Two players later, Benny Snell, Jr. ran it in for the score.
Kentucky went for the win on a 2-point conversion try, but Johnson's pass to Tavin Richardson slipped through the receiver's hands.
United Kingdom kept Northwestern in check until their 3rd possession of the game. Prior to 2017, Wolford had thrown more interceptions (35) than touchdowns (30) in three years; this season, including today's game, he's thrown 29 touchdowns against just six picks.
The No. 20 Wildcats had plenty to celebrate after hanging on to beat Kentucky, 24-23, in the Music City Bowl on Friday.
Kentucky's Quaterback Stephen Johnson left before the half after being hit, but returned in the 2nd half. The Wildcats got a 28 yard gain from running back Jeremy Larkin to get into United Kingdom territory. Pascal replaced the suspended defensive lineman Denzil Ware in the starting lineup.
Kentucky is 89th nationally in total defense (425.7 yards), which also is cause for concern because Northwestern features a balanced attack. Johnson's pass was incomplete to Richardson.
United Kingdom got the ball first and quickly scored. NU would get a 64 yard run from Larkin down to the United Kingdom 11. However, UK shut it down from there as Northwestern settles for a 33 yard field goal from Charlie Kubander.
At the time of the injury, Kentucky led Northwestern 7-3.
Best moment: Watching injured Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson come back on the field in street clothes using crutches to watch NU in the second half. However that would be the highlight of Snell's day, as the back who finished the regular season ranked second in the SEC in rushing yards was controversially ejected in the second quarter for making contact with an official. But it appeared that all Snell did was reject an official's effort to help him to his feet. Jackson earned MVP honors with 157 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns.
'Juice' Johnson got into the mix on UK's next possession. The penalty pushed Kentucky out of field goal range and resulted in punt. He led Northwestern with 108 tackles this season.
Northwestern would like to start collecting first-place finishes to go with bowl victories.
Time and again this season, the senior quarterback seemed too hurt to possibly return to the game. Northwestern failed to convert on fourth down and Kentucky took over.
Northwestern got the ball first in the second half and marched into United Kingdom territory.
Johnson re-entered the game in the third quarter and immediately took charge. Unable to get the touchdown, United Kingdom settled for a 48 yard field goal from Austin MacGinnis.