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Kentucky Goes For 2 To Win Music City Bowl vs. Northwestern, Doesn't Convert

A pylon at Mississippi State with teams lined up in the background.

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Mark Stoops made a bold call against Northwestern and it backfired.

Northwestern held off Kentucky in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday night, but just barely. The Wildcats held a 24-14 lead late in the fourth quarter, but a 48-yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis and a nine-yard touchdown run by quarterback Stephen Johnson cut the lead to just one. Stoops elected to go for a two-point conversion and the win, but Johnson couldn't find an open receiver.

Kentucky tried a pooch kick, but Northwestern recovered.

Here's video of the failed two-point conversion. It came after Northwestern called two timeouts to prepare itself:

https://twitter.com/YahooDrSaturday/status/946914231613607936

Northwestern, with the win, moves to 10-3 on the season. Kentucky falls to 7-6, leaving the SEC winless thus far in the 2017 bowl season.