By Mike Olmstead
Louisville, KY (WAVE)
Joker Phillips didn't spend too much time inside his team's locker room during halftime of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.
"I left and told them not to come out if they weren't going to take the game seriously," said Phillips.
The Wildcats trailed the Commodores 13-10 at halftime, after giving up 242 total yards of offense. Vanderbilt averages 267 yards per game.
"We had guys on both sides of the ball joking and laughing," said senior defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin. "It made me mad. I was like, are you serious? Guys, we need a sixth win to get bowl eligible."
Lumpkin took the initiative and admitted he lit a fire under his teammates with his halftime message.
"It was effective," he said.
Senior tailback Derrick Locke agreed.
"It definitely got our attention," he said laughing.
The Wildcats were a much different team, both offensively and defensively in the second half. They out gained the Commodores 370-158 and outscored them 28-7 en route to a 38-20 win, the sixth in the last seven meetings against Vandy.
Kentucky has an open week before closing out the regular season in Knoxville against Tennessee on November 27.