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FINAL: Kentucky falls to Alabama 63-3

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Even before news broke that ten Wildcats were officially out of today’s game vs. No. 1 Alabama, Kentucky faced a monumental task in Tuscaloosa. For at least the first quarter, the Cats hung tough, staying within punching distance of the Crimson Tide. Unfortunately, the mistakes piled up all too quickly.

A holding penalty on Kentucky’s second possession turned what could have been a touchdown into a field goal. A fumbled field goal attempt prevented the Cats from getting on the board on the next drive. From there, Bama put its giant thumb down and shut the Cats out, romping to a final score of 63-3. Without stars like Chris Rodriguez, Jamin Davis, and Max Duffy and crucial role players like Luke Fortner and Brenden Bates, the chances for an upset were slim, but the myriad of mistakes made it even worse. According to Corey Price, it was Kentucky’s third worst SEC loss in program history (60 points) (66 points, Florida, 1994; 65 points, Florida, 1996). Ouch.

All three Kentucky quarterbacks played, but Terry Wilson was the only one to complete a pass, finishing 10-19 for 120 yards and one interception before exiting the game in the third quarter. On the other side of the ball, former UK commit Mac Jones was 16-24 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, a beautiful pick by Bossman Fat that momentarily made the blowout slightly less terrible.

With Rodriguez out, AJ Rose led Kentucky’s ground attack, rushing ten times for 68 yards. Kavosiey Smoke had nine carries for 26 yards. Peek all the stats below in the box score. We’ll have more coverage throughout the night, including comments from Mark Stoops.

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87 Comments for FINAL: Kentucky falls to Alabama 63-3

  1. UKBigBlueForever
    7:15 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Just flat out embarrassing

    • Bigcat Jack
      7:39 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      It is time for Stoops to go. It may be an unpopular decision to many, but his tenure has run its course. Ol Fatboy is simply cashing checks at this point since he’s made about $800,000 for that performance. Time to get someone who actually knows how to run an offense…maybe even call their own plays. Stoops recruiting success is overblown and we’ve always known it wasnt him drawing them in. He sucks plain and simple. UK will go back to doormat status if he stays another 1-2 years. Pull the trigger Mitch. Even Louisville has passed us by.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:22 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      No UofL has not passed us.

    • KYCat4EVER
      9:05 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Big cat Jack…Wrong!

      Coach Stoop-Id and his traveling “side show of coaches” should have been let go after a dismal offensive performance against Georgia two years ago!

      That single game alone was a RED FLAG this coaching staff had reached its peak!

      Tonight? Our UK Football Program returned to the days of Bill Curry! Yep we have sunk that far down in two years: the smoke and mirrors can only take you so far. Just ask Hal Mumme!

      But don’t fret… Our bigger hurdle is our inept AD Barnyard… who will never be the AD Kentucky needs because he is SO Lacking in judgement and aggressiveness… he will never go out and GET the right man to take us to the next level: remember promising Joker Phillips the position before Rich Brooks stepped down?

      We are a Univesity without a “Sound AD” who can advance our major sports programs.


    • KYJelly
      9:44 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Small-minded man. Kentucky has been in a position in recent years that seemed impossible when Stoops took over. Who you gonna bring in that will maintain the success that he and his staff have created?

    • Bluenblood
      8:08 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Did you expect more Forever??? Go Cats

  2. UKBigBlueForever
    7:16 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Although Saban should’ve had a little more sportsmanship on that last drive and told them not to score again. I effing hate Saban for that, he has zero class doing that

    • Hi Im Reality
      7:18 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t want Alabama to score again with their 3rd string? THEN FREAKING STOP THEM!

    • goteam94
      7:18 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah because it was Saban who was running the ball wide open into the end zone. Smh. There’s only so much you can do when you’re team is that much better. You still gotta play the game.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      7:23 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You clearly don’t understand what sportsmanship is. When you’re up 56-3 and all you need is a first down you don’t run it in for a touchdown, you get the first down and go down. Look up what Nick Chubb did last week in the NFL. He went out at the 1 yard line instead of scoring to out them up by two possessions.

    • bigblue98
      8:14 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Chubb did not go out for sportsmanship. They were up 10-7. They score and go up 17-7, but they give the ball up. Very remote that Texans could score twice, but still possibility. By going down at one Texans had no timeouts, so Browns could kneel down.

    • Hi Im Reality
      7:24 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Nick Chubb went out to ensure a win, not for sportsmanship. Jeez.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      7:40 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      No, he didn’t.. Jeez.. They would’ve been up by 9 points which is two possessions (before the extra point). He didn’t need to do that at all

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:28 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      From what I saw he didn’t call one pass play the entire fourth quarter, to expect them to not score on the last drive when he’s clearly put the brakes on is asinine. They could’ve beaten us 3 more TD’s if Saban wanted to.

