Kentucky Seeks to Keep Momentum Going at No. 1 Alabama

Kentucky seeks its third consecutive victory when it travels to top-ranked Alabama for a Saturday night date with the Crimson Tide. It will be the Wildcats’ first trip to Tuscaloosa since 2008 and only the third appearance in Bryant-Denny Stadium in the past 20 years.

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Kentucky at Alabama
Sat., Oct. 1 - 7 p.m. ET
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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UK 2016 Team Stats UA
2-2 Record 4-0
1-1 Conference Record 1-0
30.3 Scoring/game 46.5
400.2 Total offense/game 483.5
196.8 Rushing yards/game 246.2
203.5 Passing yards/game 237.2
23.9 Kickoff returns (avg) 23.7
18.2 Punt returns (avg) 20.4
39.8 Punting (avg) 44.6
27:14 Time of possession/game 33:51
36.3% Third down conversion 45.2%
50.0% Fourth down conversion 83.3%
35.3 Points allowed/game 14.8
463.0 Total yards allowed/game 280.2
205.0 Rush yards allowed/game 67.5
258.0 Pass yards allowed/game 212.8
The Wildcats scored an impressive 17-10 win over South Carolina last Saturday, turning in an inspired defensive effort in holding the Gamecocks to just 268 total yards and registering a game-sealing sack in the closing moments. The win pulled UK back to .500 on the season and marked the third consecutive win over its Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival.

Offensively, running backs Stanley “Boom” Williams and Benny Snell Jr. churned their way to 196 yards and two touchdowns, closing the Gamecocks out with a game-winning fourth quarter scoring drive that featured 11 consecutive running plays.

Cat Scratches: Time for UK Defense to 'Push Forward' after Solid Outing


Mark Stoops pulled no punches last Wednesday.

Kentucky’s defense had just turned in a practice effort that left him fuming, so he let the Wildcats know about it.

“I believe they heard what I said on Wednesday,” Stoops said. “I wanted them to hear that because it was true.”

Difficult as the message was to hear, it may have been exactly what the doctor ordered. UK’s performance on Saturday in a critical win over South Carolina suggests as much.

The Cats played by far their best defensive game of the season in holding the Gamecocks to 10 points and 268 total yards, season bests by a wide margin in both categories...Read More

Cats vs. the Crimson Tide


• Alabama leads the all-time series 36-2-1, including 9-0 in Tuscaloosa.
• UK’s last meeting in Tuscaloosa was a 17-14 loss in 2008.
• Kentucky’s most recent win in the series came in 1997 with a 40-34 overtime victory in Commonwealth Stadium engineered by quarterback Tim Couch.

Cats vs. the Ranked


• Kentucky has played 240 ranked teams in the Associated Press Poll in its 126 years of football. The Cats are 40-195-5 in those games.
• UK’s last win over a ranked team was last season in Lexington vs. No. 25 Missouri, 21-13.
• UK’s last win over a ranked team on the road was in 2002 at No. 17 Louisville, 22-17.
• UK’s last win over a ranked SEC team on the road was in 1998 at No. 21 LSU, 39-36.
• Alabama leads the series 17-1-1 over UK when the Tide are ranked, including 9-0 at home.
• UK is 3-12 vs. top-ranked teams, including 0-1 vs. Alabama.

Scouting Alabama


• Alabama is 4-0 on the season and riding a 16-game winning streak. The Crimson Tide has won 30 of 33 games the past three seasons.
• The Crimson Tide has won the national championship four times since 2009: 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
• Alabama’s 102 victories since 2008 are the most in college football, nine more than Boise State has notched during that time.
• The Tide has won 22 of its past 23 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
• Alabama coach Nick Saban is in his 10th year at Alabama and has a record of 109-18 (.858).