BIRMINGHAM,AL.(WIAT) - Alabama started off slow but in the second quarter the Tide came out rolling as the cruised to an easy win 48-7 over Kentucky. Part of Nick Saban's press conference after the game is above and below are notes from the University of Alabama media relations department:
• Alabama’s captains for tonight’s game at Kentucky were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kenny Bell. The Crimson Tide won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
• With the win, Alabama is 36-2-1 against Kentucky and has won five straight in the series. The Tide now boasts a 16-2 record in the state of Kentucky (15-2 in Lexington & 1-0 in Louisville).
• Alabama now holds a 17-game winning streak away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. The 17-game streak includes both true road games and neutral-site games and dates back to a 24-21 loss at LSU on Nov. 6, 2010.
• Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 44 times since the start of the 2007 season. Alabama has shut out the opposition 11 times during the Saban era.
• For the seventh time in its last 10 games, Alabama has held its opponent scoreless in the first half. In addition to today’s game, the Crimson Tide shut out Georgia State (Oct. 5, 2013), Ole Miss (Sept. 28, 2013), Colorado State (Sept. 21, 2013), Notre Dame (Jan. 7, 2013), Auburn (Nov. 24, 2012) and Western Carolina (Nov. 17, 2012) during the first two quarters of play.
• With Cade Foster’s 25-yard field goal in the second quarter, Alabama has scored in 162 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
• Attendance for tonight’s game was 69,873.
• For the first time in program history, Alabama had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers in the same game. AJ McCarron finished with a career-best 359 yards passing, while Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon added 106 yards and 124 yards rushing, respectively.
• Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon both eclipsed the 100-yard rushing milestone, marking the 16th time in Alabama history that a pair of Tide rushers has done so in the same game. It is also the third time in the last eight games it has occurred, with Eddie Lacy and Yeldon achieving the feat against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game and against Georgia in the SEC Championship.
• The Tide’s 668 yards of total offense is the most for Alabama in the series, surpassing the previous high of 464 set on Sept. 13, 2003.
• AJ McCarron finished the game with 359 yards passing, bringing him to 7,306 yards for his career. McCarron is now 618 shy of John Parker Wilson (7,924) for No. 1 on the Tide’s career passing leaders list.
• The Alabama defense limited Kentucky to only 62 yards of total offense in the first half (21 passing, 41 rushing). Kentucky was 0-6 in third down attempts and had only four first downs.
• The Crimson Tide did not allow Kentucky to cross the 50-yard line until its second drive of the third quarter.
• C.J. Mosley continues to lead the Crimson Tide defense, finishing with a team-high seven tackles. The senior linebacker now has 48 total tackles on the season.
• In head coach Nick Saban’s 86-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 57 times, or 66.3 percent of the time.
• During head coach Nick Saban’s last 74 games at the Capstone (since the start of the 2008 season), the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to fewer than 200 yards of total offense 28 times.
Special Teams Notes
• Kicker Cade Foster set a career high for points in a game with 12. Foster had two field goals, first from 25 yards, then from 20 yards, and six extra points.
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