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Alabama Football Game Six Notes: at Kentucky


Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Helmet Alabama

Helmet Kentucky

Alabama Crimson Tide (3-2, 1-2) at Kentucky Wildcats (1-3, 0-1)
October 9, 2004 • 11:33 a.m. CST (JP Sports)
Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, Kentucky



  • This will be Alabama's 1,100th all-time football game ...
  • Ironically, this will also be Kentucky's 1,100th all-time football game ...
  • Alabama (11th, 4.1 avg) and Kentucky (12th, 2.7 avg) have the two worst punt return averages in the SEC this season ...
  • Alabama has never lost a game played on Oct. 9 (10-0, 1.000) ...
  • The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in passing defense (119.6) and total defense (246.2) ...
  • Coach Shula's first SEC win came against Kentucky (27-17) last season in Tuscaloosa ...
  • Alabama has allowed only 38 total passing yards in the second half in its last three games ...
  • Senior Ray Hudson needs 99 rushing yards for 1,000 career yards in SEC play ...
  • He has 901 yards in 26 career SEC games ...
  • Sophomore FB Tim Castille has caught at least one pass in 17 of his 18 games at UA, including 13 in-a-row ...
  • Senior FS Roman Harper has one TFL in four straight games ...


For the second time in three weeks, the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-2, 1-2 SEC) hits the road in Southeastern Conference play, this time facing the Kentucky Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 SEC) at Commonwealth Stadium/C.M. Newton Field in Lexington, Ky.  The game will be televised by SEC syndicator Jefferson Pilot Sports.  The pregame show will air at 11 a.m. (CT) and kickoff is set for 11:33 a.m. (CT) from the Bluegrass state.  Both teams have lost back-to-back games, including disappointing home losses last weekend.  The Crimson Tide is coming off a 20-3 home loss to South Carolina last Saturday night, while Kentucky dropped a 28-16 shocker to Ohio University last week.  Both teams also lost their last SEC game by the exact score as Bama fell to South Carolina (20-3) last week, while UK lost at Florida (20-3) two weeks ago.  Alabama will look to end a two-game losing streak this Saturday on the road in Lexington.  The road has not been kind to Alabama over the last two seasons as the Crimson Tide has lost five of six road tilts and four of five SEC road games in the last two years.  Handling the broadcast duties for the JP Sports will be Dave Neal (play-by-play), Dave Rowe (analyst) and Dave Baker (sidelines).  The game will also be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network with David Crane (play-by-play) and Chris Stewart (color). Fans can also tune to the 80-plus station Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold (play-by-play), Kenny Stabler (analyst) and Tom Roberts (sidelines) describing the action. 


Coach Mike Shula (7-11, .389) is 3-2 (.600) in his sophomore season as the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Shula compiled a 4-9 (.308) record in his rookie season at Alabama last year against the nation's most difficult schedule.  The Crimson Tide lost to both teams (Oklahoma and LSU) that played in the BCS National Championship game last season.  Shula previously served as an assistant coach in the NFL with Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami.  A three-year letterman at Alabama (1984-86), Shula was a two-time All-SEC selection and threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior (1985), leading Alabama to dramatic come-from-behind wins over Georgia and Auburn.  Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks (96-119-4, .447) is also in his sophomore season at Kentucky.  Brooks is 5-11 (.313) in his 16-game tenure with the Wildcats after posting a 4-8 (.333) mark last year.  Prior to UK, Brooks was the head coach at Oregon (1977-94) and the NFL's St. Louis Rams (1995-96).  Brooks compiled a 91-108-4 (.458) ledger with the Ducks and was 13-19 (.406) in his two professional seasons.


Alabama will celebrate Homecoming next weekend (Oct. 16) as they host the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The time of the game has been changed to 2:37 p.m. (CT) and will be available on a pay-per-view basis in Alabama, Mississippi and through the DISH Network, DirecTV and ESPN GamePlan. 


*The Alabama Crimson Tide will play its 1,100th all-time football game this Saturday in Lexington.

*Ironically, this will also be Kentucky's 1,100th all-time college football game.

*Alabama and Kentucky will be the fourth and fifth teams this season to reach the 1,100-game plateau.

*Already etching their names on the list are Missouri (Sept. 4), Georgia (Sept. 11) and Notre Dame (Oct. 2).

*The next team to make the list is SEC member Vanderbilt, who will play its 1,097th game this weekend against Rutgers.

Rank  School            Games Played
 1.   Rutgers           1,170
 2.   Navy              1,147
 3.   Michigan          1,146
 4.   Nebraska          1,143
 5.   Syracuse          1,140
 6.   Virginia          1,147
 7.   Penn State        1,134
 8.   Texas             1,122
 9.   North Carolina    1,121
10.   Pittsburgh        1,112
      Tennessee         1,112
12.   Kansas            1,108
13.   Ohio State        1,107
14.   Maryland          1,106
15.   West Virginia     1,106
16.   Missouri          1,103
17    Georgia           1,101
18    Notre Dame        1,100
19.   ALABAMA           1,099
      Kentucky          1,099
21.   Vanderbilt        1,096


*The Alabama defense has shown marked improvement this season. 

*Through five games, Alabama has allowed 246.2 yards per game to lead the SEC and rank fourth nationally in total defense. 

*Alabama has trimmed 66.6 yards per game off last year's five-game total entering Saturday's SEC road game at Kentucky.

