UK picked for Citrus Bowl against Penn State


Kentucky Wildcats running back Benny Snell Jr. (26) celebrates after Kentucky defeated the University of Louisville 56-10 at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Rick Childress | Staff

After its best record in 41 years at 9-3, UK will play in the VRBO Citrus Bowl to finish the season against Penn State in Orlando, Florida, on New Year’s Day. The Cats are 2-3 all-time against the Nittany Lions, and the last meeting between the two was in 1999.

UK’s season reached an unprecedented level after the Cats defeated Florida for the first time in over 30 years in Week 2, and again after they blew out in-state rival Louisville to reach nine wins for the first time since 1977.

The Cats have never been to the Citrus Bowl and are reaching a bowl for the third straight year for the first time in school history. They haven’t won a bowl game since 2008, when they took home the Liberty Bowl crown against the East Carolina Pirates.

With this bowl berth, Mark Stoops has now made the third-most bowls by a UK coach in history, behind Rich Brooks (4) and Paul “Bear” Bryant (4).

The game will kick off at 1 p.m. ET and will air on ABC.

CORRECTION: UK made five straight bowl games, from 2006-10. This is the second time in school history the Cats have made a bowl three years in a row.