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Alabama Blows Out Kentucky 63-3

11/21/20 MFB vs Kentucky Alabama running back Najee Harris (22) Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

The score was 7-3, Alabama leading with around four minutes to go in the first quarter. Kentucky was driving down the field for the second straight time, taking 6:30 of game time in the process and had a chance to cut the score to 7-6 with a chip-shot field goal inside the Tide red zone.

Cue the pandemonium.

The snap went too high for the holder to catch, and the ball traveled all the way back to the Bama 42 yard-line where kicker Matt Ruffolo recovered it in what turned out to be a turnover on downs. Alabama then went on a 4 play, 58-yard drive finishing with a 10-yard rocket touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mac Jones to star wideout DeVonta Smith, who with that catch took the lead for the most touchdown receptions for a career in SEC history (32).

Kentucky still fought back, going on a 10 play, 41-yard drive that came to a halt once again in Alabama territory. Matt Ruffolo then trotted back onto the field for another field goal attempt, but another bad snap caused him to miss the kick wide right, and again UK lost out on a chance to cut into the Bama lead.

After that, the Crimson Tide scored another touchdown on a monstrous 42-yard touchdown run by senior RB Najee Harris (leads FBS with 16 rushing TD’s) even with 12 players on the field for Kentucky. Bama did not look back from there, defeating UK 56-3 by the final buzzer. Mac Jones finished 16/24 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Harris finished with 13 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wideout DeVonta Smith ended the game with nine catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

The Crimson Tide as a whole finished with 509 total yards, with 7.7 yards per play and 15.7 yards per receptions.

As Alabama grew in their lead, Kentucky was less efficient on offense and consistently looked frustrated defensively. In the first quarter, they showed plenty of pre-snap motion and marched down the field on three straight drives. After that, quarterbacks were staring down receivers, leaving them to get blown up or even a pick-six in the 3rd quarter on a throw from senior QB Terry Wilson to give Bama a 35-3 lead. They ran 20 plays in the second half, only gaining one first down in the process.

Despite Kelvin Joseph’s fourth interception on the season and some success slowing down the Crimson Tide rushing attack early, Kentucky’s defense grew increasingly frustrated throughout the game, leading to some missed assignments and roughing the passer penalties. It was the sixth time in school history that Kentucky has given up 60 or more points in a game.

At the end of the day, the Cats fall to 3-5 after having some bad mistakes early against an Alabama squad that was clearly the better team. It was the worst loss in the Stoops era by point margin (60) and most they have ever lost to Alabama. Things do not get much easier next week, as Kentucky will have to travel to No. 5 Florida for a battle with the Gators.

 

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