*Last year at this time, the Crimson Tide defense had given up an average of 312.8  yards per game following back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Georgia.

*Through five games in 2003, Alabama ranked fourth in the SEC and 13th nationally in total defense.

*In addition, Alabama leads the SEC in passing defense (119.6) and ranks second in pass efficiency defense (90.2 rating), third in scoring defense (14.2 ppg) and sixth in rushing defense (126.6).

*On the national scale, Alabama ranks among the nation's Top 10 teams in pass defense (3rd), total defense (4th) and pass efficiency defense (8th) this season.

*One stat that jumps off the page is the improvement in pass defense from since last season.

*Alabama is allowing a league-best 119.6 passing yards per game, compared to 201.2 yards in 2003, an improvement of 81.4 yards per game.

*Below is a statistical comparison of the 2003 and 2004 Alabama defense through five games.


Category            2004      2003
Points Allowed      71        107
Scoring Defense     14.2      21.4
Rushing Defense     126.6     111.6
Passing Defense     119.6     201.2
Total Defense       246.2     312.8
Pass Eff. Defense   90.2      128.69
Sacks By            9 (-77)   9 (-79)


Category            2004      2003
Scoring Defense     3rd       8th
Rushing Defense     6th       6th
Passing Defense     1st       8th
Total Defense       1st       6th
Pass Eff. Defense   2nd       10th


Category            2004      2003
Scoring Defense     t16th     48th
Rushing Defense     47th      30th
Passing Defense     3rd       55th
Total Defense       4th       31st
Pass Eff. Defense   8th       83rd


*The Alabama defense ranks in the Top 10 in three NCAA defensive statistical categories heading into Saturday's SEC road game at Kentucky.


Rk    School            Yards    Average
 1.   NC State          353      88.25
 2.   Miami, Fla.       460      115.0
 3.   ALABAMA           598      119.6
 4.   Wisconsin         633      126.6
 5.   Houston           705      141.0
 6.   Auburn            714      142.8
 7.   Virginia Tech     715      143.0
 8.   Southern Miss     445      148.33
 9.   San Jose State    604      151.0
10.   Nevada            763      152.6


Rk    School            Yards    Average
 1.   NC State          759      189.75
 2.   Wisconsin         966      193.20
 3.   Miami, Fla.       863      215.75
 4.   ALABAMA           1,231    246.20
 5.   Nebraska          1,022    255.50
 6.   Auburn            1,280    256.00
 7.   South Carolina    1,281    256.20
 8.   Virginia          1,032    258.00
 9.   Florida State     1,044    261.00
10.   Louisville        1,045    261.25


Rk    School            Yards    Rating
 1.   Miami, Fla.       460      66.28
 2.   NC State          353      76.78
 3.   Fresno State      629      78.32
 4.   Southern Miss     445      79.14
 5.   South Carolina    769      81.52
 6.   Nebraska          793      83.28
 7.   Wisconsin         633      85.25
 8.   ALABAMA           598      90.22
 9.   Auburn            714      93.06
10.   California        475      93.90


*The Alabama Crimson Tide continues to the lead the SEC with a 30.9 kickoff return average this season.

*For the season, Alabama has 10 kickoff returns for 309 yards in five games.

*Alabama is also among the nation's leaders in kickoff returns as the Crimson Tide ranks eighth in the latest NCAA rankings.

*Bama's 30.9 kickoff return average is a marked improvement from last year.

*Through five games in 2003, Alabama ranked 11th in the SEC with a 17.8 yard average on kick returns.

*On the national level, Alabama was 98th in kickoff returns a year ago.

*One of the main reasons for Bama's success this year is sophomore Tyrone Prothro (Heflin), who leads the SEC and ranks 21st nationally with 26.3 yard average.

*Prothro had his best game of the 2004 season against South Carolina when had three kickoff returns for 91 yards, including a 35-yarder.

*Through five games this season, Prothro has six kickoff returns for 158 yards (26.3 avg).

*Junior Brandon Brooks (Birmingham) has also been a threat this season.  Brooks has four kickoff returns for 151 yards, including an 87-yarder against Western Carolina (Sept. 18).

*Brooks is averaging 37.8 yards per return but has not met the statistical minimums to make the SEC and NCAA leader boards.

*Both Prothro (158 yds) and Brooks (151 yds) have nearly as many kickoff return yards this season as the Crimson Tide team recorded (169 yards) through five games last year.

*In 13 games last year, Alabama had 34 kickoff returns for 766 yards (22.5 avg) and one touchdown.


Rk    School            No-Yds-TDs   Avg.
 1.   Indiana           14-482-1     34.43
 2.   Boston College    8-275-1      34.38
 3.   Stanford          11-374-1     34.00
 4.   Virginia          12-402-1     33.50
 5.   California        4-132-0      33.00
 6.   Clemson           20-634-2     31.70
      Purdue            10-317-1     31.70
 8.   ALABAMA           10-309-0     30.90
 9.   Ohio State        7-200-0      28.57
10.   Illinois          19-522-1     27.47


*An increased number of penalties and turnovers the last two weeks have led to back-to-back losses for the Crimson Tide.

*During its season-opening three-game winning streak, Alabama was penalized an average of 6.3 times per game (19-185) and committed just three turnovers (all fumbles).

