KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky vs. No. 1/1 Alabama
Commonwealth Stadium, Oct. 12, 2013
FINAL SCORE: No. 1 Alabama 48, Kentucky 7
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is now 1-5, 0-3 in the SEC. Alabama is 6-0, 3-0 in the league.
Alabama leads the all-time series, 36-2-1, including a 15-2 mark in Lexington.
Alabama has now won five consecutive meetings in the series.
Kentucky played four consecutive top-20 ranked opponents for the first time in school history, facing No. 7 Louisville, No. 19 Florida, No. 13 South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama.
The Wildcats are now 3-11 all-time against the nation’s top-ranked team.
Steve Meilinger, who played at Kentucky from 1951-53, was recognized in the second quarter in honor of his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
UK had a season-high crowd of 69,873, its largest crowd since UK’s 2010 home game with Georgia.
The Wildcats forced Alabama to punt on its opening possession. It marked just the second time Alabama had punted on its opening possession in 2013.
Kentucky held Alabama scoreless in the first quarter, marking the first time Bama had been held scoreless in the first quarter in 2013.
The last time Alabama was scoreless in the first quarter was in the 2012 SEC Championship, on Dec. 1, 2013 vs. Georgia in Atlanta.
Kentucky has an open date on Oct. 19 and then returns to action Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mississippi State. Game time is 7:30 p.m. EDT (6:30 p.m. CDT in Starkville).
Senior RB Raymond Sanders rushed 14 times for 72 yards, his best game since rushing for 98 yards in the season opener.
Sanders now has 1,333 rushing yards in his career, moving past Chris Hill (1975-78), Don Phelps (1946-49), Randall Cobb (2008-10) and Randy Books (1976-80) to sole possession of No. 21 on the career rushing list.
Senior LB Avery Williamson finished with a game-high 13 tackles.
Williamson now has a streak of 25 consecutive games with at least three tackles.
Williamson recovered his second fumble of the year and the third of his career in the first quarter.
Williamson now has 11 career double-digit tackle performances.
Junior WR Javess Blue caught two balls for 44 yards and his second TD of the year.
The third-quarter score marked Blue’s first TD catch since the Miami (Ohio) game.
Junior DB Eric Dixon forced his first fumble of the year in the first quarter.
It marked Dixon’s second career forced fumble.
Dixon had a career-high 10 tackles
Sophomore CB Fred Tiller recovered his second fumble of the year in the first quarter.
Tiller forced a fumble later in the quarter, his first career forced fumble.
Tiller notched his first pass break-up of the year and the third of his career.
Sophomore QB Maxwell Smith threw his first touchdown pass since the Miami (Ohio) game.
Smith finished 7-for-16 for 76 yards and one TD.
Sophomore punter Landon Foster punted eight times for a 44.8-yard average, including one inside the 20-yard line.
Foster tied his career-long with a 58-yard punt.
Junior DE Za’Darius Smith recorded his first pass break-up of the year.
Smith tied his career high with six tackles.
Sophomore DE Farrington Huguenin notched his first quarterback hurry of the year.
Sophomore DB Nate Willis charted eight tackles and his second pass break-up of the year and his first since the season opener.
Sophomore DB Cody Quinn recorded a career-high tying seven tackles and his second pass break-up of the year.
Quinn now has seven pass break-ups in his career.
Post game notes courtesy of UKAA press release