Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Phillips said his game plan was to utilize Little in all phases of the contest.
"He had fresher legs and he looked as good as he's looked since he's been here," he said. "We saw a healthy Rafael Little for the first time in a long time."
Little said a big reason for his performance was his ability to not get caught up in the hype of playing for the last time in a Kentucky jersey.
"I was just relaxed," he said. "I just tried to play and get everybody to calm down."
Little said he plays better under less pressure and liked the environment.
"When I start worrying, I start panicking and doing other things," he said. "Coaches tell me all the time that?s what I need to do, but I wasn?t doing it. I just need to feel like that."
Although his rushing totals didn't match up to teammate Andre Woodson's final numbers, Little praised Woodson's ability to make the big plays when it counted the most.
"Andre was making plays today," he said. "I kept telling the defense they needed to get us out there so we could score."
In addition, Little liked the way his offensive line performed against the Seminoles' defensive unit.
"They gave it their all," he said. "You can't ask for nothing more from those guys. Knowing they could give the push, that was the biggest key. I told them if they made one push, I was going to make a move on them. I thank the offensive line for everything they did."
Little said Kentucky's current senior class, which he's a part of, has set the standard for others to follow in the future. Little said he expects bigger and better things in the future.
"They know what it takes to get here," he said. "They've got to work hard. Working hard will get you (in the postseason)."
That's something Little did in his career. The Kentucky senior finished third on the team's all-time rushing list (2,996) and second in all-purpose yards (5,345).
Little doesn't mind the personal achievements, but said making history by winning back-to-back bowl games for the first time since the 1950-51 seasons.
"Last year was sweet, but this one is even better, because it's something new," Little said.