*By contrast, opponents averaged 5.3 penalties per game and committed eight turnovers in three losses to Alabama.

*In losses to Arkansas and South Carolina, Alabama has been penalized an average of six times (12-124) per game and committed six turnovers (1 fumble, 5 interceptions).

*In the last two weeks, Arkansas (1-5) and South Carolina (0-0) were penalized a grand total of one time in wins over Alabama.

*Arkansas had one penalty (illegal procedure) for five yards in its 27-10 win over Alabama on Sept. 25.

*South Carolina was not penalized at all in its 20-3 win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2.

*Prior to the South Carolina game, the  last time an Alabama opponent was not penalized was UCLA in the 2001 season opener also at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*Alabama did not throw an interception in its first three games of the season.  In fact, Alabama had 77 pass attempts without an interception before Guillon was picked off in the first quarter of the Arkansas game.

*After not throwing an interception in its first 77 pass attempts this season, Alabama has thrown five interceptions in its last 40 pass attempts, or one every eight passes in the last two games.


*Alabama has posted a 3-2 (.600) record through five games this season. 

*Here is a statistical breakdown of the wins and losses this year.


Category           Wins    Losses
Points Scored      128     13
Average            42.6    6.5
Points Allowed     24      47
 Average           8.0     23.5
Rushing Yards      241.0   207.0
Passing Yards      201.7   62.0
Total Offense      348.7   269.0

Rushing Defense    73.0    207.0
Passing Defense    143.3   84.0
Total Defense      216.3   291.0

Turnovers          3       6
 Fumbles           3       1
 Interceptions     0       5

Penalties Per Gm   6.3     6.0
 Average Yards     41.3    62.0
Punting (No-Yds)   23-929  12-476
Punting Avg        42.0    39.7
Net Punting        38.8    39.7
Possession         35:02   28:38
3rd Down Conv.     17/38   6/25
 Percentage        .447    .240
4th Conv.          1/1     0/2
 Percentage        1.000   .000
Sacks By           6 (-52) 3 (-25)


Here is a brief notebook from each of the Crimson Tide's football games this season.

ALABAMA 48, Utah State 17 (Sept. 4)

Alabama improves to 85-21-3 all-time in season openers ... Alabama has won three straight season openers ... The 48 points against Utah State are the most points in a season opener since Alabama beat Cal 66-0 on Sept. 15, 1973 at Legion Field ... Alabama has scored 40 or more points in back-to-back season openers for the first time since 1941-42 ... During those two years, Alabama whipped Southwestern Louisiana 47-6 in 1941 and 54-0 in 1942 ... Utah State was the Crimson Tide's 117th different opponent ... The win over Utah State snaps a five-game losing streak to first-time opponents at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... The streak included losses to Central Florida (2000), UCLA (2001), Auburn (2002), Oklahoma (2003) and Northern Illinois (2003) ... Alabama posted its 150th all-time win in the month of September ... The win over Utah State improved Alabama to 3-0 all-time on Sept. 4th ...

ALABAMA 28, Ole Miss 7 (Sept. 11)

The Crimson Tide improved to 46-20-2 (.691) all-time record in SEC openers since the league was formed in 1933 ...  Alabama has now won 13 consecutive SEC openers, dating back to 1992 ... The current 13-game winning streak in SEC openers, includes 10 wins over Vanderbilt (1992-2001) and one win over Arkansas (2002), Kentucky (2003) and Ole Miss (2004) ... Alabama is now 9-2 (.818) in SEC openers against Ole Miss ... Alabama earned its sixth straight home win against Ole Miss, dating back to 1992 ... In its last three home wins, Alabama has beaten Ole Miss by a combined 115-21 score ... In addition to this year's 28-7 win, the Crimson Tide also posted a 42-7 win in 2002 and a 45-7 win in 2000 ... The three losses to Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium are the only three times a David Cutcliffe-coached team has lost by 20 or more points ...

ALABAMA 52, Western Carolina 0 (Sept. 18)

This was the first-ever meeting between Alabama and Western Carolina... Western Carolina was Alabama's 118th different football opponent and second this season ... Alabama opened the 2004 season against another first-time foe Utah State ... The 2004 season marks the fifth consecutive year that Alabama has played two teams for the first time in its history ... Bama has compiled an 87-29-2 (.746) all-time record against first-time opponents, including a 73-21-1 (.774) mark in regular season games ... Alabama improved to 4-0 (1.000) all-time against I-AA teams since the division of football was formed in 1978 ... The Western Carolina game was Alabama's first against a I-AA opponent in 10 years ... The last meeting with a I-AA school took place on Sept. 3, 1994 as the Crimson Tide opened the season with a 42-13 win over UT Chattanooga  ... Alexander City native and current NFL star Terrell Owens played in the game for the Mocs ... Alabama is now 9-1 (.900) all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina ... Alabama is 7-0 at home against teams from the Tar Heel state ... In games played on Sept. 18th, UA is now 5-3 (.625) ...

