After a dominating yet shaky first quarter, the Crimson Tide got it together and finally started converting on their dominance.
In the first quarter, both T. J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake fumbled balls deep in Kentucky territory with Alabama threatening to score. In addition, Kenny Bell had two dropped passes, and Yeldon dropped a possible touchdown pass (and smart play call by the OC) early in the game too.
If you're going by numbers, the Tide had 668 total offensive yards. Kentucky had 170. The final score was 48 to 7, but it could have been uglier than that. They probably left three possible touchdowns on the field. Alabama had two 100-yard rushers -- Yeldon with 124 and Drake with 106. Both backs had two touchdowns each. And Altee Tenpenny had a touchdown late in the game.
On the defensive side of the ball, Cornerback Eddie Jackson didn't play because of an ankle injury, but Bradley Sylve played well opposite Deion Belue. A'shawn Robinson had yet another solid performance at DT and DE. The guy is a wrecking ball. He had six total tackles, two of which were tackles for loss, and two sacks. And this dude is only a freshman.
One surprising part of the game was that true freshman Grant Hill played quite a bit at right tackle. He didn't start. Austin Shepherd did. But it's hard to tell whether this was just an opportunity to see how he would do or whether this indicates there might be a change ahead on the starting offensive line. As for another replacement, as far as I could tell, Landon Collins did fine working at Clinton-Dix's position.
Next up is Arkansas at Bryant-Denny.