Steve Roberts Photography | WKU Falls to No. 1 Alabama, 38-10

WKU Falls to No. 1 Alabama, 38-10

September 13, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Taywan Taylor hauled in 121 yards receiving on nine receptions Saturday, but Western Kentucky fell to No. 1 Alabama 38-10. Freshman Jalen Hurts passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start. Hurts likely nailed down the quarterback job with a 23-of-36 passing performance. The Crimson Tide (2-0) started slow and then piled it on with big plays from the defense and receivers Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart. Hurts is the first true freshman quarterback to start at Alabama since Vince Sutton started four games in 1984. He also had two likely touchdowns dropped.

Blake Barnett got the nod in the opener against Southern California and completed 2 of 6 passes for 64 yards in this one. Western Kentucky (1-1) was outgained 475-239 in total yards against a defense that has allowed 16 points in the first two games. Ridley had nine catches for 129 yards and Stewart gained 90 yards on five receptions. Both also logged carries.

Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White left late in the third quarter. He was 10 of 24 for 135 yards with an interception after racking up 517 yards in the opener against Rice. The Hilltoppers converted a turnover into a touchdown in the final minute.

 

September 16 2016 Buses getting ready to roll out heading for Tuscaloosa during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10 2016 Players arrive at the hotel during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Players walk down the tunnel to the field during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Two WKU Hilltoppers stand at mid field during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers getting ready to run onto the field during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers takes the field during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers takes the field during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) 

 

September 10, 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) stands in the pocket during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

aSeptember 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Nacarius Fant (1) tries to go deep during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Devin Nixon (6) stares down at the quarterback during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) makes the catch during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) hands the ball off to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Anthony Wales (20) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) throws the pass during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White (14) throws the pass during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 WKU head coach Jeff Brohm is upset with the non call during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (93) tips the ball as Western Kentucky Hilltoppers place kicker Skyler Simcox (88) kicks a field goal at the half during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (4) deflects the pass of Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) gets a nice gain during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive back De'Andre Simmons (23) deflects the pass thrown to Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Robert Foster (1) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Tyler Ferguson (7) throws the pass during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

September 10, 2016 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers quarterback Drew Eckels (4) hands the ball to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Marquez Trigg (5) during the football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football team at Bryant Deny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama . (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)