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TRANSCRIPT | Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's news conference after Belk Bowl loss

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Here's a transcript of University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino's news conference after the No. 20 Cardinals fell to the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs, 37-14

OPENING STATEMENT:

We got beat by a very good football team. Offensively we never really got any consistency and weren't able to get into a rhythm. We had a couple of nice drives where we got points on the board. I thought when we got a stop there that we  had a chance to go down and win and get in a position or have a chance to go down and score and get in a position to win the game, and then we turned the ball right over. Our young quarterbacks learned that, you know, when you call plays and somebody's covered, you've got to throw the ball away. You can't take negative plays and you can't throw interceptions. What we've got to look at it as is a great opportunity to learn for the guys that are coming back to work hard to get better. Certainly our quarterbacks will learn a lot from watching the video of this game.

Q: WHAT DID YOU THINK OF CHUBB'S PERFORMANCE?

PETRINO:
He's just a really good running back. He's hard to tackle. He's got great vision. There were a number of times where we had numbers there and we had guys there to make the play and he just made them miss, or ran over them. So, you know, it's a tremendous performance by him. They also have a very good offensive front. They know what they're doing and they do a good job of sustaining their blocks.

Q: WHEN THE GAME GOT TO 27-14, MOMENTUM SEEMED TO BE GOING YOUR WAY. PICK IT UP FROM THERE AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENED . . . 

PETRINO:
Yeah I think that's when we ended up throwing the interception. We felt good. Our guys were excited about it. We felt like we got a good stop and felt like were were in a position to go down and score a touchdown. We tried to have the first play an aggressive call, a play-action pass, and they did a nice job of covering it and that's where we have to learn to take care of the ball, throw the ball away and move on to the next play. That's the thing we need to learn as our quarterbacks, is sometimes they're going to cover guys and we've got to be able to take care of the ball and move onto the next play.

Q: PRIOR TO TODAY, THE DEFENSE HAD BEEN PRETTY GOOD ON THIRD DOWN. WAS THERE A COMMON THREAD TO THE STRUGGLES TODAY? 

PETRINO:
I think two things. They did a nice job of protecting the quarterback, and their receivers made catches, they made catches in traffic, they got open and made catches at times, they just did a really good job executing on third down and we weren't able to get the pressure on the quarterback that we normally get on third down.

Q: LOOKING BACK, WAS THE MOMENT MAYBE TOO BIG FOR YOUR YOUNG QUARTERBACKS?

PETRINO:
I didn't get that feeling. I just felt like our inexperience showed up a little bit and they (Georgia) did a good job, they mixed things up on them and changed coverages, changed blitzes and, you know, we thought, like, in the third quarter when we took the ball and went and scored and drove the ball, hey we've got them going now, he's settled down, he's doing what we want him to do, then we just made a bad decision after we got close.

Q: WHY DID YOU SUB REGGIE FOR KYLE WHEN YOU DID? 

PETRINO:
I just felt like going through practice he had the most reps, he did a good job in practice, I thought he played really good against Kentucky and I felt like he'd give us the best chance to get started in the game. We said in the second quarter we were going to bring Reggie in and give him his opportunity, and it just didn't work out the way you'd like it to.

Q: DESPITE THE LOSS DO YOU STILL CONSIDER YOUR RETURN TO LOUISVILLE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON? 

PETRINO:
Oh, I think it's been a great season for us. I think our players did a really nice job of sticking together as a team, working hard, you know, to go 9-3 in our first year in the ACC and be in the other three games where we had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter says a lot for the senior group and says a lot for our young guys that got in and contributed. I think it's been a very good year for us. We've got a ways to go. Tonight's a great measuring stick for us, and our coaches are excited about getting on the road and recruiting and getting into the winter program and getting our players better.

Q: DID THE SEEMINGLY CONSTANT STOPPAGE FOR PENALTIES HURT YOUR TEAM'S ABILITY TO GET INTO A RHYTHM, AND DO YOU HAVE ANY INJURY UPDATES?

PETRINO:
No updates on the injured players right now. We had a couple of guys that were down on the field for a while but, knock on wood, I hope everyone is going to be OK coming out of that, I know a couple of them got to return back into the game. We had some penalties. We had some things where we hurt ourselves, and that's always hard to overcome. SO, I think it obviously affected the game.

Q: LOOKING BACK ON IT, DO YOU THINK THE SWITCH TO REGGIE MIGHT'VE MESSED WITH KYLE A LITTLE OR ALTERED HIS FLOW AT ALL?

PETRINO:
They both understood what the plan was going to be going in. They were both going to play in the game. It just didn't work out the way we'd like to have seen it work out. I'd like to see Reggie get moving and carry the ball a few times and run with it, but we weren't able to convert on third down and stay on the field. 

Q: HOW WILL YOU REMEMBER THIS SENIOR CLASS? 

PETRINO:
A group that did a lot to help build this program. I think they had a lot to do with our movement into the ACC, a group of guys that when we came in as a new staff, they did a great job in the transition, had a positive attitude and a great work ethic, and a group that I think really elevated the game of football at the University of Louisville.

Q: YOU GUYS DID A GOOD JOB EARLY OF STOPPING THE RUN, DO YOU THINK THE DEFENSE GOT A LITTLE WORN DOWN IN THE SECOND HALF?

PETRINO:
Yeah, and I think some of that's on the offense. Offensively you've got to stay out on the field and move the ball and get first downs and let the defense stay on the sideline and rest. We weren't able to do that. Obviously with the big, physical, experienced offensive line and a great running back, it's going to take its toll if you're on the field too much.

Q: YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT 2015, WHO YOU HAVE BACK, THE STRENGTHS TO LOOK AHEAD FOR? 

PETRINO:
I'm excited about it. We lose a lot of good football players. Certainly our offensive front, we've got to do some rebuilding there because we've got so many seniors on the offensive front, so many seniors at the wide receiver position, so we've got to do a good job refueling at those spots. We have some guys sitting that redshirted this year that I'm excited to see how they do in the winter program and spring ball, and we have a lot of really good players coming back on defense, so we're really looking forward to it. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us and we've got to do a great job recruiting.

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