Alabama vs. Kentucky: Live Score and Highlights
Alabama 48, Kentucky 7 – Final
Top-ranked Alabama survived a slow start before cruising to a 48-7 win in its first meeting against Kentucky since 2009.
After a pair of red-zone turnovers en route to a scoreless first quarter, the Tide blitzed the Wildcats in the second quarter to take a 24-0 lead into halftime.
The backfield combo of T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake combined to rush for 230 yards and four scores, and Alabama’s defense yielded just 170 yards of total offense.
Alabama improves to 6-0 and will face Arkansas for its homecoming next weekend. Kentucky drops to 1-5 and gets a bye before travelling to face Mississippi State on Oct. 24.
Here's a link to my postgame piece on Alabama's 48-7 win over Kentucky. Once again, thanks for following along with tonight's blog.
That wraps it up for tonight's game. Thanks, Alabama and Kentucky fans, for reading along throughout the game. Stay tuned to B/R for more postgame coverage of Alabama's 48-7 win over Kentucky.
It was a tough night all around for Mark Stoops' club.
First off, considering that the Wildcats are trying to rebuild and change the culture of a program, facing Alabama in the final game of a four-game stretch against ranked opponents is a recipe for disaster.
Losing Whitlow early was akin to the the band playing when the Titanic was sinking.
The offense was never able to find a rhythm, and the defense eventually caved in after a strong start.
On the positive side, Stoops has to be pleased with the effort of his players.
The offense continued to fight and was able to score the first touchdown given up by Alabama's defense in 14 quarters.
Overall, Kentucky still has a ways to go in order to get the program turned around. If Whitlow cannot return from his injury soon, it could be a devastating blow to an offense that looked to be gaining some momentum after playing South Carolina tough last week.
Some final thoughts on tonight's game.
First, for Alabama.
The Tide endured a rough start after numerous self-inflicted wounds caused the offense to lose scoring opportunities in the first quarter.
Dropped passes and a pair of red-zone fumbles were the only things that kept Alabama from jumping out to a strong start.
Overall, Nick Saban has to be pleased with the play the rest of the way on both sides of the ball.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw for a career-high 359 yards, and running backs Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon both had strong games on the ground, topping the century mark and scoring two touchdowns apiece.
The defense knocked out Kentucky starting quarterback Jalen Whitlow early and proceeded to allow only 170 yards of total offense.
The bottom line is that Alabama got over its early mistakes and asserted its will in the second quarter.
Alabama rolls to 6-0.
That wraps it up, folks. Alabama wins 48-7.
Here are the final stats, courtesy of NCAA.com.
Alabama is up to 668 total yards. Not a school record, but most in a while.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 13, 2013
Think Alabama's offense is still struggling? Not after nearly putting up 700 yards of total offense on the Wildcats.
On a wacky day of college football, it's fitting that Alabama puts up numbers that would make Oregon and Baylor jealous.
One of the top remaining targets in the class of 2014 for both Alabama and Kentucky, 5-star defensive tackle Matt Elam, is in attendance tonight.
He appears to be having a decent time hanging with Wildcats hoops coach John Calipari.
Altee Tenpenny adds an exclamation point for the Tide with another touchdown run from eight yards out. Alabama goes on top 48-7.
Alabama 48, Kentucky 7 - 1:41 left in fourth quarter
Touted former 5-star recruit Derrick Henry is in at running back for Alabama.
Sims just got rocked by Eric Dixon on a wicked hit inside the red zone.
It looks like Alabama is getting the backups in on offense after holding Kentucky on the last defensive series.
Blake Sims is now in at quarterback for the Tide.
McCarron's 359 passing yards is a career high.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 13, 2013
Although that was only McCarron's first touchdown pass of the night, he's set a new career high with 359 yards passing tonight.
Alabama's offense continues to put its foot on the peddle. McCarron fires a beautiful 20-yard touchdown strike to Kevin Norwood and Alabama goes up 41-7.
Alabama 41, Kentucky 7 - 10:04 left in fourth quarter
With two tonight, freshman A'Shawn Robinson now leads Alabama with four sacks on the season.— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) October 13, 2013
That was Robinson's second sack of the night, and he leads the Tide with four sacks on the season.
Alabama freshman defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson is slowly becoming a force. He just recorded a sack on Maxwell Smith, and he should be a fixture on the Tide's three-man front for years to come.
Here are the stats through the third quarter, per NCAA.com.
I like what I've seen out of Kentucky running back Raymond Sanders. He's ran hard and rarely gone down on first contact. Neal Brown would be wise to get Sanders more touches moving forward.
Alabama went over 500 yards of total offense on its last drive.
McCarron has two passes broken up in the end zone, and Stoops has to be proud of the way his defense has continued to fight despite the score.
Cade Foster boots a 20-yard field goal, and Alabama extends its lead to 34-7.
Alabama 34, Kentucky 7 - 1:10 left in third quarter
Alabama's offense has responded and overcome a costly holding penalty to move inside Kentucky's 5-yard line once again.
A holding penalty on Alabama wipes out a tremendous catch by DeAndrew White and erases a big play. You have to believe that Saban is stewing over the mental mistakes by the Tide early in the second half.
That's the first touchdown Alabama has allowed in 28 days. 14-quarter streak matches previous long (2011) of Saban era.— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) October 13, 2013
More on Alabama's defensive streak...
First TD allowed by UA since fourth quarter of Texas A&M game. UK snaps streak at 14 quarters, cuts lead to. 31-7. 7:05 3Q.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) October 13, 2013
Kentucky becomes the first team to score a touchdown on Alabama since Texas A&M scored in the fourth quarter of the Tide's 49-42 victory in Week 3. That score snaps a string of 14 quarters in which Alabama's defense had not allowed a touchdown.
Kentucky going for it on fourth down, and they get it on the ground with Raymond Sanders. One play later, Smith connects with Javess Blue on a pretty 30-yard touchdown pass and Kentucky cuts into the lead.
Alabama 31, Kentucky 7 - 7:05 left in third quarter
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