The Kentucky Wildcats had to hold off a late comeback attempt by the Penn State Nittany Lions, but ended up getting a big 27-24 win in Tuesday’s Citrus Bowl.

That means the Wildcats finish the year with an impressive 10-3 record, and it was a magical season for coach Mark Stoops and his squad.

They’ll lose a lot of key players this offseason, but Stoops enjoyed the ride while it lasted. He was all smiles in his postgame press conference.

Here’s what the winning coach said after Tuesday’s impressive victory:

On sticking to the game plan:

On Benny Snell Jr. clinching the game with his legs:

On Snell and the Kentucky seniors:

On talented WR Lynn Bowden:

On what his players mean to him: