The game was pretty much all but over mid-way through the first quarter after the Crimson Tide took a quick 21-0 lead.
It was an all-systems-failure game from Mark Stoops’ squad, and it feels like that is becoming quite the common occurrence for the Wildcats, specifically against teams with moderate-to-good offenses.
It was also yet another brutal game for the defense, just getting carved up and out-schemed by Alabama on most possessions.
The Kentucky offense showed some signs of life at various moments but would then be hindered by typical stuff that we have seen all season long. Leary looked decent, and the receivers looked more comfortable than they did against Georgia or Missouri but couldn’t keep up with Alabama’s defense.
It’s certainly hard to pick an MVP on Kentucky’s side of the ball for this one, so we’ll go with Ray Davis, who had a pair of touchdowns. Though he was bottled up in yardage by a stout Alabama defensive front, he still managed to catch five passes for 36 yards while running for another 26 yards.
And a shoutout to Ramon Jefferson, who actually had the most yards by a skill player from Kentucky with 76 yards rushing on two carries, though it was garbage time.
It was just a brutal game on both sides of the ball, but still slightly(?) better than the Georgia game.
There's a lot riding on Kentucky's final two games of the regular season, and that's an understatement.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) November 11, 2023
With today's impending loss to Alabama, UK will drop to 2-39-1 all-time against the Crimson Tide.— Cameron Drummond (@cdrummond97) November 11, 2023
UK's wins came in 1922 and 1997, both in Lexington.
Bad visual on the scoreboard to wrap up the 2023 Kentucky football season at Kroger Field. pic.twitter.com/G4uMmOJh9e— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) November 11, 2023
RAY DAVIS TOUCHDOWN!!!! pic.twitter.com/ggYSc0OWPt— Barstool Kentucky (@BarstoolUK) November 11, 2023
Update: Alabama now leads 49-14— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) November 11, 2023
These two teams don’t belong on the same field. https://t.co/8xlSdBMW7m
Georgia beat Kentucky 51-13 and outgained them 608-183. They've won their other SEC games by an average of 13.2 PPG.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) November 11, 2023
Alabama is beating Kentucky 49-14 in Lexington. They're outgaining UK 413-176. Average margin of victory in all other SEC games: 14.8 PPG.
Really good teams, but…
South Carolina and Kentucky will play in the Who Still Cares Bowl next week. https://t.co/qcrGwC4lhx— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 11, 2023
I don't need Kentucky to get on the level of Alabama or Georgia.— WT - Adou Enthusiast (@WildcatsTongue) November 11, 2023
But I don't think getting on the level of an Ole Miss is unfathomable. Avoid blowouts for the most part, win big games at home, challenge for a NY6 bowl every few years.
The only thing that gets me through watching a Kentucky football game pic.twitter.com/g62HOcgJAH— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 11, 2023
Kentucky's defense by design is built to get scoring opportunity stops. They haven't gotten 1 in 5 chances today.— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) November 11, 2023
You simply can't play this zone-heavy style if you're just going to give up touchdowns each time the offense crosses the 50. https://t.co/oTll8qC14E
Kentucky lost 51-13 to Georgia, got outscored 38-7 over the final three quarters against Missouri, never led against Tennessee, lost 49-21 to Alabama.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 11, 2023
After a 5-0 start, the Cats have lost four out of five and been almost totally uncompetitive. "Pony up" looks worse by the day.
This is the worst 9-game home SEC stretch for Kentucky Football since a 1-8 stretch from 2012-2014 https://t.co/wP0VNtGePD— WT - Adou Enthusiast (@WildcatsTongue) November 11, 2023
Kentucky has been outscored by Georgia and Alabama 100-34.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) November 11, 2023
That's the give and take with scheduling in September like they do. It has been an integral part of their improvement, securing those Ws, but it makes things worse October-on. https://t.co/FEI2sBfcgO— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) November 11, 2023
FINAL at Kroger Field— Michael Epps (@MichaelEppsTV) November 11, 2023
Alabama - 49
Kentucky - 21
Nick Saban gets the best of Mark Stoops today, double the amount of first downs, 200 more yards of total offense. Cats drop to 6-4, losses in 4 of the last 5 games here in SEC play. #BBN @FOX56News pic.twitter.com/yEaWLjhBco