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Oct. 4, 2008

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Alabama faced the nation's fifth-ranked rushing defense entering today's game as Kentucky led the nation allowing only 50.3 yards per game through four games. The Crimson Tide rushed for 135 yards in the first quarter and 284 yards in the game. Highlighting the first half were runs of 78 yards by Glenn Coffee and 36 yards by Mark Ingram. Overall, Alabama outgained Kentucky in the first half, 253 to 60, on the way to a 388-276 edge in total offense for the game while outrushing the Wildcats by a margin of 282-35.

Junior running back Glen Coffee rushed for a career-high 218 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries against Kentucky. The performance, the sixth-best single-game rushing performance in Alabama history, outpaced his previous single-game high of 162 yards accomplished against Arkansas on September 20 in Fayetteville. This season, Coffee has rushed for 708 yards on 95 carries (7.1-yard average and has scored 4 TDs. The performance marked Alabama's first 200-yard rushing performance since Kenneth Darby rushed for 200 yards against Mississippi State on October 6, 2004.

Top Rushing Performances in Alabama History
Yards Player vs. Opponent (attempts) Date
291 Shaun Alexander at LSU (20 attempts) Nov. 9, 1996
284 Bobby Humphrey at Mississippi State (30 att.) Nov. 1, 1986
233 Bobby Marlow vs. Auburn (25 att.) Dec. 2, 1951
221 Johnny Musso vs. Auburn (42 att.) Nov. 28, 1970
220 Bobby Humphrey at Penn State (27 att.) Sept. 12, 1987
218 Glen Coffee vs. Kentucky (25 att.) Oct. 4, 2008

The Crimson Tide took a 14-0 lead with 1:02 left in the first quarter of today's game on a four-yard fumble return by linebacker Rolando McClain. That touchdown was Alabama's third defensive touchdown this season (one fumble return, two interception returns) and the Tide's fifth non-offensive score of the season (a punt return and a blocked punt return). Alabama entered the game leading the nation in non-offensive scores this season.

While their first offensive possession did not yield a score for only the second time in six games this season, Alabama's second offensive series produced a touchdown on a 78-yard run by Glenn Coffee. That continued Alabama's trend of scoring first for the seventh consecutive game dating back to the 2007 Independence Bowl victory over Colorado.

Junior running back Glenn Coffee raced 78 yards for a touchdown with 9:48 left in the first quarter to give Alabama a 7-0 lead over Kentucky. Coffee eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the game with 2:25 left in the opening period, gaining 101 yards on his first six carries of the game.

Redshirt freshman Marquis Maze started at wide receiver against Kentucky, making his second career start (also started vs. Clemson this season)...After averaging only 3.6 penalties per game (3rd-best nationally) this season before today, Alabama was whistled 10 times for 92 yards against Kentucky, the most penalties in a game of the Nick Saban Era (previous high was 8 for 66 vs. Tennessee on Oct. 20, 2007), the most in a game by Alabama since the Tide committed 10 penalties for 68 yards in a 30-14 win over Duke on Oct. 7, 2006.

With the victory today, Alabama leads the Kentucky series 34-2-1, including a perfect 9-0 mark in Tuscaloosa and an undefeated 20-0-1 record in the state of Alabama. UA has a 7-0-1 mark in Birmingham and a 4-0 record in Montgomery against the Wildcats. Saturday's game marked the first meeting between the two schools since 2004 and the Tide has a three-game winning streak in the series with a 27-17 win in Tuscaloosa in 2003 and a 45-17 win in Lexington in 2004. UK's last win in the series was a 40-34 overtime win in Lexington in 1997.

Allowing only 35 rushing yards against Kentucky, Alabama improved to 9-2 under coach Nick Saban when holding opponents to less than 100 rushing yards in a game, including a 6-0 mark in 2008. The Crimson Tide has held Clemson (0), Tulane (86), Western Kentucky (42), Arkansas (92), Georgia (50) and Kentucky (35) to less than 100 rushing yards in the first six games this season. But going back to 2007, the Crimson Tide has held seven straight opponents below 100 yards rushing with Colorado amassing just 75 yards in the 2007 Independence Bowl. Alabama was 3-2 last year when opponents failed to reach 100 rushing yards in a game.

Alabama will enjoy a Saturday off next Saturday, October 11, before returning to its SEC schedule against Mississippi on Oct. 18 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide owns a 44-9-2 edge in the all-time series with the Rebels, including four straight wins. The Tide is 5-5 against current Mississippi head coach Houston Nutt, who coached at Arkansas from 1998-2007. The Rebels' last win was a 42-28 triumph in Oxford in 2003.