Arkansas 27, ALABAMA 10 (Sept. 25)

Alabama saw its three-game winning streak come to an end at Arkansas ... The Alabama game captains were senior guard Danny Martz (Gaithersburg, Md.), junior linebacker DeMeco Ryans (Bessemer) and sophomore linebacker Terrence Jones (Northport) ... Redshirt sophomore quarterback Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) made his first start at quarterback, subbing for the injured Brodie Croyle (season-ending ACL surgery) ... Arkansas was penalized once for five yards in the win over Alabama ... Arkansas has now won back-to-back games with Alabama for only the second time (1997-98 and 2003-04) in series history ... Alabama falls to 1-5 (.167) in road games under coach Shula ... Alabama closed out the month of September with a 3-1 record ... Bama is also 18-13 (.580) in its last 31 games in the month ... In games played on Sept. 25, Alabama is now 10-2 (.833), including a 5-1 mark in SEC games ... The 27-10 loss at Arkansas snapped a seven-game winning streak on Sept. 25 ... Senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) had 20 carries for 170 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Arkansas ... The 20 rushing attempts and 170 yards are both career highs for the senior ... Bama threw its first interception of the 2004 season (78 pass attempts) when Guillon was picked off by Michael Coe at the Arkansas 47-yard line ... Junior free safety Roman Harper (Prattville) recorded his second interception of the season and third of his career when he picked off a Matt Jones pass at the Alabama 48-yard line with seven minutes left in the first quarter ... Alabama recorded three sacks in the loss at Arkansas, marking the first time in four games this season that Jones had been sacked ... Freshman cornerback Simeon Castille (Birmingham) did not play against Arkansas ...

South Carolina 20, ALABAMA 3 (Oct. 2)

Alabama lost for the second week in a row ... The game captains were junior tight end Clint Johnston (Wetumpka) on offense, senior cornerback Anthony Madison (Thomasville) on defense and sophomore kick returner Brandon Brooks (Birmingham) on special teams ... Senior left guard Evan Mathis made his 40th consecutive start ... South Carolina earned its second straight win over Alabama and its first ever win in the state of Alabama ... The Crimson Tide threw four interceptions in the loss to South Carolina ... The four interceptions are the most by Alabama since Andrew Zow had four interceptions in a 40-38 loss to Central Florida in 1998 ... South Carolina was not penalized in the game ... Alabama was held without a touchdown for the first time this season ... Bama has managed just three points in his last six quarters and 13 points in the last eight quarters ...The three points against South Carolina is the Crimson Tide's lowest point total since a 27-3 loss to LSU last year here in Tuscaloosa ... Alabama was 0-for-11 (.000) on third down conversions ...Sophomore fullback Tim Castille (Birmingham) had the longest run of his career in the first half with a 40-yard run up the middle to give Alabama a first down at the South Carolina 19 yard line and led to the only points of the game for Bama ... The UA defense forced three turnovers, including two fumbles and one interception ... Madison recorded his second interception of the season and third of his career ... Senior defensive end Todd Bates (Heflin) had his first fumble recovery of the season and second in his career ... Junior defensive tackle Rudy Griffin (Hepzibah, Ga.) logged his first career fumble recovery and had a 20-yard return in the fourth quarter ... Sophomore Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) had three kickoff returns in the game for 91 yards, with a long of 35 yards ... He averaged 30.33 yards per return in the loss ... Senior Brian Bostick (Cullman) missed his first kick of the season in the second quarter (36-yard FG) ... He has been successful on 23 of 24 kicks (18-18 PATs, 5-6 FGs)  this season ...


Alabama has lost two straight games ... In those two games, the offense has managed only one touchdown and 13 total points ... The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in rushing with 227.9 yards per game ...By contrast, Alabama is last in the SEC in passing offense (145.8 yards) ... The offensive line has allowed only five sacks this season ... The Bama o-line did not allow a sack against Western Carolina or Arkansas ... Senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) is 164 yards shy of 2,500 all-purpose yards in his career ... Hudson also needs 99 rushing yards for 1,000 career yards in SEC play ... In 26 league games, Hudson has 152 rushing attempts for 901 yards and three TDs ... Sophomore fullback Tim Castille (Birmingham) and sophmore reciver Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) are the only UA player with at least one pass reception in all five games this season ... Castille has caught at least one pass in 17 of his 18 games at Alabama, including 13 in-a-row ... Prothro has at least one reception in 11 of his 14 games at UA, including 11 straight ... UA quarterbacks Brodie Croyle (7-9), Marc Guillon (0-2) and Spencer Pennington (0-1) are a combined 7-12 (.368) in their 19 career starts for the Tide ... The Crimson Tide's average time of possession in their 21 scoring drives this season is 2:37 ... Alabama has nine scoring drives of less than two minutes ... Bama has four scoring drives of more than five minutes ... Alabama is 3-0 this season when scoring first ...Under coach Shula, Alabama is 6-4 (.600) when scoring first ... Bama is 0-2 (.000) this season when opponents score first ... Under Shula, Alabama is 1-7 (.125) when opponents score first, including a seven-game losing streak ... Dating back to last season, Alabama's last four wins have been by an average of 35.5 points ... Those four wins have come against Miss. State (38-0), Utah State (48-17), Ole Miss (28-7) and Western Carolina (52-0) ... In the Shula era, the Crimson Tide's average margin of victory in its seven wins is 28.0 points per game ...

