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Virginia Tech falls to Kentucky in Belk Bowl, 37-30

The Wildcats beat the Hokies, 37-30

Lynn Bowden Jr. #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Lynn Bowden Jr. #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (2019 Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It came down to the wire, but the University of Kentucky came back against Virginia Tech to win the Belk Bowl.

In defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s final game, the Hokies defense allowed the Wildcats to score a touchdown with 15 seconds remaining to go up by one.

Then, on the final play of the game, as the Hokies lateralled the ball, the Wildcats recovered a fumble and ran it into the endzone.

The Hokies allowed Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. to run for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.

Those 233 yards break the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a bowl game. That record was set by Johnny Manziel as Texas A&M won the 2013 Cotton Bowl and Manziel rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries.

Bowden also threw for a touchdown.


The Hokies scored first and only trailed for two minutes and 16 seconds of the first half.

In Bud Foster’s final game, his defense has done what it can to limit Kentucky’s electric quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr.

Bowden has rushed 12 times for 90 yards and a touchdown.

For the Hokies, Hendon Hooker is 7/11 with two touchdowns.

The Wildcats scored with 53 seconds left in the half and now trail 17-14


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