LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT) - Joker Phillips will coach the Kentucky Wildcats for the final time Saturday when they take the field against Tennessee. Phillips said Monday he doesn't think the game will be about him. "This game's an emotional game, I think they go out and play because it's their last game, I expect ours to do the same thing."
Saturday Kentucky snapped its eight game losing streak beating Samford 34-3. Now the Cats have a chance to end the season with two straight wins. With the exception of the freshmen, UK players can beat Tennessee for the second time in their careers. Phillips did that as a Wildcat in 1981 and 1984.
Junior defensive tackle Tristian Johnson looks forward to the oportunity. "When you come back to the Commonwealth and you talk among other football players, that's something that you'll be able to talk about, that you beat Tennessee twice. So it's a lot to this season, it aint over with. Junior linebacker Avery Williamson recalls last season at Commonwealth Stadium. "I'm still excited about the win from last year when we beat them, so I'm really excited about the opportunity to go down there and beat them in their own house. Johnson is well aware Tennessee players do not want to be known as the ones who lost to Kentucky twice. "I think it's going to be a hard fought game, I think we're both goin to give it our all. Their offense is really good, so it's going to be a task for us, we've just got to boil up."