Live Updates: Alabama 63, Kentucky 3; Final
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 1 Alabama (6-0) will play host to the Kentucky Wildcats (3-4) this afternoon inside a socially-distanced Bryant-Denny Stadium (19,424 capacity). The Crimson Tide and Wildcats will square off at 3 p.m. CT, and the game will air on the SEC Network.
Alabama and Kentucky will meet for the 41st time in series history when the two teams square off today. The Crimson Tide holds a 37-2-1 all-time advantage in the series and has won six straight against the Wildcats. The two teams met every year from 1922-47, with the exception of 1943 due to World War II. Since that 1947 season, the Tide and Wildcats have met just 14 times with Alabama holding a 13-1 advantage over that stretch. The Crimson Tide is 21-0-1 all-time against UK in the state of Alabama, including a perfect 11-0 record in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 7-0 in his career against Kentucky and owns a 4-0 mark against the Wildcats while at Alabama. The two teams last met in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 1, 2016, with the Crimson Tide claiming a 34-6 win over the Wildcats on Homecoming. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is 0-2 against the Tide.
Follow live updates and analysis in the space below by refreshing the page, and join the discussion in the connecting thread on the BamaOnLine Round Table by CLICKING HERE.PREGAME
-- Alabama's Game 7 captains are Landon Dickerson, DeVonta Smith and Dylan Moses.
-- LaBryan Ray (elbow) has a brace on his left arm but is dressed out and going through pregame drills.
-- Players I didn't see in warmups: Darrian Dalcourt, Jah-Marien Latham, Shane Lee, King Mwikuta, Pierce Quick, Kristian Story, Paul Tyson or Stephon Wynn.FIRST QUARTER
-- Alabama wins the toss and elects to defer to the second half. Kentucky will receive the opening kickoff.
-- LaBryan Ray (elbow) checks into the game for a 3rd and 6 for UK.
-- Jahleel Billingsley gets the start at tight end, catches a pass from Mac Jones on the first play and hurdles a guy for a 34-yard gain.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 7, Kentucky 0 (10:07)
-- Najee Harris with the 1-yard rushing score.
-- UK's Terry Wilson to Josh Ali for a 33-yard gain down to the UA 17.
FIELD GOAL: Alabama 7, Kentucky 3 (5:19)
-- Matt Ruffolo boots a 33-yarder through the uprights.
-- Slade Bolden and Brian Robinson are back deep to return kickoffs.
-- To open Alabama's second drive, Mac Jones hits Najee Harris for a 24-yard pickup to midfield.
-- Mac Jones is nearly picked off on 3rd and 10. Charlie Scott will punt from his own 49-yard line.
-- Josh Jobe penalized for PI on a deep shot from Kentucky. Cats will have 1st and 10 at the UA 37.
End of 1Q: #Alabama 7, Kentucky 3 pic.twitter.com/3IsHzcurmU— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 21, 2020
-- Alabama gets a stop on 3rd and Goal from its own 7-yard line. A bad snap on a field goal try leads to a chase for the ball, and UA will take over at its own 42.
-- Alabama is looking to Jahleel Billingsley early and often today. His second catch goes for a 27-yard gain down to the UK 28.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 14, Kentucky 3 (10:12)
-- Mac Jones hits DeVonta Smith for the 10-yard score.
-- Kentucky's Matt Ruffolo misses a 42-yard field goal attempt.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 21, Kentucky 3 (4:02)
-- Najee Harris with the 42-yard rushing score. It was the longest run of Harris' career.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 28, Kentucky 3 (0:46)
-- Mac Jones to John Metchie for the 18-yard score.
Halftime: #Alabama 28, Kentucky 3 pic.twitter.com/b3SUnajZy8— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 21, 2020
-- Mac Jones is picked off on a shot to the end zone by Kelvin Joseph. Kentucky takes over at its own 22.
-- Slade Bolden is back out there and deep to return this punt after getting some attention on the sideline. But he gingerly leaves the field after a touchback.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 35, Kentucky 3 (10:14)
-- Jordan Battle with a 45-yard INT return for a score.
-- Joey Gatewood is now in the game at quarterback for Kentucky.
-- DeVonta Smith is back deep to return this punt in place of Slade Bolden. Smith returns it 41 yards down to the Kentucky 29.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 42, Kentucky 3 (6:43)
-- Brian Robinson with a 1-yard rushing score.
-- Bryce Young is in at quarterback; Mac Jones' final stats: 16-of-24 passing, 230 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
-- Bryce Young's first play is a 36-yard completion to DeVonta Smith.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 49, Kentucky 3 (1:42)
-- Bryce Young hits DeVonta Smith for an 18-yard score. That was Young's first college TD.
-- New Kentucky QB Beau Allen sacked by Christian Harris and Christopher Allen on back-to-back plays, and the Wildcats will punt.
End of 3Q: #Alabama 49, Kentucky 3 pic.twitter.com/29hhNvlN13— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 21, 2020
-- Jase McClellan sees four straight carries and rumbles for 16 yards on his last run. Fellow freshman Roydell Williams just replaced him.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 56, Kentucky 3 (9:15)
-- Roydell Williams with the 2-yard rushing score -- the first touchdown of his career.
-- Alabama has true freshmen in at QB, RB, all three WR spots, left tackle, center and right tackle. Seth McLaughlin and Damieon George are making their debuts.
TOUCHDOWN: Alabama 63, Kentucky 3 (1:35)
-- Jase McClellan with the 19-yard rushing score -- the first of his collegiate career.
Final: #Alabama 63, Kentucky 3 pic.twitter.com/Dyzo1Ysiem— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) November 22, 2020
Did you know BOL has a podcast? The Built By BamaOnLine Podcast brings you the latest Alabama news and insight from Travis Reier, Charlie Potter, Hank South and Tim Watts. Catch the latest episode right here or subscribe on iTunes today!
Contact Charlie Potter by personal message or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).