The 11 losses in the Shula era have been by a combined 121 points, an average of 11 points per loss ... Alabama has scored 51 second-quarter points, the most in any quarter this year ... UA has scored in the second quarter in all five games this season and in six straight games dating back to last year ... Alabama is 15-for-18 (.833) in the "red zone" this season, with 10 touchdowns ... Alabama has 16 plays this season of 25 or more yards and eight plays of 40 or more yards ... Alabama has scored via the rush, pass, interception return and punt return ... Alabama's 98-yard scoring drive against Ole Miss (10 plays, 5:24 TOP) is the longest in the SEC this season ... Alabama had two scoring drive of 85 yards or more in the Ole Miss game ... Bama has thrown five interceptions in its last two games, including four in the loss to South Carolina ... After opening the season with 77 pass attempts without an interception, Alabama has thrown five "picks' in its last 40 pass attempts ... UA's first interception of the season did not come until the Arkansas (Sept. 25) game ... South Carolina scored 14 points off turnovers in the win over Alabama ... UA opponents did not cash in a turnover in the first four games ... Meanwhile, Alabama has scored 38 points off turnovers this season ...


Alabama leads the SEC in pass defense (119.6) and total defense (246.2) through five games ... In addition, the Crimson Tide ranks second in pass efficiency defense (90.2) and third in scoring defense (14.2) ...Bama is also among the NCAA leaders in pass defense (3rd), total defense (4th), pass efficiency defense (8th) and scoring defense (t16th) ... Bama's defense is tied with Florida for fourth in the SEC this season with the fewest TDs (9) allowed ... Senior linebacker Cornelius Wortham (Calhoun City, Miss.) recorded his 200th career tackle against South Carolina ... He now has 202 career stops for the Tide ... Wortham and junior free safety Roman Harper (Prattville) are 10th in the SEC this week with 37 tackles and 7.4 stops per game ... Harper is third among SEC defensive backs with 37 total tackles ... Wortham is third among SEC linebackers with 37 tackles ... Harper has a tackle for loss in four straight games ... Redshirt freshman Wallace Gilberry (Bay Minette) ranks fourth in the SEC with two sacks this season ... Senior cornerback Anthony Madison (Thomasville) is fifth in the SEC with eight passes defended ... Harper is eighth in the league with five passes defended ... UA has allowed only 38 total passing yards in the second half in its last three games ... Western Carolina threw of the bulk of the second half yardage, with 23 passing yards against Alabama on Sept. 18th ... Arkansas had six passing yards in the second half and South Carolina added nine yards through the air ... Neither Arkansas or South Carolina completed a pass in the fourth quarter against the Tide defense ... Alabama has forced 12 turnovers this season ... UA has scored on six of those turnovers, resulting in 38 points, including a 31-yard interception return by Simeon Castille in the season opener against Utah State ... Bama has allowed only nine plays this season of 25 or more yards ... Alabama had the third-best "red zone" defense in the SEC this season ... UA opponents are 9-for-14 (.643) this season, with seven TDs ... In the last two games, Arkansas and South Carolina were a combined 8-for-11 (.727) in the red zone, with six TDs ... Alabama allowed only seven "red zone" points in its three wins this season ... UA has allowed 47 "red zone" points in its two losses ...  The UA defense has pitched a shutout in 12 of 20 quarters this season ... In a three-game stretch with Ole Miss, Western Carolina and Arkansas, the Alabama defense allowed only 14 points in 11 quarters ...  Alabama is the only team in the SEC with at least one shutout in each of the last three seasons ... Alabama has forced 36 three-and-outs this season, second-best in the SEC (LSU, 37) ...  


Alabama leads the SEC and ranks eighth nationally in kickoff returns (30.9) this season ... Prothro leads the SEC and ranks 22nd in the NCAA with a 26.9 kickoff return average ...  Senior kicker Brian Bostick has made all but one kick (23 of 24) this season ... He has made all 18 PAT attempts and is 5-for-6 in field goals ... Bostick ranks fourth among kickers in scoring (6.6), sixth overall in scoring and fifth in field goals (1.0) per game ... Senior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw) is sixth in the SEC in punting average (41.0) and second in the SEC in net punting (39.7) ... Redshirt freshman Jamie Christensen (Norcross, Ga.) handles the kickoffs for the Tide ... Christensen has nine touchbacks in 28 kickoffs this season ...  Freshman Marcel Stamps (Brantley) had a blocked punt return (29 yards) for a touchdown against Western Carolina ...


Here is the statistical comparison between Alabama and Kentucky entering Saturday's game.


Category          UA       UK
Points Scored     141      70
Average           28.2     17.5
Points Allowed    71       77
 Average          14.2     19.25

Rushing Yards     227.4    146.0
Passing Yards     145.8    175.2
Total Offense     373.2    321.2

Rushing Defense   126.6    197.2
Passing Defense   119.6    223.2
Total Defense     246.2    420.5

Turnovers         9        11
 Fumbles          4        5
 Interceptions    5        6

Penalties Per Gm  31-309   27-290
 Average Yards    61.8     72.5
Punting (No-Yds)  28-1148  20-78
Punting Avg       41.0     39.0
Net Punting       39.7     33.9
Possession        32:29    27:58
3rd Down Conv.    23/63    19/59
 Percentage       .365     .322
4th Down Conv.    1/3      4/9
 Percentage       .333     .444
Sacks By          9 (-77)  10 (-64)


Ray Hudson (UA)         74-539-3
Kenneth Darby (UA)      59-338-3
Tim Castille (UA)       35-159-2

Tony Dixon (UK)         31-209-1
Shane Boyd (UK)         49-160-2
Arliss Beach (UK)       19-70-0