Kentucky Notes

Team Records and Series Notes

• Kentucky is 4-1, 0-1 in the SEC. Alabama is 6-0, 3-0 in league play.
• Alabama leads the series, 34-2-1.
• Kentucky has never defeated Alabama in this state. The Crimson Tide has posted 20 wins and a tie vs. the Wildcats in games played in Alabama.
• Alabama ended Kentucky's five-game winning streak, including the 2007 Music City Bowl victory over Florida State.
• Kentucky returns to action Sat. Oct. 11 at home vs. South Carolina. The game will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is a regional telecast on Raycom Sports.

UK Team Notes

• Kentucky trailed at the half, 14-0, for the first time this season.
• Kentucky has only surrendered three offensive touchdowns through five games this season.
• Kentucky surrendered 219 yards to Alabama's Glen Coffee. The last time UK gave up 100 yards rushing to a single player was against Florida State in the Music City Bowl. (A.Smith) Game Summary 1st Quarter Summary
• UK's Johnny Williams sacked Alabama's John Parker Wilson on the third play from scrimmage. It was Williams' third sack of the season and his career.
• UA's Glen Coffee ran a 78-yard touchdown to give Alabama the early lead, UA 7, UK 0 (9:48).
• UA's Leigh Tiffin missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 1:51 remaining.
• UK's Mike Hartline fumbled at the Alabama 11-yard line which was recovered by UA's Rolando McClain for a 4-yard fumble return for a touchdown. UA 14, UK 0 (1:02). 2nd Quarter Summary
• UA's Glen Coffee fumbled at the Kentucky 5-yard line which was recovered by UK's Robbie McAtee. It was McAtee's second fumble recovery of the season and his career.
• UK's Myron Pryor totaled a pass breakup and a sack during the same series. It was first sack and pass breakup of the season. He now has eight career sacks and three career pass breakups. 3rd Quarter Summary
• Marcus McClinton intercepted Alabama's John Parker Wilson at the UK 15-yard line. The pick was his third of the season and ninth of his career.
• Kentucky's Derrick Locke recovered a fumble on a punt return at the Alabama 37-yard line.
• Kentucky turned the ball over on downs at the Alabama 29-yard line.
• UK's Mike Hartline completed a 36-yard pass to Derrick Locke over the middle. It a career long reception for Locke.
• Kentucky's Dicky Lyons caught a 26-yard TD pass from Mike Hartline. It was Lyons' second TD catch of the season and 18th of his career. It was Mike Hartline's fourth TD of the season and his career. UA 14, UK 7 (5:49)
• Alabama's Kareem Jackson intercepted UK's Mike Hartline. It was Hartline's second interception of season and second turnover of the game. 4th Quarter Summary
• Alabama's Leigh Tiffin missed a 41-yard field goal, wide left with 14:10 remaining.
• Alabama's Leigh Tiffin made a 24-yard field goal. UA 17, UK 7 (14:10).
• Kentucky's DeMoreo Ford caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Mike Hartline. It was Ford's first catch of the season and third career touchdown. It was a career long TD pass for Hartline and the longest completion of his career. UA 17, UK 14 (0:40). UK Individual Notes
• Dicky Lyons caught six passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Lyons is now fifth all-time on the UK career receptions list with 137 and ranks fifth on the career receiving yardage list with 1,740 yards and tied for third on the career receiving TD list (18).
• Lyons has caught at least two passes in 25 consecutive games
• Trevard Lindley broke up three passes against Alabama to increase his total to 29 career breakups, breaking Antoine Huffman's previous school record of 27. The three pass breakups ties his career-high for a single game.
• Derrick Locke caught eight passes for 81 yards, both career highs.
• Braxton Kelley had a career-high 13 tackles against Alabama, His previous best was 11 tackles versus Kent State in 2007. Kelley has made at least three tackles in 17 consecutive games.
• Tim Masthay, the SEC leader in touchbacks, has 16 touchbacks on the season after one touchback against Alabama. Masthay's 23 touchbacks last season led the Southeastern Conference.
• Marcus McClinton intercepted Alabama's John Parker Wilson in the third quarter. The pick was his third of the season and ninth of his career.
• Johnny Williams tied a career high with eight tackles. He previously totaled eight stops at Arkansas in 2007.
• Calvin Harrison's seven tackles tied for the second highest total of his career. His career best was 10 tackles at Vanderbilt in 2007.