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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Kentucky football team returned to Lexington on Wednesday following their Citrus Bowl win.

The plane from Orlando touched down just before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Grass Airport.

The players returned with a trophy and bragging rights following the 27-24 New Year's Day win over Penn State.

Head Coach Mark Stoops gave a shout-out to fans and said thanks to the Big Blue nation.

"I appreciate you guys all year covering us," he said. "Our team appreciates it. We've had great support. We had an unbelievable atmosphere down there. Big Blue showed up in full force. We're very grateful and appreciate the coverage."

The Wildcats finished the season with 10 wins for the first time since 1977.

Benny Snell Jr. became Kentucky's career rushing leader by totaling 144 yards and two touchdowns in leading No. 16 Wildcats past No. 13 Penn State. Snell scored on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the second half, then carried for a couple of crucial first downs to help the Wildcats run out the clock.

Trace McSorley threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions' career passing and wins leader also rushed for a team-high 75 yards on 19 attempts.

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