PASSING LEADERS         Comp-Att-Int-Yds-TD

Marc Guillon (UA)       20-43-3-191-1
Spencer Pennington (UA) 8-2-2-4-0

Shane Boyd (UK)         124-64-5-629-2
Andre' Woodson (UK)     11-6-1-72-1


Tim Castille (UA)       10-88-0
Ray Hudson (UA)         10-72-1
Keith Brown (UA)        8-138-1

Glenn Holt (UK)         17-170-1
Scott Mitchell (UK)     10-161-1
Lonnell DeWalt (UK)     7-91-1

PUNTING                 No-Yds-Avg-Blk

Bo Freelend (UA)        28-1148-41.0-0
Anthony Thornton (UK)   17-642-37.8-0

PUNT RETURNS            No-Yds-Avg-Blk

Brandon Brooks (UA)     15-37-2.5-0
Marcel Stamps (UA)      1-29-29.0-1

Dicky Lyons (UK)        7-25-3.6-0

KICKOFF RETURNS         No-Yds-Avg-Blk

Tyrone Prothro (UA)     6-158-26.3-0
Brandon Brooks (UA)     4-151-37.8-0

Draak Davis (UK)        6-125-20.8-0
Keenan Burton (UK)      3-88-29.3-0

TACKLES                 Solo-Ast-Total

Roman Harper (UA)       22-15-37
Cornelius Wortham (UA)  14-23-27
Ramzee Robinson (UA)    13-9-22
DeMeco Ryans (UA)       9-11-20
Demarcus Waldrop (UA)   7-12-19

Chad Anderson (UK)      21-11-32
Jon Sumrall (UK)        19-8-27
Ellery Moore (UK)       11-10-21
Muhammad Abdullah (UK)  14-6-20
Ray Fontaine (UK)       14-5-19

SACKS                   No-Yards Lost

Wallace Gilberry (UA)   2 (-15)
Ellery Moore (UK)       2 (-13)
Ricky Abern (UK)        2 (-12)


*Alabama holds a commanding 32-2-1 (.929) series lead over Kentucky in a series that dates back to 1917.

*Kentucky is the 11th most common opponent in the Crimson Tide football record book.


Rank  Opponent            Games
 1.   Mississippi State   88
 2.   Tennessee           87
 3.   Vanderbilt          79
 4.   Auburn              68
 5.   LSU                 67
 6.   Georgia             63
 7.   Georgia Tech        52
      Ole Miss            52
 9.   Southern Miss       40
      Tulane              40
11.   Kentucky            36

*Alabama's 32 wins against Kentucky are the tied for the eighth-most in school history against an opponent.


Rank  Opponent            Wins
 1.   Mississippi State   69
 2.   Vanderbilt          56
 3.   Tennessee           43
      LSU                 43
 5.   Ole Miss            41
 6.   Auburn              38
 7.   Georgia             35
 8.   Kentucky            32
      Southern Miss       32
10.   Georgia Tech        28

*Alabama's .928 winning percentage against Kentucky (32-2-1) is the second-highest against any football opponent with a minimum of 20 games played. 


Rank  Opponent (Record)    Pct.
 1.   Howard (20-0-1)      .976
 2.   Kentucky (32-2-1)    .928

*The Crimson Tide and Wildcats played every year from 1922-47 with the exception of 1943, but have played only 10 times since.

*The two teams met last year in Tuscaloosa with Alabama claiming a 27-17 win on Sept. 13 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

*This is the first meeting between the two teams here in Lexington since Tim Couch engineered a 40-34 overtime upset of Alabama on Oct. 4, 1997.  The win snapped  a 31-game unbeaten streak by Alabama in the series. 

*Couch's 26-yard pass to Craig Yeast in overtime gave the Wildcats their first win over Alabama in 75 years.

*The Wildcats also beat the Crimson Tide 6-0 on Nov. 18, 1922 in Lexington for its only other series win.

*Alabama's 21-6 win over Kentucky on Nov. 5, 1927 was the Crimson Tide's final game at Rickwood Field, which still exists today as the nation's oldest professional baseball park.

*The Crimson Tide's 26-6 win over Kentucky on Oct. 29, 1938 gave coach Frank Thomas is 62nd win, making him Alabama's all-time winningest coach.  Thomas finished with 115 all-time wins.  He held that distinction until Paul "Bear" Bryant broke the record in 1971 with his 116th win with the Crimson Tide.  Bryant wrapped up his 25-year career with a school-record 232 career wins.

*The 1938 win over Kentucky was also Alabama's 250th all-time football win.

*Alabama and Kentucky played to a 7-7 tie at Legion Field on Nov. 4, 1939 to snap the Crimson Tide's 17-game series winning streak.

*Kentucky's 40-34 win over Alabama in Oct. 4, 1997 was their first win over the Crimson Tide since 1927 and snapped a 32-game winless streak in the streak.

*The loss at UK in 1997 was also the first-ever overtime game in the history of Alabama football.

*In 1981, Alabama's Peter Kim kicked four field goals in a 19-10 win over UK.

*Alabama avoided an upset at the hands of Kentucky on Oct. 1, 1988 as the Crimson Tide scored 24 fourth-quarter points to beat the Wildcats, 31-27.  Alabama trailed 27-17 with less than six minutes to play before staging the comeback.  Vince Sutton's three-yard TD pass to Gene Newberry in the final seconds was the game winner.


