Football Post-Game Notes: Alabama 45, Kentucky 17

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Saturday, October 09, 2004

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PREGAME NOTES:  Alabama game captains for the Kentucky game were junior center JB Closner (offense), junior strong safety Charlie Peprah (defense) and sophomore receiver/kick returner Tyrone Prothro (special teams) ... Kentucky won the toss and deferred to the second half ... Alabama had two new starters today against UK, one on both sides of the football ... Junior quarterback Spencer Pennington (Fayette) made his first start of the 2004 season, subbing for Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.), who is nursing a sore back ... Pennington's only other career start came last year at Georgia in a 37-23 loss in Athens ... Redshirt freshman Demarcus Waldrop (Pinson) made his first career start at weak linebacker in place of the injured sophomore Juwan Garth (Decatur), who has a injured shoulder ...
 
PLAYER PARTICIPATION:  Alabama played 67 players of the 70 players in the game against UK ... The only three that did not see action were three quarterbacks Marc Guillon, Adam Thrash and A.J. Milwee ...  Junior tight end Greg McClain (Lineville) saw his first action of the 2004 season as he played the last three offensive possessions at tight end today ...
 
DUDE HENNESSEY RETURNS HOME:  Long-time Alabama assistant coach and former Kentucky football letterman Larry "Dude" Hennessey made the trip to Commonwealth Stadium for the Alabama-Kentucky football game ...  A native of Paris, Ky., Hennessey played for coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Blanton Collier at UK from 1951-54 ... Hennessey joined the Alabama coaching staff in 1961 and served as an assistant until 1976 ... Since then, he has served the athletic department in various capacities, including the director of Bryant Hall, the football dormitory and his current position in the Tide Pride office ... Hennessey was teammate at UK with Babe Parilli (1949-51), who served as UK's honorary captain for the game today ...  
 
DON SHULA ATTENDS UK GAME:
  Coach Don Shula, the father of Alabama head coach Mike Shula and the winningest coach in NFL history, was in attendance at the Alabama-Kentucky football game ... Shula was an assistant coach for one season at UK under Blanton Collier in 1959 ... Other prominent coaches on that staff included Bill Arnsparger and Howard Schnellenberger ... Arnsparger was also in attendance this weekend as he attended UA's practice on Friday with Don Shula and then saw the game on Saturday ...
 
PROTHRO RECORDS 100-YARD KICKOFF RETURN:  Sophomore Tyrone Prothro (Heflin) tied the Alabama record with a 100-yard kickoff return with 11:34 left in the game ... Prothro's 100-yard kickoff return is the seventh in Alabama history and first since Pierre Goode had a 100-yard kickoff return to open the second half against Ole Miss in 1988 ... The complete list of UA's 100-yard kickoff returns includes Jim Burkett (vs. Duquesne, 1948), Gary Martin (vs. Miami, 1963), Ray Ogden (vs. Auburn, 1964), George Ranager (vs. Auburn, 1969), Willie Shelby (vs. Kentucky, 1973), Goode (vs. Ole Miss, 1988) and Prothro (vs. Kentucky, 2004) ...
 
MARC GUILLON NOTEBOOK:  Alabama sophomore quarterback Marc Guillon (Chico, Calif.) did not start against Kentucky and did not see action as he rested his sore back ...
 
SPENCER PENNINGTON UNDER CENTER:  Junior quarterback Spencer Pennington (Fayette) made is first start of the season and second of his career against Kentucky ... He completed seven of 11 passes for 83 yards and no touchdowns and no interceptions ... Pennington is the third different starting quarterback used by Alabama this season, joining junior Brodie Croyle and Guillon ... The Crimson Tide also started three different quarterbacks last season as the Tide used Croyle, Pennington and Brandon Avalos ... Pennington completed his first six passes in the game for 85 yards ...
 
