The tough, gruesome part of the schedule for Kentucky has finally caught up with the Cats. After holding Alabama scoreless through the first quarter, the wheels fell off early for the Cats as the Crimson Tide rolled to an easy 48-7 win in Commmonwealth Stadium tonight. Alabama was led by AJ McCarron with 359 passing yards, along with TJ Yeldon and Kenyan Drake in the backfield who combined for 230 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Kentucky’s young defense held their ground early, forcing two turnovers on Alabama’s veterans offense. But as we saw in the Louisville and Florida games, the defense can only do so much to keep the game even. The offense had spurts of productivity, but they were unable to convert when it was necessary. UK finished 2-12 on 3rd down conversions. In the first quarter, QB Jalen Whitlow went down with what appeared to be a knee injury, but it was later confirmed to be an ankle injury in which he could possibly miss a few weeks. Max Smith completed 7-of-16 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, a 30 yard pass to Javess Blue.
After the first quarter, Nick Saban became more emotional, as did his team. They were able to push the ball more and wear out the Cats’ defense, with a balanced running game and big completions on the receiving end. Alabama outgained Kentucky 668 yards to 170. Stay tuned for postgame commentary from Coach Stoops and Nick Saban.