TRANSCRIPT | Bobby Petrino on Louisville's 42-31 loss to Florida - WDRB 41 Louisville News

TRANSCRIPT | Bobby Petrino on Louisville's 42-31 loss to Florida State

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Here's a transcript of University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's postgame news conference after the Cardinals fell to No. 2-ranked Florida State 42-31 on Thursday night. The questions are paraphrased.

OPENING STATEMENT:

Well that's a tough loss. That hurt us a lot. I'm proud of our team. I'm proud of the way they prepared and how hard they came out and competed. We got ahead of them. We had our opportunities. You have to give Florida State a lot of credit for them being able to make plays when the pressure was on. They ran the ball. They made some really good throws and catches. I liked the way we came back and went down and scored to take the lead back. But when the got the ball there with five minutes left I thought we could drive it and finish the game, and we weren't able to do that. We hurt ourselves with the penalty. It was a good football game.

Q: WHAT DID THEY DO BETTER AFTER FALLING BEHIND 21-0?

A:
They're a good football team. They made plays. They got some guys open. Their quarterback made some really good throws, he made some really good throws while he was under pressure. We missed a few, missed some tackles, left a couple of guys open and you can't do that against a great quarterback like that because he has great vision and a quick release. He made a couple of throws that not a lot of guys in the country can make.

Q: YOU HAD A RECEIVER WITH OVER 200 YARDS A RUNNING BACK WITH OVER 100 AND A QUARTERBACK WITH 333, THAT OUGHT TO BE A WIN, SHOULDN'T IT?

A:
It's a game of big offense, now. We needed to score more points. I wish we would have scored the first time down there. You always second-guess yourself, should you have taken the field goal, should you have been aggressive and gone for the touchdown? We kind of made the decision going into the game that we were going to really be aggressive, and felt like we had to take our opportunities, take our shots down the field, opened up with the real deep throw, but unfortunately we didn't score when we got down there and they came back and really hurt us. But at halftime I felt pretty good when you looked at what we were doing running the ball and throwing it and holding them. But they're real explosive and they made a lot of plays.

Q: HOW BIG AN IMPACT DID THE CONTINUED NAGGING INJURIES HAVE ON GETTING CONSISTENCY ON DEFENSE?

A:
It always hurts you when you have guys go down and get nicked up. But going into the game I felt like we were pretty healthy. Lorenzo probably wasn't 100 percent but he got himself in a position where he could play and compete, and he's such a good player that he was able to go out there and be real effective. But it does hurt you when you have guys dropping.

Q: YOU TALKED ABOUT FINISHING GAMES IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YOU HAD THAT CHANCE WITH THAT DRIVE WITH 5 MINUTES LEFT, HOW DO YOU TAKE THAT NEXT STEP, OR WHAT DID YOU NEED TO DO TO COMPLETE THAT?

A: I think we need to be a little more powerful running the ball. Will saw something and made a check and we wound up jumping and hurting ourselves. It's hard to do that when you get the penalty there. It's just a situation where we still are working to get better. I think we made improvement from the last time out, offensively, but not enough, not when you play in a game like that against a team like that. We just couldn't score enough points to win.

Q: HOW ABOUT (WILL) GARDNER'S PLAY?

A:
I think he took a step forward. He made some really good throws out there. He's starting to feel more comfortable in the pocket and using the time that he has. So he took some strides forward, threw some balls down the field that were real effective. But we missed some too. The consistency, we just have to be more consistent both when we run the football and when we pass it.”

Q: YOU RAN IT WELL IN THE FIRST HALF, THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

A:
We were running the ball right at them in the first half and we were able to run some lead plays at some smaller inside linebackers, and I thought we did a real good job of it, then they made some adjustments by moving their front and filling some holes, and, you know, we weren't able to knock them off the ball or get the ball outside. It was kind of a back-and-forth game. We were able to get the one drive where we went down and scored, and we were able to run the ball real well on that drive, but you know, it was a situation where I thought we got them early with our lead plays, then they made adjustments, and you have to counter with something else.

Q: WHAT HAPPENED ON THE BIG PLAYS THEY HIT?

A:
It hurt a lot. They had two real big runs. He's a really good running back, but we had chances to make tackles so we had a few missed tackles, had a few errors in our gap responsibility, we had a couple of busted coverage where he took advantage of them. He's got great vision and sees things and threw a perfect strike on one touchdown, and then on his last touchdown pass that ricocheted off, I thought it was an interception. I didn't even know the guy caught the ball, and he's running in for a touchdown. You're playing a team that's real explosive, that's why they were the national champions last year. And you have to give them credit for coming back. At halftime, we knew they have been a team that's been good in the second half, but we weren't able to stop them.

Q: HOW MUCH DID THE FUMBLED INTERCEPTION HURT?

A:
If he (Gerrod Holliman) would've have stayed running down the sideline like he's supposed to, it might've put us in position to put points immediately on the board. But when you look at it, that's the drive we stopped them on fourth down, and held them, so it wasn't like it gave them any points. What you try to do and work on it all the time is when you intercept the ball you get to the near sideline and run down the near sideline. So, we should have gotten that done.

Q: HOW WAS THE ATMOSPHERE?

A:
It was awesome, you know. The whole deal. Card March, the crowd, everybody into the game, it was really a special atmosphere. I'm disappointed we couldn't come up with the win.

Q: WAS THERE A COMMON THREAD TO THE 1-FOR-11 ON THIRD DOWN?

A:
We didn't execute well. You know, we had some chances, they made some good tight coverage plays, but we had some chances, too. We missed a couple of throws when a guy was open. But that's really, when you look at the game offensively, that's the one area that really killed us.

Q: HOW ABOUT PARKER'S GAME, OVER 200 YARDS RECEIVING?

A:
He's a great football player. He's so explosive and does such great job of competing, catching balls and running after the catch, it really helps our offense.

Q: THIS WAS A BIG GAME TO GEAR UP FOR, HOW DO YOU GET GUYS TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER A DISAPPOINTING LOSS?

A:
That's the challenge, to be able to come back from it. We've got to go on the road and play a tough game. Our players will get a couple of days off, because we played on a Thursday night. So we'll bring them back Sunday and try to have a normal week. But they did put a lot into his, and practices were really good, focus was really good, now we have to rely on our leadership and expect that it will get us ready to go win the next game.

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