RAY HUDSON NOTEBOOK:  Alabama senior tailback Ray Hudson (Bonifay, Fla.) left the game with a knee injury at the 8:30 mark of the third quarter ... Prior to the injury, Hudson ran 18 times for 99 yards and one touchdown in the win ... With 99 rushing yards against UK, Hudson now has exactly 1,000 career SEC rushing yards in 27 conference games ... Hudson ran 12 times for 82 yards and one TD in the first half ... For the season, Hudson has 278 rushing attempts for 1,639 yards and four touchdowns ...
 
KENTUCKY SERIES NOTES:  Alabama now leads the all-time series with Kentucky, 33-2-1 ... The Crimson Tide is now 13-2 in games played here in Lexington ... Bama is 4-1 in games played here at Commonwealth Stadium ...
 
OFFENSE NOTEBOOK:  Alabama's 45 points today are the most in an SEC game since a 45-7 win over Ole Miss during the 2000 season ... The UA offense had the ball for a season-high 41:05 in the game ... Bama had a season-high 304 rushing yards today against UK ... The previous high was 271 rushing yards against Arkansas two weeks ago ... Bama had two backs fall one yard shy of the 100-yard mark against UK ... In addition to Hudson's 99 yards, sophomore tailback Kenneth Darby (Huntsville) had 20 rushing attempts for 99 yards and two TDs in the win ... Darby's 20 rushing attempts is a career high, surpassing his previous best of 17 against Ole Miss earlier this year ... Darby's two rushing TDs equals his career best set earlier this year against Western Carolina ...  Sophomore fullback Tim Castille (Birmingham) had eight rushing attempts for 33 yards and a career-high two TDs in the win ... Alabama had two lengthy scoring drives in the first half, including an SEC-best 99-yard scoring drive in the second quarter ... Hudson's nifty 20-yard touchdown run with 7:17 left in the second quarter capped a 14-play, 99-yard drive that used more than seven minutes (7:30 TOP) off the clock ... The plays, yards and TOP were all season-highs for the UA offense this season ... The 99-yard drive was the longest in the SEC this season, surpassing Alabama's 98-yard scoring drive in a 28-7 win over Ole Miss (Sept. 11) ... Earlier in the game, Alabama had an 11-pay, 80-yard drive (5:45 TOP) capped by sophomore Tim Castille's (Birmingham) one-yard run ... Alabama had 116 yards of offense in the first quarter, including 98 rushing yards on 16 attempts ... In addition, Bama also held the ball for 11:57 of the first quarter against UK ...
 
DEFENSE NOTEBOOK:  Alabama forced three turnovers in the win and cashed two of three in for points today ... UA also blocked one punt, too ... In all four UK miscues led to three UA scores in the blowout win ... The Alabama defense held Kentucky to four yards of total offense in the first quarter of today's game, including minus three yards rushing ... UK ran only six offensive plays in the first quarter despite an average field position of the UK 46.5 yard line ... The UA defense forced a turnover deep in UK territory late in the third quarter to set up a touchdown ... Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry sacked UK quarterback Shane Boyd for a 10-yard loss and a fumble caused ... Senior middle linebacker Cornelius Wortham recovered the fumble at the UK five-yard line ...
 
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTEBOOK: Senior Brian Bostick (Cullman) had a 46-yard field goal blocked (Lonnell Dewalt) on the Crimson Tide's opening drive ... It was his second consecutive missed field goal attempt ... The blocked field goal was the first against Alabama since Tennessee's Jason Allen blocked a 26-yard attempt by Bostick during the second quarter of last year's 51-43 overtime loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium ... Bostick also added two PATs and a 36-yard field goal and has now made 26 of 28 kicks this season ... Senior cornerback Anthony Madsion (Thomasville) recorded his first career blocked punt and was credited with a 15-yard return with 3:21 left in the third quarter ... Madison's blocked punt is the second of the year by Alabama ... Marcel Stamps (Brantley) had a blocked punt return and touchdown (29 yards) against Western Carolina ... Alabama did not punt in the first half ... Senior punter Bo Freelend (Eutaw, Ala.) had what might have been the play of the game for Alabama has he avoided a blocked punt and then turned the play into a 24-yard gain ...