Considering the way Georgia and Louisville gashed Kentucky's defense for big play after big play with the run game, Northwestern running back Justin Jackson has to think he could have a huge game in Friday's Music City Bowl.
For a long time, it looked like Friday's Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl was going to be remembered for who didn't finish it than for how it actually finished.
Snell rushed for 1,333 yards on 262 carries for the season.
Arizona State (7-6) played its final game under fired coach Todd Graham, with former National Football League coach Herm Edwards taking over the program. Two plays after Kentucky regained possession, Kyle Queiro intercepted a Johnson pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.
With the win, not only did Pat Fitzgerald's team earn its second 10-win season in three years but it also won back-to-back bowl games for the first time in program history.
When Snell left the game, United Kingdom was trailing 10-7. Jackson would add a second touchdown later in the second quarter to extend the Northwestern lead to 17-7.
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Late in the busy - and pivotal - second quarter, Kentucky's Johnson went to the locker room with what appeared to be an injury to his right throwing arm.
Kentucky is 89th nationally in total defense (425.7 yards), which also is cause for concern because Northwestern features a balanced attack.
The junior quarterback was starting his 38th straight game for Northwestern, and he was 4 of 8 for 35 yards passing when hurt. He ranked 32nd nationally with 96.2 yards per game.
Jackson is Northwestern's all-time leader in career rushing yards (5,283), attempts (1,110) and touchdowns (39).
United Kingdom would respond with a 48-yard field goal from Austin MacGinnis to trim Northwestern's lead to within a touchdown.
To Kentucky's credit, the Wildcats would rebound and put together a drive that would be capped by an Austin MacGinnis 48-yard field goal to pull within seven. Snell had six rushes for 15 yards and a score.