The Crimson Tide answered with a 44-yard field goal of their own after United Kingdom got pressure on Hurts again and tied it up 3-3 with a minute to go in the first quarter.
Alabama enters Saturday’s contest with a 36-2-1 record all-time against United Kingdom, including a 9-0 mark in Tuscaloosa.
Blake Barnett, a five-star redshirt freshman quarterback, has officially transferred out of Alabama’s program four games into the 2016 season.
Saban said afterward that he would review the information before settling on any punishment.
This was the last bit of scoring in the first half, as Griffith missed a chip shot 35-yard field goal at the end of the quarter. “We have a very tall task, as you know, playing an awesome football team and an fantastic program”, Stoops said at a press conference. “It will be very challenging for us”.
Though he started slow this season, against New Mexico State “Boom” broke out for 181 yards and a touchdown.
This will be a huge test for a team with only 11 seniors on the roster, the fewest in the nation. “I didn’t think we imposed our will in the first half like we could have or should have”. Many would expect Alabama to add wins in both rivalries this year, but you never know what is going to happen.
“We have to learn from previous mistakes and the last time we went into a tough environment, we didn’t respond very well”, Stoops said Thursday. Saban had said that Barnett met with him before practice Wednesday with concerns about playing time. I don’t have a final decision on that. They are always the bright spot in Kentucky football games. True freshman Jalen Hurts became entrenched as the starter after Barnett got the start in the season opener against USC, putting Barnett at number two on the position depth chart. This season, Stoops and the Wildcats are off to a 2-2 start, losing their opening games against Southern Miss and Florida before rebounding with wins against New Mexico State and SC.
The Tide went up 10-3 on a drive of seven straight runs for 61 yards that led to a Joshua Jacobs 1-yard score. The 6-foot-4, 237-pound Louisiana native came on strong as a junior in 2015, getting 10.5 sacks sacks despite not starting a game. His tackle total through four games is the most since Danny Trevathan had 46 in 2011. “But I do think there’s a lot more basketball players that are transferring than ever”. Talent, depth and many other things are also needed to even be competitive in Tuscaloosa, something United Kingdom was able to do for two quarters, but ultimately lost 34-6.