    • original slappy
      7:57 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You’re an idiot if you think Chubb ran out for sportsmanship. He did it so they could kneel down and win the game instead of giving the ball back to Houston

    • Bluenblood
      8:04 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      They ran the ball for goodness sakes

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:29 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      When has Saban ever cared about sportsmanship? He only cares about one thing and one thing only and that is winning remember he’s a Belichick disciple!!!

    • 4everUKBlue
      8:59 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You guys calling Saban un-sportsman like are just plain pathetic. Of course winning is the most important thing to him. How the hell do you think the won 6 national titles? You’d love him if he were our coach..

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:26 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      So basically you want Saban to train his second and third string to drive the ball down the field but not score? Isn’t that what we do here at Kentucky?

  3. Hi Im Reality
    7:17 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Looking at past posts on KSR. This quote did not age well. (On playing for the SEC Championship) “ …I think we’d have a chance regardless based on the experience and talent weve got at the line of scrimmage. Not saying we’d win of course, but that Bama game in the season will be alot closer than people think. ”

    • Bluehender
      7:22 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      It did not age well for sure. But in this year and all the crap that has taken place, it was a good thought at the time, right?

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:27 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah I tend to take their analysis or breakdown for both football and basketball with a grain of salt. I love the website and the radio show though. I’m pretty sure all of them said they would take Kentucky to cover 31….lost by 60…also predicted we would blow out Vanderbilt….won by 3.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:29 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Well it was a lot closer than I thought it would be….

    • Hi Im Reality
      7:32 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Now that’s funny right there.

    • blueballs80
      7:46 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      If I were Gran, I would resign and move to a different school and take Hinshaw with him. If he stays here longer he is hurting his own employment chances in the future. Georgia shoulda taken him when they had the chance.

  4. dhard
    7:24 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Embarrassing is not even close to what just happened. Our program is a freaking dumpster fire.

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:30 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      This looks like the perfect offense for Morgan Newton, at least we keep posting great hype vidoes…can’t wait to see next week’s

  5. Headhurts
    7:30 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Cancel the game, we had no business in the state of Alabama.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:31 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Show me some proof we were in the state of Alabama.

    • Hi Im Reality
      7:33 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Looked like a state of confusion

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:34 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t worry Stoops will tell the team and media they just need to get back to the fundamentals (again 9 weeks into the season) and just play better, hit our verticals. I think we just need to starting hitting our 3’s fellas.

    • makeitstop
      8:07 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      1 TD in 12 quarters apart from Vandy. Pick a freakin QB. Not terry. Stick w them. Develop them. If it’s the QB coach doing the play calling take the clipboard away. If it’s Gran, get rid of him and promote the other guy but for God sake DO SOMETHING. Insanity is doing the sane thing and expecting different results. The Defense was an embarrassment too but at least they have had their moments. And special teams??? WTF?! Get a GD special teams coach!

  6. CatfaninCinci
    7:33 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Hey guys! At least Terry Wilson started. Roush is happy. Doesn’t matter the result. We could go 0-10. As long as Turnover Terry starts, it’s a win for Roush

    • Not Dan Issel
      7:47 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      It really is time to accept the fact that TW is not a good quarterback. He is not even as good as he was before his injury. I can understand that, but the coaching staff should understand that as well. If he is the best option that we have, then the staff has done a terrible job of recruiting. TW should not play a snap the rest of the season. Gatewood and Allen need to play to see what we have. We’re going to lose them all anyway, so let’s find out if either can actually play at this level.

  7. Wild Turkey 101
    7:33 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    KSR says we have the best O line in the country.

    • Blue Bill
      8:10 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Uhhh, every “expert” had them in the top 3-5 in the country this year. Wasn’t just KSR.

    • sharpshooter81
      8:45 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      That statement belongs to Notre Dame. They are rated the best OL in the country. UK doesn’t come close to ND’s line.

  8. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    7:34 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    I now think we should leave Stoops alone, insanity is trying the same thing over and over and (or in Stoops case over and over and over and over and ect) expecting a different result…….Clearly he’s suffering from a mental disorder and we shouldn’t make fun of that.

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:39 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      To his credit he did get a little bit of a different result after running the 5 yard slant for the 10th time in the game, instead of sailing over our receiver’s head it went to an Alabama cornerback for a touchdown.

  9. Shredder
    7:36 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Unfortunately, I think this game shows that the program can’t compete with the upper echelon in the SEC. I had hopes that maybe UK could be similar to South Carolina during the Spurrier years where they could have average years, good years and then have a year or three where they overachieve everyone’s expectations. It’s a bit demoralizing thinking that the best of times is middle of the road in the SEC instead. Demoralizing loss for sure!