*Alabama and Kentucky have met at five different sites over the years, with Lexington being the most common site.

*The Crimson Tide owns a 12-2 (.857) record  in Lexington since its first meeting in 1917.

*Ironically, Alabama met in Kentucky in the second-ever game here at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 22, 1973.  After a sluggish first half, Willie Shelby's second half kickoff return sparked the Crimson Tide to a 28-14 win. 

*Overall, Alabama holds a 13-2 (.867) series lead in the state of Kentucky, which includes a 1-0 mark in Louisville.

*Alabama is undefeated (19-0-1) in 19 meetings  with Kentucky in the state of Alabama, including a 8-0 record in Tuscaloosa.

UA-UK Series Record by Site

Site              UA Record
Birmingham        7-0-1
Lexington         12-2
Louisville        1-0
Montgomery        4-0
Tuscaloosa        8-0


*Legendary head coach Paul W. Bryant served as head coach at both Kentucky (1946-53) and Alabama (1958-82) in his illustrious coaching career.

*Bryant is still today the all-time winningest coach at Kentucky, compiling a 60-23-5 (.710) record in eight seasons in the Bluegrass. 

*Bryant compiled eight winning seasons and took the `Cats to four bowl games, including the 1951 Sugar Bowl.

*In the Jan. 1, 1951 Sugar Bowl, Bryant's team upset No. 1 ranked Oklahoma 13-7 to snap the Sooners' 31-game winning streak.

*Kentucky went 10-1 in 1950 and won the national championship (Sagarin) and the SEC Championship.

*Some of Bryant's star pupils were Bob Gain (1950 Outland Trophy), Babe Parilli, George Blanda, Jerry Claiborne and Charlie Bradshaw.

*Bryant's career at Alabama spanned 25 years and he became the game's all-time winningest coach in 1981. 

*During his tenure at Alabama, Bryant led the Crimson Tide to a 232-46-9 (.824) record, six national championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979) and 12 SEC titles.

*Bryant's 300th all-time coaching win came at the hands of Kentucky as the Crimson Tide posted a 45-0 win on Oct. 4, 1980 at Legion Field.

*Bryant's only game against Alabama during his head coaching career came at Kentucky.  The Crimson Tide handed the Wildcats a 21-7 loss at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl on Oct. 26, 1946.

*Current ESPN analyst Bill Curry also coached at both Alabama and Kentucky. 

*In three years at Alabama, Curry compiled a 26-10 (.722) record, leading the Crimson Tide to a share of the 1989 SEC Championship.  After a 10-2 season in 1989, he left for Kentucky, where he compiled a 26-52 (.333) record from 1990-96.

*Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history, was the running backs coach at Kentucky in 1959 under Blanton Collier.  Shula served on the same staff with two future head coaches, including Howard Schnellenberger and Bill Arnsparger.

*Larry "Dude" Hennessey, is a native of nearby Paris, Ky (17 miles south of Lexington) and played for coach Bryant at Kentucky (1951-54).

*Hennessey was also an assistant coach for Bryant at Alabama from 1960-76.  He later became the director of Paul W. Bryant Hall and now works in the Tide Pride Office at Alabama.

*Hennessey will accomany the team to Lexington this weekend as a guest of Director of Atheltics Mal Moore.

*Kentucky defensive coordinator Mike Archer spent the 1996-2000 seasons as linebacker coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Archer also served as assistant coach, defensive coordinator and head coach at LSU from 1984-90.

*UK junior linebacker Jon Sumrall is a 2000 graduate of Grissom HS in Hunstville.  As a prep senior, Sumrall recorded 104 tackles and led Grissom to the Class 6A state semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Hoover.  Sumrall also set the Grissom career record with 18 interceptions.

*Sumrall's brother, Joe, is a former student assistant in the Alabama Media Relations Office and former intern with the website.

*Former Alabama head basketball coach (1969-80) C.M. Newton is a UK grad and recently served as Director of Athletics at UK before his retirement. 

*Former Alabama assistant football coach and baseball coach Jess Neely is the great uncle to Kentucky football SID Tony Neely. 

*Neely was an Alabama assistant football coach from 1928-30 under head coach Wallace Wade.

*Alabama posted an undefeated 10-0 record in 1930 en route to its third national championship.

*There have been eight former Alabama players to serve as assistant coaches at Kentucky.

Player                  Position    UK Years
Vic Bradford (`39)      Backs       1951
Leon Fuller (`60)       DBs         1966-68
Carney Laslie (`33)     Tackles     1946-51
Walter Lewis (`84)      Backs       1990-91
Tommy Limbaugh (`67)    Asst. HC    1990-94
Bud Moore (`61)         O-Line      1962-64
Frank Moseley (`33)     Backs       1946-51
Charley Pell (`63)      DL          1965-68

*There have been seven former Kentucky players to serve as assistant coaches at Alabama.

Player                        UA Years
Charlie Bradshaw (`49)        1959-61
Jerry Claiborne (`49)         1958-60
Phil Cutchin (`46)            1959
Ralph Genito (`49)            1965
Dude Hennessey (`54)          1960-76
Pat James (`50)               1958-64
Howard Schnellenberger (`55)  1961-65


Alabama 27, Kentucky 17 (9-13-03)

*Coach Mike Shula enjoyed his first victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium in more than 16 years as Alabama defeated Kentucky, 27-17, in their 2003 SEC opener.

