Kentucky stuns Clemson 28-20
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Andre Woodson conjured up memories of Tim Couch and made Kentucky a bowl winner for the first time in 22 years.
Woodson threw for three touchdowns and 299 yards as the Wildcats surprised Clemson 28-20 in the Music City Bowl on Friday.
The junior completed 20 of 28 passes to finish his breakout season with 31 touchdowns -- more than five times his total from last year. He joins Couch, the former No. 1 NFL draft pick, as the only Wildcats to top the 30-touchdown mark in a season.
"If he keeps doing this, he's going to play at the next level and play it very well," Woodson's coach Rich Brooks said.
Behind Woodson, the game's Most Valuable Player, the Wildcats (8-5) racked up their highest point total in bowl history. They won their sixth bowl game overall and first since beating Wisconsin in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl.
Kentucky made its first bowl appearance since 1999 in front of a huge contingency of Wildcats fans, many of whom made the 200-mile trip from Lexington, home of Commonwealth Stadium.
"I told some of the guys down on the sideline on defense, I said, 'Look guys, look around you,"' said senior defensive end Durrell White. "'We didn't do nothing but move Commonwealth down here to Nashville."'
Clemson (8-5) took the loss in its 18th bowl game since 1985. The Tigers hadn't ended their season in defeat in three years. Despite beating Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, the teams that played for the Atlantic Coast Conference title, Clemson went into a tailspin down the stretch, losing four of five.