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BOZICH | Five Bobby Petrino post-Clemson, pre-Duke football takeaways

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Bobby Petrino did not field many questions about Duke Monday. Bobby Petrino did not field many questions about Duke Monday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is favored by 33 points against Duke on Friday night in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

That's an interesting number considering the Blue Devils (3-3) have lost three games by a combined 35 points this season.

The spread in Las Vegas is likely to get larger, not smaller — and it’s already jumped by five points since Sunday afternoon.

This game is expected to be as one-sided as an argument with the head linesman. That explains why U of L coach Bobby Petrino was asked as many questions about receiver James Quick, bye weeks and the Cardinals’ season outlook as he was against the Blue Devils, who have split their first six games.

Here, in Petrino’s words, are five major takeaways from his press conference at the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex Monday afternoon:

The Missed Opportunity to Defeat Clemson

“I think (his players) feel we blew an opportunity. Felt like offensively we didn't start out very well early, we were distracted and lost our poise a little bit and got caught up in pre-game hype and just didn't execute.

“Thought we played really well, early defense, then second quarter defensively we gave up some big plays and the last 2-minute drive really hurt us.

“Then in the second half I thought we came out and really executed well, played together as a team and then the kickoff return really killed us because it gave them enough time to come back. I did feel like when we got the ball at the end of the game, we'd take it and go score and win the game. Unfortunately, we didn't get it done.”

The Fourth Down Pass to James Quick

“It's one of those things where I called him in and talked to him and said, 'I wish you would have gotten the first down or the touchdown.’

“It didn't happen, but the people who are gonna criticize you or me and whatever else, throwing the ball, catch and run because that's what we had to do with the (defensive) look they were in; that was the only option we had. They're the people who don't know victory or defeat, so don't worry about it.

“Just know that I love you and you'll come back and get another opportunity to make a play again. Just compete as hard as you possibly can and do it.”

James Quick’s Effort on that Fourth-Down Play

“You know, I don't know really his effort on that play because he caught the ball, he had some room to make a move and I don't think it was an effort thing. I'm not sure he knew exactly where he needed to go.”

His Satisfaction with the Placement of the Yard Marker

“No, I wasn't (satisfied). I don't think it should be marked one place when they have the ball and another place when we have the ball. Got anything fun to talk about?”

Louisville’s Spot in the National Picture

“We still believe in our heart that our goals are sitting out there for us and we have a chance to go get them. But to do that, we have to line up and win this game this week and really focus on doing that. Otherwise, it means nothing.

“We understand we have zero room for error, we've got to take care of our business week in and week out and then MAYBE we'll still have that opportunity. We're not guaranteed anything, but you do know that a lot of things change and there's upsets happen all the time. So all we have to make sure is that we take care of our business.”

Watch raw video of Petrino's press conference above.

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