    • Hi Im Reality
      7:42 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You can’t recruit at the bottom of the SEC and expect to compete at the top. 2018 was the pinnacle of UK football. That was the overachieving year.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:25 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink


    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:45 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      The only way you can compete when your recruiting isn’t as strong is to have a creative offense and an explosive passing game….we try to shorten the game and pound the ball, as soon as UK falls behind by any amount the game is over, that’s all scheme and coaching.

    • VirginiaCat
      8:00 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      You hit the nail on the head. We simply don’t have the quality of coaches and players to compete with the upper echelon. Had Alabama left their starters in the game, it could have been worse than a 60-point pounding. Nothing much will change unless the university decides to place a true emphasis on building a premier football program. I don’t see that happening. We are not and never will be a football school.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:31 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      We are a Cheerleader school!!! ?????

  10. dhard
    7:38 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Sadly, we have a program headed by a coach that is one of the highest paid in college football. For that, we had 180 yards of offense and got thumped ,63-3. But , hey, it will be that bad next week as well.

    • WhitakerBankShot22
      7:41 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      At least we tried to get back to passing fundamentals and hit our “verticals”, maybe next week instead of turnover Terry missing our receiver by 10 yards he will only miss by 5…so close

  11. GACAT
    7:43 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    This is the straw that broke the camel’s back. If we go 7-5 or worse next year: fire his ass. The players look like they quit on Stoops. I’m totally embarrassed

  12. UKinIN
    7:45 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    I know UK was missing a some important players but that was a beat down like we saw from Bill Curry teams.

  13. Bigcat Jack
    7:46 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s face it…Stoops is a terrible coach. He got lucky for a few years by having some key talent in the program, but it is unsustainable when you can’t actually coach. Plus the SEC has been down within the middle tier. He has ZERO concept on how to run an offense and his defensive philosophy is predicated on keeping the score low and controlling the ball. Bend but dont break zone get broken in half when your defense can’t rest due to offensive ineffectiveness. We appreciate how he took the program forward, but dump his fat ass and bring in someone who can actually take the next step and not keep playing ball like we are still living in the 1980s.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:13 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      No that just want happens when you play Bama at Bama. What did you expect was going to happen. I told you guys this was going to happen. You guys are just upset because UK isn’t winning every game. Newsflash that will never ever happen. UK will never be that good! Period 7-5 or the occasional 9-3 or 10-2 season is the best UK will ever finish deal with it. Kentucky is just a Basketball and Cheerleading School!!!

  14. Lip Man 1
    7:51 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Those who were screaming at the top of their lungs that we MUST play football in the middle of a pandemic…well be careful what you wish for.

    Hope you enjoyed the slaughter today and next week it will be bad as well, probably not 63-3 bad…but bad enough.

    • Pensacola_Cat_Fan
      8:09 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      What does this have to do with COVID?

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:17 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Your Right it won’t be 63-3 bad against Florida! It will be phenomenally worse!!!

    • Hi Im Reality
      8:18 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Because of COVID, UK doesn’t have the 4 patsies on the schedule that Stoops uses to get his 6 or 7 wins on the year.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:09 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      There is no covid pandemic and there never was one, go back into your bubble Lip Man. The numbers only add up if you code deaths actually caused by heart attack, cancer, old age, etc as covid even without testing…..Oh wait.

    • nocode96
      9:36 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Dude, you know I have your back in here with everything but your covid talk 4ever. I’m at airport in Nashville traveling down to Florida for my first cousin’s funeral Tuesday right now. He was 34. Healthy as can be. Played division 2 football, ran two marathons a year. He’s dead now because of covid and it only took 9 days. Please stop this “covid is fake” nonsense. It isn’t fake and it isn’t overblown, real people are dying and it’s not just grandmas and grandpas man. Just stop it.

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:00 am November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Is that what they told you code? Wake up, it is a fraud and it is over blown, if you turn off your tv and do some real research you’ll find I’m right. It won’t be easy to find because of all the censorship but it’s can be found. You do know the first amendment is supposed to guarantee freedom of speech don’t you? Then tell me why the American people are ok with censorship?

  15. Southky
    7:53 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Very Joker-esque….lol.

  16. 77CatFan
    7:54 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Back to normal, a good year every so often. Stops coaches 1960 football, reminds me of Bill Curry, we just gotta execute. Another beat down next week and probably the last game as well. Allen will probably transfer.

  17. GoCatz
    8:04 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink


    What a joke

  18. Bluenblood
    8:06 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Please whiners thats the best team in the land. We are not. Quit crying about it. We did some good things

    • GoCatz
      8:07 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      OK Stoops Jr

    • makeitstop
      8:08 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Show me a good loser, I’ll show u a loser.

    • KYCat4EVER
      10:40 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      LOL… ?. SPOT ON make it stop!

