Alabama Gets Job Done On The Road
Alabama has lost to Kentucky twice in Lexington, but Bama's all-time record on the Wildcats home field improved to 15-2. (The Crimson Tide also has a 1-0 record against the Cats in Louisville.)
But the Wildcats shouldn't feel too bad about Bama getting the win on the Kentucky home turf (which isn't blue grass). Alabama now has a 17-game winning streak away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is the longest active streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision (major college). The 17-game streak includes both true road games and neutral site games, including bowl games and dates back to a 24-21 loss to LSU on Nov. 6, 2010, in Baton Rouge.
Alabama has a 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Saturday's win was Bama's fifth straight over Kentucky.
There was a substantial hint what the outcome would be when Alabama put up 24 second quarter points for a 24-0 halftime lead. Under Coach Nick Saban, theTide is now 68-3 when leading at the half.
Alabama added to its school record of consecutive games scoring. When Cade Foster nailed a 25-yard field goal to start the scoring, it made 162 straight games in which Bama has scored.
Foster set a career high for points in a game with 12. Foster had two field goals, first from 25 yards, then from 20 yards, and six extra points.
Under Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 44 times since the start of the 2007 season. Alabama has shut out the opposition 11 times during the Saban era.
For the seventh time in its last 10 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to Saturday's game, the Crimson Tide shut out Georgia State (Oct. 5, 2013), Ole Miss (Sept. 28, 2013), Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.
Really, though, it was more about the offense.
For the first time in program history, Alabama had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers in the same game. A.J. McCarron finished with a career-best 359 yards passing, while Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon added 106 yards and 124 yards rushing, respectively.
Drake and Yeldon both eclipsing the 100-yard rushing milestone marked the 16th time in Alabama history that a pair of Tide rushers has done so in the same game. It is also the third time in the last eight games it has occurred, with Eddie Lacy and Yeldon achieving the feat against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game and against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
The Tide's 668 yards of total offense is the most for Alabama in the series, surpassing the previous high of 464 set on Sept. 13, 2003.
McCarron finished the game with 359 yards passing, bringing him to 7,306 yards for his career. McCarron is now 618 shy of John Parker Wilson (7,924) for No. 1 in Alabama history.
McCarron extended his all-time Bama record for touchdown passes to 60. His record as the Alabama starter is 31-2, which is number one in winning percentage and two behind Jeff Rutledge, four behind Jay Barker for most QB wins.
The Crimson Tide did not allow Kentucky to cross the 50-yard line until its second drive of the third quarter.
In Saban's 86-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 57 times, or 66.3 per cent of the time. And during Saban's last 74 games at The Capstone (since the start of the 2008 season), the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to fewer than 200 yards of total offense 28 times.
The field at Commonwealth Stadium is named in honor of C.M. Newton, known to Alabama fans as the man who rebuilt Crimson Tide basketball in the 1970s. Newton later became director of athletics at Kentucky, his alma mater. He is now retired and living in Tuscaloosa.
Captains for Alabama were quarterback AJ McCarron, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and wide receiver Kenny Bell.
Attendance was 69,873, which is about 2,000 over the listed capacity of 67,942.
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