By LARRY VAUGHT
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino was obviously frustrated often during Saturday’s 41-38 loss to Kentucky — the first time he lost to UK as a Louisville coach — and that didn’t change when the game ended Saturday.
“You know sometimes in this game you find ways to win games and sometimes you find ways to lose games. I certainly feel like we found a way to lose that game,” Petrino said.
He did hold criticizing quarterback Lamar Jackson, who could win the Heisman Trophy. He threw two interceptions and fumbled deep in UK territory late in the game with the score tied 38-38. Kentucky then drove into Louisville territory to set up Austin MacGinnis’ winning 47-yard field goal.
“I think Lamar tried to do too much. We ran a similar play to what we ran earlier, and he handed the ball off and we ran in the end zone and he misread that one and didn’t take care of the ball the way he knows how to,” Petrino said. “And we ended up turning it over.
“But you felt good about where we were at, looking at the clock saying, ‘Hey we can get a field goal… we can do anything we want here to win the game, but turn it over.’ That was the one thing we couldn’t do. And that’s what we did.”
So what did he think of Jackson’s overall play?
“We’ve got to come in and watch the video and that’s how you evaluate it. Watch the video and see everything that’s going on out there,” Petrino said.
Guess he didn’t see enough during the game to answer.
Then he went more into Jackson’s ball security, or lack of it.
“What he needed to do right there was hand the ball off and trust his teammates. Hand the ball of and let them make the play. That is exactly what his read told him to do. And then he just tried to do too much and turned the ball over,” Petrino said.
Trying to do too much. Sometimes the best players do that and often Jackson has done it to win games for Louisville — like last year against Kentucky. Jackson also got sacked repeatedly a week earlier in a loss at Houston and Kentucky also got pressure on Jackson at times.
So Petrino was asked if Jackson was staying in the pocket too long?
“Really? That is a bad question right there. Lamar competes his butt off. He does everything he possible can to help us win. He has had an amazing season alright. He has used all the talent that God gave him and that’s a bad job of questioning. Thank you,” Petrino said.
So it is okay for Petrino to say Jackson basically lost the game by making a bad read and fumbling but if a reporter wonders if Jackson is staying the pocket too long that is a “bad job of questioning.”