JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – A.J. Rose ran for a career-high 148 yards, Chris Rodriguez added 84 yards and two scores, and Kentucky held off No. 24 North Carolina State 23-21 in a chippy TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
Christopher Dunn missed two field goals for the Wolfpack, who trailed 16-14 late when Bailey Hockman threw his third interception of the game.
Rodriguez scored on the ensuing play. He went nearly untouched for 26 yards.
NC State got a final chance after Jordan Houston scored with 1:10 remaining.
But Allen Dailey recovered Dunn’s onside kick, and the Wildcats ran out the clock.