Photo report: 1st conference win

Offensive inconsistency meant it wouldn't be Bama's prettiest win. But anytime a team can play at less than peak efficiency and still win by a comfortable margin, it's got to be judged a good day.

(Above left) Shaud Williams runs in traffic. On a day that Alabama's attack plainly was not hitting on all cylinders, Williams was all the offense the Tide needed.

Alabama defenders Anthony Bryant (97) and Derrick Pope (#6) wrestle Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen to the ground. For the most part, Bama's defense prevented "the Hefty Lefty" from playing his normal hero role. Lorenzen was harried all game and finished with only 169 yards passing. (Barry Fikes photo)

Alabama coach Mike Shula reacts after a Crimson Tide score in the second half of their game against Kentucky at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The 27-17 win was Shula's first victory as head coach in Bama's home stadium. At left is Spencer Pennington (13). At right is wide receiver's coach Charlie Harbison. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Charlie Peprah (#26) holds on while Ahmad Childress (#95) closes in. Bama's defense was hobbled somewhat by injuries, but the unit still managed to hold Kentucky's high-powered offense down for most of the game. (Barry Fikes photo)

Behind the pass blocking of Wesley Britt (#70), Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle follows through on his pass. For the game Croyle passed for 198 yards. (Barry Fikes photo)

Nautyn McKay-Loescher (#90) and Charles Jones (#20) tackle the Kentucky ball carrier. For the game Alabama's defenders held the Wildcats to just 26 net yards rushing. (Barry Fikes photo)

Dre Fulgham (#3) congratulates Brandon Greer (#81). On fourth and six midway through the fourth quarter, Greer caught a 21-yard pass, setting up the Tide's final touchdown.

Alabama's Shaud Williams (21) scampers on a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter as Kentucky's Leonard Burress (27) is blocked by Triandos Luke, rear. Williams' 174 yards rushing was tops for his Tide career. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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