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TRANSCRIPT | Petrino after Louisville's loss to Houston: "It's a bad day for us"

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Louisville coach Bobby Petrino after Louisville's 34-31 loss to Houston on Saturday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville coach Bobby Petrino after Louisville's 34-31 loss to Houston on Saturday. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino’s comments after the Cardinals fell to Houston 34-31 Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Questions are paraphrased. Petrino’s answers are transcribed:

Opening statement: It’s a bad day for us. I thought we got outplayed and outcoached. It’s my responsibility to get us prepared during the week for the field. We always say around here that you earn the right to win on the practice field and we didn’t get that done. Offensively we weren’t able to move the ball early, we turned it over and we made mistakes when we got in scoring position. Lamar (Jackson) struggled, there’s no question about that. When Kyle (Bolin) came in, he did give us a lift and we were able to get back to a normal offense and move the ball but it wasn’t enough. Defensively I’m very disappointed. We didn’t tackle well. We didn’t run full speed to the ball like we normally do. In critical situations and critical plays, we didn’t make the play and they did and I thought that was the difference in the game. Then we gave up a 100-yard kickoff return where they made the play and we didn’t. We had good coverage on them and he just broke the tackle and went for the touchdown.

Q: Did you have any idea something like this could come, from what you saw in practice?

PETRINO: We just didn’t have the same focus or the same energy that we normally have and that we need to have. We tried to get it going, we tried to work on it, but I didn’t do a good enough job.

Q: What was going on with Jackson and his play?

PETRINO: I think he was trying to do too much. When your strength is your ability to run, make plays, and scramble around and throw the ball deep, it’s something he needs to learn. That I have the ability to take off and run and get positive plays, and not to try to make the great play, and don’t throw the ball deep over the middle. The first turnover was deep over the middle late and the backside safety got there and made the play. There’s a lot to learn there.

Q: What went into making the change to Bolin?

PETRINO: We felt like the part of our offense we could expose them with, Kyle operates the best. His ability to drop back, throw the ball, and mix it up is something that he has shown is his strength. We felt like that’s what we needed at that time.

Q: Now what do you do with the quarterback position this week?

PETRINO: That’s a great question. We’ll have to get to work tomorrow night and see what we can figure out.

Q: Is the competition still open at quarterback?

PETRINO: That’s a great question. It’s something I can’t answer right now. But we’ll work at it, get it figured out.

Q: Was the timeout before the last field goal attempt to figure out whether to go for it or kick the long field goal?

PETRINO: Yeah, that’s what we were talking about. We had a lot of wind behind us. (Kicker John) Wallace had been knocking them in right around 51, 53 (yards). He felt good with the wind. It’s fourth and 11. It’s a tough call. It’s a tough call. He had a great practice the other day, kicking the ball. I think it got tipped. I think it ended up getting tipped. Do you go for it fourth and 11 or do you kick the field goal? I had confidence that he would make it.

Q: How big was the holding penalty that cost you on the final drive?

PETRINO: I’m not sure about that one. I thought he (Geron Christian) did a nice job of cutting the guy, but we had more penalties than we did in the first game. Some of them were caused by discipline. The one that killed us was the one on our own sideline which was just being selfish. Not being a team player. That was a big one. You’re going to have some penalties during the game, but those are the ones that you can’t have.

Q: Of all the mistakes, how much are a factor of inexperience?

PETRINO: I imagine it factors in a lot. There’s a lot of freshmen out there. There’s a lot of new guys on offense. But defensively we should play better than that.

Q: Will third-down defense be a point of emphasis this week?

PETRINO: Definitely. That’s what I meant when I said that when pressure was on, we didn’t make the play and they did. Their quarterback (Houston’s Greg Ward Jr.) either moved around and ran or did a good job keeping his vision downfield. It certainly was a clear advantage on third down. Normally we do very well.

Q: Is this one of your more disappointing losses?

PETRINO: It’s a disappointing loss, yeah. Houston is a good football team. They did a great job of coaching them.

Q: With the defensive issues, was it a problem of intensity or scheme?

PETRINO: Again you’ve got to watch the video to really know that, but I know we can tackle better than that. I know we can run full speed to the ball better than that. And normally we do what we are coached to do. So we’ve got some work ahead of us in a very short period of time.

Q: What should Lamar’s focus in practice be this week?

PETRINO: We’ve just got to get on the game plan and work at what we want to operate on the game plan. There are a lot of things we’re going to have to focus on.

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