October 5, 1997 in Sports

Not Since Harding… Kentucky Beats Alabama For First Time Since 1922

Associated Press
 

It took 75 years and one overtime for Kentucky to finally beat Alabama.

Tim Couch completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Craig Yeast in overtime as Kentucky stunned the 20th-ranked Crimson Tide 40-34 on Saturday night.

“This can’t be put into words,” said Kentucky linebacker Bob Holmberg. “The state of Kentucky is on a high for the first time in 15 years. This is just unbelievable. We never quit. The coaches didn’t have to urge us on.”

On third-and-11 at the 26, Yeast caught a pass at the 10 and dashed to the end zone. Fans charged onto the Commonwealth Stadium field to congratulate the players and then pulled down both goal posts.

“Looking back on career victories is something you do when you’re really old,” said Kentucky coach Hal Mumme. “But right now it is No. 1.”

Kentucky (3-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) recorded just its second victory over Alabama (3-2, 1-2) in the 34-game series. The Wildcats won 6-0 in 1922, battled to a 7-7 tie in 1939, and then lost the next 14 meetings to trail 31-1-1 in the series going into Saturday night’s game.

Kentucky took a 34-31 lead when Anwar Stewart returned a blocked field goal 68 yards with 6:54 remaining in the fourth.

Alabama then had a 15-play, 67-yard drive that ended with Cunningham’s 37-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Next for Alabama: vs. Tennessee, Oct. 19.

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