Penn State coach James Franklin credit for not being bashful about giving Kentucky credit for beating his team 27-24 Tuesday in the Citrus Bowl.
Kentucky got a normal big game from running back Benny Snell along with a punt return touchdown and overall terrific game from receiver Lynn Bowden. On defense, All-American Josh Allen had three quarterback sacks, one quarterback hurry and one blocked field goal.
“The three guys that we knew we had to stop were Bowden, Snell and Allen. We knew that. You know, and I think, really, all three of them showed up today,” Franklin said after the game. “We knew Bowden was going to be a problem. We
knew Allen was going to be a problem. We knew Snell was going to be a problem.”
Knowing is one thing. Changing that is another matter.
“They built their program around those guys. They built their season around those guys. There are guys that can hurt you a lot of different ways,” Franklin said.
‘They’re tough, athletic, smart, physical, and they played well, and they made plays at timely situations, like great players do.”
And that’s how Kentucky won a game where it struggled offensively the first half and then let most of a 27-7 lead slip away in the second half.