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Kentucky lands spot in Music City Bowl and a look at the matchup

MacGinnis' 4 FGs help Kentucky survive Missouri 40-34 (UK Athletics)

UNDATED (AP) - Here is a look at the Music City Bowl matchup:

UK (7-5, SEC) vs. NORTHWESTERN (9-3, B10)

WHEN/WHERE: Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) in Nashville, Tenn.

TOP PLAYERS

  • Kentucky: RB Benny Snell Jr., 1,318 yards rushing, 18 touchdowns, 5.1 yards per carry
  • Northwestern: RB Justin Jackson, 1,154 yards rushing, nine touchdowns, 4.5 yards per carry

NOTABLE

  • Northwestern: Has a seven-game winning streak. Jackson and 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin are the only Big Ten players ever to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.
  • Kentucky: The Wildcats are making a second straight bowl appearance. This marks the first time Kentucky has earned bowl bids in back-to-back seasons since 2008-09.

LAST MEETING: Northwestern beat Kentucky 7-0 on Oct. 20, 1928.

BOWL HISTORY

  • Kentucky: Fifth Music City Bowl appearance and 17th bowl berth overall. The Wildcats own a 2-2 Music City Bowl record.
  • Northwestern: First Music City Bowl appearance and 14th bowl berth overall.

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