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Kentucky Defeats NC State to Win TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

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Kentucky football won their third straight bowl game with a win vs. NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

After establishing a 13-0 lead at the half, Kentucky battled through an ugly second half to hold on and win, 23-21.

Kentucky controlled the game offensively with their rushing attack, totaling 284 yards behind strong performances by AJ Rose, Chris Rodriguez, and Kavosiey Smoke.

Rose led the way for the Wildcats with 148 yards on 12 carries, while Rodriguez racked up 84 yards and two touchdowns, including a 26-yard score late in the game to close out the Wolfpack. Smoke added 45 yards rushing.

The victory continues Kentucky’s success in bowl games under Mark Stoops, who have now won three straight (VRBO Citrus Bowl, Belk Bowl, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl).

We’ll have postgame reaction and interviews available shortly.

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