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.
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.
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 fifth UK quarterback since 1983 to rush for 100 or more yards, joining Roark, Shane Boyd (130, vs. Indiana, 2004), Pookie Jones (138, vs. Kent State, 1993) and Randall Cobb (three games during his career)
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 Shane Boyd vs. Indiana in 2004.