Kentucky Comes Up Short Against Alabama, Gains Respect

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

The upset was there for the University of Kentucky; however, Alabama stopped a UK come back.

On a beautiful Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, the tide gave Kentucky every chance to pull off the win.

The same Alabama offense that put up 41 points against Georgia last week was held to just 10 points offensively. They turned the ball over and missed on chances to add points to the board by the field goal unit.

The play that won the game for Bama was when UK quarterback Mike Hartline fumbled away a pass on the four yard line and was picked up by an Alabama defender for a touchdown.

You could also take the fumble Coffee had on the Kentucky 12 yard line. The ball bounced to the one where UK defender David Jones jumped on the ball and had it pop out and roll out of bounds before another UK defender Marcus McClinton could reach it.

After the referee's talked about it, Bama got the ball back at the 13 and then kicked the game winning field goal.

The Kentucky defense did allow its first rushing touchdown on them this year when Glen Coffee scampered 78 yards for a touchdown on the Tide's second possession of the game.

Kentucky did just about everything they didn't want to do in the first half. They had more flags thrown on them then they had total offense at one time.

After settling down in the second half, Kentucky mounted a comeback.

Hartline had two back-to-back screen plays to Derrick Locke and then a touchdown pass to Dicky Lyons Jr.

The passing game was all that Kentucky could get going, as the Bama defense shut down the run and forced them to throw.

This ended up being a closer game than the spread was set at 16.5. Kentucky played a good game and shouldn't be disappointed with their effort.

"I think we had a legitimate shot at them, but they made the plays and we didn't," Brooks said of Alabama to the Hearld Leader. "I was proud of the way our players went in there and battled back. I think we have a very good football team, and we showed it at times. I also think we have some growing pains we need to work through. Now we'll have two home games, and obviously we have to find a way to win a game next week after a very disappointing loss here."