*UA tailback Shaud Williams accounted for 192 of the team's 464 total yards, including 174 yards rushing. 

*His efforts earned him SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

*Alabama opened up a quick 10-0 lead on the Wildcats in the second quarter, thanks to Williams' 15-yard run and a Brian Bostick field goal.

*Kentucky narrowed the Tide lead to 10-7 by the halftime break, as Draak Davis scored on a one-yard plunge.

*The Tide defense was focused on the tall - not to mention wide - task of shutting down Kentucky's Jared Lorenzen.

*Lorenzen, the 6-4, 260 pound quarterback was just as famous for his size and durability, as for his strong arm. The Tide succeeded in frustrating the big `Cat throughout the night, holding him to a mere 169 yards through the air. Kentucky was less successful on the ground, managing only 26 yards on 23 carries.

*In the second half, Shaud Williams continued to pound the line of scrimmage, scoring on runs of two yards and seven yards. The Tide finished with a 12:52 advantage in time of possession.

*UA quarterback Brodie Croyle completed 14 of 27 passes for 198 yards. Williams and Kenneth Darby  accounted for 236 of Bama's 266 rushing yards.


Alabama has compiled a 225-117-12 (.653) all-time road record in 354 games.

*The above record does not include neutral site games, bowl games or the Alabama-Auburn game played at Legion Field from 1948-88.

*Alabama is 1-5 (.167) on the road in the Shula era, including an 0-1 mark this season.  The Crimson Tide was 1-4 (.200) on the road last season.

*Alabama is 8-8 (.500) in its last 16 road games, including a 6-5 (.545) mark in SEC road games.

*Historically Alabama has been a strong road team. 

*From 1970-75, Alabama won a school record 21 consecutive road games. 

*From 1970-82, Alabama was 35-6 (.854) in 41 road games.

*Since 1982, Alabama is 60-30-1 (.665) on the road.


*The Crimson Tide has posted a 30-18 road record (.625) since the 1992 season, the third-best total in the SEC.

*Here is a look at the SEC road records since the league expanded to 12 teams in 1992.


*Alabama has compiled a 150-95-5 (.612) all-time record on television since its first televised game in 1951. 

*The South Carolina game was Alabama's 250th all-time television appearance since 1951.

*The Kentucky game will be Alabama's fourth television appearance of the season and third in-a-row.

*Last year's Ole Miss game (Oct. 18, 2003) marked Alabama's 200th televised regular-season game.

*The Crimson Tide has compiled a 125-78-3 (.614) record in 206 regular-season TV games.


*Alabama has compiled a 312-98-16 (.751) all-time record in 426 games in the month of October.

*Since 1983, Alabama is 42-28 (.600) in the month of October.

*Alabama has posted a 12-14 (.462) in the month of October since the 1997 season.

*The Crimson Tide has lost 10 of its last 15 games in the month of October, including a four-game losing streak.

*The Crimson Tide has had a losing record in the month of October in four (1997, 2001, 2001 and 2003) of the last seven years.

*Alabama played its first-ever October game on Oct. 14, 1893, losing 4-0 to Birmingham Athletic Club here in Tuscaloosa.

*In 1909, Alabama posted a 4-0-1 record in October and shutout all five opponents.  The Crimson Tide and Ole Miss played to a scoreless tie.

*Alabama posted an impressive 16 consecutive shutouts from Oct. 21, 1916 through Oct. 30, 1920.

*Coach Xen Scott's 1920 squad shutout all five opponents in the month of October by a composite 205-0 score.

*Alabama posted a 26-game winning streak in the month from Oct. 31, 1914 through Oct. 22, 1921.

*The Crimson Tide also posted a 14-game winning streak during the 1924-26 seasons.

*Alabama had three significant winning streaks in the month of October during Coach Paul Bryant's 25-year tenure. 

*The Crimson posted 28-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 9, 1976 through Oct. 16, 1982. 

*Alabama had a 23-game winning streak from Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 25, 1975.

*During those same two periods (Oct. 24, 1970 through Oct. 16, 1982), Alabama lost only one football game in the month of October and posted an incredible 50-1-1 (.971) record over a 12-year period in the month.

*The Crimson Tide's only loss in that 12-year period was a 21-0 shutout loss at Georgia on Oct. 2, 1976, snapping Alabama's 69-game scoring streak.


*Alabama has never lost on Oct. 9 and has compiled a 10-0 (1.000) record on that date.

*The Crimson Tide's last game on Oct. 9 was a 42-21 win over Penn State at Legion Field in 1982.  The loss to Alabama that day was the only loss of the season for the Nittany Lions, who went on to beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and win the national championship.

*Alabama is 3-0 (1.000) in road games played on Oct. 9th.

*The Crimson Tide is also 2-0 (1.000) in SEC games played on this date.

Games Played on Oct. 9th

Year  Result                        Site      
1909  Alabama 14, Howard 0          Tuscaloosa
1915  Alabama 67, Bham Southern 0   Tuscaloosa
1920  Alabama 45, Bham Southern 0   Tuscaloosa
1926  Alabama 19, Vanderbilt 7      Nashville
1937  Alabama 20, S Carolina 0      Tus