Kentucky Football vs. Alabama State -- Postgame Notes

Nov. 2, 2013

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FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14

Team Records and Series Notes

  • With the win, Kentucky improved to 2-6 and with the loss, Alabama State dropped to 6-3.
  • The Kentucky win snapped a six-game winning streak for the Hornets and marked their first loss since Sept. 7 at Jackson State.
  • This was the first meeting between the teams.
  • Kentucky is now 48-20 in Homecoming games since 1946.
  • Kentucky returns to action Sat. Nov. 9 as the Wildcats play host to Missouri. Game time is set for noon.

T eam Notes

  • Kentucky has played seven Thursday night games in school history, including Oct. 24 at Mississippi State. UK has played nine days later on six occasions after a Thursday night game. UK is 6-0 in those games.
  • Kentucky drove for an opening-game touchdown for the third time in 2013 and the first since facing No. 19/20 Florida on Sept. 28.
  • Junior WR Demarco Robinson recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter.
    • It marked the first fumble recovered in the end zone for a touchdown for UK since Otis Grigsby’s fumble recovery to end a Nov. 16, 2002 game vs. Vanderbilt.
  • Kentucky finished with 196 yards rushing in the first half, its most in the first half in 2013.
  • Kentucky blocked an ASU punt in the second quarter, credited to sophomore LB Josh Forrest.
    • It marked UK’s first blocked punt since DeMarcus Sweat vs. South Carolina in 2012.
  • The Wildcats extended their stretch of games without a turnover to a school-record four, with game-by-game records dating back to 1946.
  • UK was a season-best on third-down conversions, going 8-for-17 (47-percent).
  • Kentucky forced a season-high five fumbles, securing two ASU miscues.
  • The Wildcats limited Alabama State to 297 total yards of offense, UK’s second-best defensive performance of 2013. UK held Miami (Ohio) to just 122 yards of total offense earlier in the year.
  • Kentucky scored 48 points, marking its highest scoring output since scoring 49 points against Charleston Southern on Nov. 6, 2010.

Individual Notes

  • Junior QB Jalen Whitlow rushed a career-long 88 yards for a touchdown on UK’s opening possession, his fourth rushing TD of the year and the seventh of his career.
    • It marked the longest rush by a player in the Southeastern Conference in 2013, topping Alabama’s Derrick Henry, who had an 80-yard rush vs. Arkansas on Oct. 19.
    • It was the longest rush, by either team, in the history of Commonwealth Stadium.
    • It marked the second-longest rush in Kentucky history and the longest rush every by a Kentucky quarterback.
    • The rush was the fourth-longest in the NCAA in 2013 and the longest by a quarterback since Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch scampered 88 yards in 2012.
      • Lynch’s 90-yard rush in 2010 marks the last rushing play by a QB longer than 88 yards.
    • He finished 16-for-26 with 186 yards and two TDs in the air.
    • He rushed for a career-high 101 yards on 10 carries, with two touchdowns.
      • It marked the first 100-yard rushing performance for a Kentucky QB since WR turned QB Matt Roark rushed 24 times for 124 yards in a win over Tennessee on Nov. 26, 2011.
      • He is just the fourth UK quarterback since 1983 to rush for 100 or more yards, joining Roark, Shane Boyd (130, vs. Indiana, 2004) and Pookie Jones (138, vs. Kent State, 1993).
        • Boyd is the last Kentucky player with 100 yards rushing and passing in a single game, throwing for 205 yards in his 130-yard rushing game in 2004 vs. Indiana.
      • It marked UK’s first 100-yard rushing performance since Raymond Sanders ran for 123 yards vs. Samford in 2012.
      • Whitlow is the first UK quarterback to rush for two TDs and throw for two TDs since Boyd vs. Indiana in 2004.
  • Senior RB Raymond Sanders rushed nine times for 29 yards.
    • He now has 1,458 rushing yards in his career to move to No. 18 in UK history, passing Bobby Cravens (1956-58; 1,448).
  • Sophomore punter Landon Foster booted a 58-yard punt in the first quarter, equaling his career long, done three times in 2013.
    • Foster finished with five punts for a 49-yard average.
  • Freshman WR Alexander Montgomery hauled in a six-yard touchdown in the first half, marking his second TD catch of the year and his first since a three-yard grab vs. No. 7/7 Louisville.
  • Senior TE Anthony Kendrick made his first start of the year and his second career start. It marked his first start since 2010.
  • Freshman RB Jojo Kemp rushed for his third touchdown of the year.
    • He finished with 13 rushes for 67 yards and one TD.
  • Sophomore DB Fred Tiller charted two pass break ups, his first career two pass break-up game since breaking up two passes vs. Mississippi State in 2012.
    • Tiller finished with four tackles, including his first tackle for a loss.
  • Sophomore LB Khalid Henderson recorded his first career sack in the first half.
  • In the second quarter, junior DL Mike Douglas recovered his first career fumble.
  • Senior DL Donte Rumph notched his second QB hurry of the year.
    • Rumph finished with three tackles.
  • Sophomore LB Josh Forrest blocked a punt in the second quarter, his first punt block of the year and his second blocked kick of 2013.
  • Junior Alvin “Bud” Dupree recorded a sack and forced a fumble in the second quarter.
    • He now has 5.5 sacks on the year and 14.5 in his three-year career.
    • It marked his second fumble forced in 2013 and the second of his career.
  • Sophomore RB Dyshawn Mobley rushed a season-high eight times for a season-long 36 yards.
  • Sophomore WR Joey Herrick caught a career-high two passes for a career-long 15 yards.
  • Junior WR Jeff Badet caught a career-high four balls for a career-long 48 yards.
  • Senior LB Avery Williamson finished the game with two tackles, snapping his streak of 26 consecutive games with at least three tackles.
  • Junior TE Steven Borden hauled in his first career TD catch, a 38-yard grab in the third quarter.
  • Junior Joe Mansour connected on a 39-yard field goal in the second quarter.
    • He is now 9-for-10 on the year and is 3-for-3 from 30-39 yards in 2013.
  • Junior DL Za’Darius Smith had his team-high fifth QB hurry of the year.