    • dhard
      8:12 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      What good? Did we run out of the right tunnel? Did we wear the right shoes? 63-3 suggests we did nothing right.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:28 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      That was Bama taking it easy on UK! Saban even stated that they took it easy on UK.

  19. channell
    8:08 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Laughable. There goes the recruiting.

  20. Ty
    8:11 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Perhaps we can nominate Stoops for the Joker Phillips Award.

  21. Guinniemen
    8:19 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Guess we can all agree that there needs to be change to this staff. Especially the offensive coordinator job.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:21 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Who would want that Job?

  22. kyfanem
    8:23 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    I would be curious to see the ranking of Indiana’s recruiting classes compared to ours. I don’t even think they care about their football program and yet they have passed us. They gave OSU a fight today.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:34 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      They have a better roster than Kentucky no doubt. Penix is a baller and their receivers and running backs are very talented. Tom Allen has been able to take 3 and 4 star guys from Indiana and develop them. The key here is that Indiana is willing to adapt offensively as a program. Kentucky, and namely Mark Stoops, are not willing to do so. It will eventually cost the man his job.

  23. Kentuckiana
    8:24 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    This is a very strange year for College Football this year, for the winners and the losers. NOTHING is as good as it seems AND nothing is as bad as it seems.
    I do think we do need to bench Terry for the last two games and “continue” to build for the future.
    We are much, much better than before Stoops and we will continue to get better under Stoops.
    We are in the toughest conference in the country and it takes a while to build a consistent, winning team from where we were a short 8 years ago.
    BBN……Take a long, deep breathe…
    My belief is most people will regret when Stoops leaves for Iowa, Michigan or wherever he may land in the future.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:26 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Stoops Ain’t going anywhere!!!

    • Bigcat Jack
      8:27 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      There would be no regrets if they got someone better. Plenty of bright, young, OFFENSIVE MINDED coaches would jump at the chance to coach in the SEC making 4+ million a year….PLENTY. The question is, would Mitch pull the trigger on the right one.

    • CJKAssassin123
      8:32 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink


    • Kentuckiana
      8:38 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      They “may” regret if they were to get someone worse.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:36 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Definitely not.

  24. CahillsCrossingNT
    8:41 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky has had three offensive coordinators in the Stoops era, and there has been constant complaining about each OC. It seems to me that each OC is running a boorish offense because that’s EXACTLY what Stoops wants. I don’t think Gran is going anywhere unless he wants to.

    • Bluehender
      10:32 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Cahill, I think I may have to agree with you on that….

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:37 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah stoops is in total control of the offense. It’s hard to watch.

  25. Grazilla
    8:42 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    This season reeks of a product gone stale and lays bare the internal issues. It’s too early to fire Stoops, but if this was my business, I’d start thinking about getting rid of some management. If it lasted another year, I’d make a big splash with a new flashy boss.

  26. cmstephens
    8:47 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Please don’t blame COVID for the sad state of UK football. Every team in CFB nation is dealing with the rona issue. We apparently had a solid offensive line coming into the season with a good enough of defense to handle the SEC schedule.
    This comes down to coaching plain and simple. Stoops keeps giving nonchalant answers every week in press conferences. It’s sad to see Terry Wilson and Joey Gatewood laughing and cutting up on the sideline when Beau Allen didn’t succeed. This was shown on national television for everyone to see. Fire Eddie Gran, hire an actual special teams coordinator, and if I will were Mitch…..Stoops would be put on the clock. This team showed no heart in this evenings game. Y’all sit here and bitch and wine at each other over UK football. Look at the stats of the offense over the past 3 years and tell me how they have improved! UK can’t even develop a QB for that matter. Sad!

  27. wildcatdon
    10:33 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    There goes recruiting. Just horribly embarrassing. Stoops needs to go.

  28. KYCat4EVER
    10:37 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    KYJelly… you can call me whatever you please: I never take criticism seriously from anyone I would never ask advice from!

    However, your response is ironic in that it is based on your own limitations to only “think small”.
    I said nothing critical about where Coach Stoop-Id had taken our program: it’s looked the best I’ve seen I’m my lifetime ( I wasn’t around when Bryant was at UK).
    However… Coach Stoop-Id and his traveling idiots have hit their own ceiling: they are not taking our program any higher! PERIOD!

    Got that? It’s sinking!

    We need to act fast, while any credibility UK had built from the Stoops era can parlay our program in to getting a coach who can take out football program HIGHER… not “maintain” as you inaccurately responded!

    Put down your jelly and “Expect and Think bigger little boys”… and quickly because games like today’s will KILL and undo any and all progress Coach Stoop-id has achieved!


  29. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    11:19 pm November 21, 2020 Permalink

    Cats lost to Florida 65-3 in 2016