A second look at Saturday's win

It was a classic "after" game, coming the week following Oklahoma. But Saturday's solid win over the Kentucky Wildcats was plenty good enough for Alabama fans. It pushed the Tide's record to 2-1 (1-0 in the SEC), setting Bama up for the meat of its schedule.

(Above left) Tide captains Dre Fulgham (#3), Derrick Pope (#6) and Thurman Ward (#1) wait on the coin toss before the game. Kentucky won and deferred to the second half.


Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen lies on the ground with Bama's Roman Harper (#41) to the side. The Tide sacked Lorenzen twice and was also credited with four quarterback hurries. (Associated Press)


Halfback Shaud Williams runs with the football. Williams gained 174 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns. He also caught one pass for three yards and returned four punts for 15 yards. For the second time in three weeks, Williams was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. (Barry Fikes photo)


Middle linebacker Freddie Roach (#8) pressures Lorenzen. Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines devised a good package, blitzing at opportune times to keep the Kentucky QB off balance. (Barry Fikes photo)


Tide Head Coach Mike Shula checks out the scoreboard clock. Bama's 27-17 win was Shula's first SEC victory and also his first at Bryant-Denny Stadium. (Barry Fikes photo)


Led by Nautyn McKay-Loescher (#90) and Charles Jones (#20) the Tide defense swarms the Kentucky ball carrier. Alabama outgained the Wildcats 464 yards to 195 and held Kentucky to only 26 net yards rushing. (Barry Fikes photo)


With Shaud Williams set up to block if needed, quarterback Brodie Croyle waits on the shotgun snap. Croyle was 14-of-27 passing for 198 yards. He threw one interception.


In the wide-angle view of the earlier photo, Bama's defense celebrates the sack of Lorenzen. Two quick Kentucky touchdown drives marred their effort, but for most of the game Bama's defense held down the Wildcats. (Associated Press)



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