The Alabama Crimson Tide entered Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats as big favorites. When it was all said and done, their favored status looked more than justified as they achieved their third largest win over a conference opponent in school history. Saban and company delivered a 63-3 dismantling of the Cats.
There appeared to be potential for a battle as the first quarter ended with a score of Bama 7, UK 3 with Kentucky driving in the red zone. But on 3rd and goal from the Bama 7 yard line, UK dialed up a QB draw that saw Terry Wilson gain a yard. On the ensuing play, The Cats suffered a bad snap on a field goal attempt that lost 36 yards. This was a precursor for the rest of the night.
The rout was on. Alabama scored on their ensuing three drives to end the half up 28-3. The second half saw Bryce Young come in at QB as the rushing attack took over against a covid thinned Wildcat defense. Freshman Jase McClellan had his coming out party with 99 yards on 10 carries for the night. Najee Harris put in a strong performance as well, tallying 83 yards with a 42 yard TD sprinkled in. Kentucky did not complete a pass in the second half and the total yardage ended 509 to 179 in favor of Alabama.
Also of note was DeVonta Smith’s passing of Chris Doering on the all-time SEC touchdown receptions list. He now has 33 for his career.
Next week, Alabama competes in the Iron Bowl on the Saturday following Thanksgiving which is a rare semblance of normalcy in 2020. For Kentucky, things don’t get any easier as the Cats travel to Gainesville for a date with arguable Heisman front runner Kyle Trask and his Florida Gators.