UK reacts to Snell's ejection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKYT) - UK lost to Northwestern in the Music City Bowl and did so without its best player.

Running back Benny Snell, Jr., the SEC’s second-leading rusher, was ejected near the start of the second quarter for making contact with an official.

“Someone told me that he grabbed him and shoved a ref. I don't know if that's entirely true or not,” UK quarterback Stephen Johnson said.

“I really didn't see it at all,” UK coach Mark Stoops said after the game.

“The official told me that Benny grabbed him and shoved him, so if he grabbed him and shoved him, then he deserves to be ejected. But I don't know. I didn't see it.”

Television replays showed referee Chris Coyte extend his hand, offering to help Snell to his feet after being tackled on a play. Snell refused Coyte’s hand as the player got up off the ground.

“I’ve got a very strong passion for the game,” Snell, Jr. said. “I don’t feel like I did anything. I don’t need help getting up.”

Stoops said losing Snell didn’t change UK’s game plan, but the Wildcats rushed for just 65 yards against Northwestern.

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