LEXINGTON — For weeks Kentucky coach Joker Phillips had been saying his team would not quit and had not lacked effort even when it lost to Florida, Mississippi and Auburn.
The first-year Kentucky coach kept insisting his team was just a play or two away from “making noise” and justifying the confidence in he had in the team.
Saturday night his Wildcats proved he was right by rallying to stun No. 10 South Carolina 31-28.
“What we have asked our kids to battle back from and then to see the rewards ... We asked them to battle back after a tough loss at Florida and they played their hearts out at Ole Miss,” Phillips said. “We asked them to battle back after that loss and they did when we played Auburn. Then we asked them to do it again. That’s three tough losses and to ask those guys to battle back from those losses and give us the type of effort they did all week ...”