Peter Kim kicked four field goals and Jeff Fagan scored a late touchdown as 12th-ranked Alabama struggled past Kentucky, 19-10, in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday in Lexington, Ky.
Kim's final field goal, a 37-yarder with two minutes to play, put the Tide on top, 12-10. Alabama's Stan Gay recovered a free ball on the ensuing kickoff and Fagan scored from the nine with 37 seconds left.
The victory moved Alabama Coach Bear Bryant within six of Amos Alonzo Stagg's record for career victories. Bryant has 308 wins and is undefeated in four games against Kentucky, where he coached from 1946-53. Kentucky hasn't beaten Alabama (2-1) since 1922.
The Tide appeared on the verge of its second successive loss when Pete Venable scored for Kentucky (1-1) on a one-yard run with 8:28 to play. Tommy Grigg's conversion put Kentucky ahead, 10-9.
Alabama came back with an 80-yard, 16-play drive culminating in Kim's field goal. That kick tied the school record he set last year for most field goals in one game.
Alabama turned two of Kentucky's three first-half turnovers into field goals. Quarterback Randy Jenkins was intercepted by Eddie Lowe on the Alabama 38 and the Tide drove to the Kentucky 15.
A sack by Kentucky nose guard Effley Brooks forced the Tide to settle for Kim's first field goal, a 37-yarder at the 11:52 mark of the second quarter.
Alabama went ahead, 6-0, when Kim kicked a 25-yarder after the Tide took over on a fumble by Lawrence Lee. Alabama made it 9-0 on Kim's 46-yarder with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter.
Rick Strein kicked a 48-yard field goal for Kentucky on the first play of the fourth period. The Wildcats got into position for the score on two pass completions from Jenkins to tight end Jim Campbell.