A win over the No. 1 team in the country by Mark Stoops’ team on Saturday would mean many different things for the Kentucky football program. From an historic perspective, it would accomplish something no other team has done before.
Since Kentucky first traveled to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama in football, a 16-8 loss to Wallace Wade’s team in 1923, the Wildcats have never defeated the Crimson Tide on their home turf.
Alabama is 37-2-1 against Kentucky, with a 21-0-1 record against the Cats in the state of Alabama. Since World War II only two games in Alabama have been decided by ten points or less. Rich Brooks’ 2003 team fell 27-17 and in 2008 the Wildcats lost 17-14 in Nick Saban’s second season at the helm.
Instead of entirely looking back at the losses, let’s enjoy Kentucky’s one victory over Alabama in the modern era of college football, a 40-34 overtime victory in 1997 over the No. 20 Crimson Tide at Commonwealth Stadium that featured John Schlarman on the offensive line, a scoop and score by defensive line coach Anwar Stewart and the famous “Couch to Yeast” game-winning touchdown.
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Kentucky has defeated top-ranked teams before, most recently upsetting No. 1 LSU in a memorable three overtime victory in 2007. The Wildcats are 3-13 against No. 1 teams, with the first against Oklahoma in the 1950 Sugar Bowl, followed by a win at Ole Miss in 1964.