Those were the three biggest things that came from the Razorbacks' Monday press conference, held two days after a disappointing 65-43 shootout loss at Auburn.
Arkansas (4-2, 1-2), now ranked 21st nationally after being as high as 10th earlier this season, hosts Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) Saturday at 11:21 a.m.
"We have just got to look forward," Petrino said. "The one thing you have got to do in football is tear the rear view mirror off and look forward and that's got to happen this week. That is really how we have to attack this week.
"This week we have a great opportunity to play in our stadium, in our home and we need to play well and win the game," Petrino added. "For us to do that, we have to have a great attitude, great leadership and prepare to go win the game."
Petrino noted it was the first time in 28 days Arkansas would be playing at home and he hoped the crowd would get up early and show up for the contest.
"We need our crowd to get up early and come here and fire us up like they did for the Alabama game," Petrino said. "We need that same type of atmosphere because that was awesome and let the whole state and the University and the football team be upbeat and positive and go play football like we know we can."
While the Razorbacks are two games back of the West and overall SEC lead, Petrino made clear his team was still full speed ahead.
"I think what is real important for our team is that we are half-way through the season, we're 4-2, we would have liked to been better right now sitting here, but we have got to play one game at a time, focus on that game and one play at a time. This is a big game for us."
He suffered the concussion when his head hit the ground on a tackle and – although he led his team on to a touchdown – Mallett came out after that series and spent the second half in street clothes watching the Razorbacks rally.
"Yesterday he was asymptomatic," Petrino said. "He did go through a series of tests and he'll go through some more this afternoon. The best-case scenario is he comes out and practices tomorrow. I don't know that yet, but he had no headaches and he has no symptoms from the concussion so that is very, very positive."
Although some television replays have caught Mallett seemingly favoring an injured shoulder, Petrino says that is not the case.
"No, not at all," Petrino said. "Everything's fine except his head."
Mallett, who has thrown for 1,844 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, will get the starter's reps on Tuesday if he is cleared according to Petrino.
"We'll have to see what transpires in practice," Petrino said. "If there's a green light then we'll go with it, but if there are question marks with Mallett, then we have to have Tyler get reps and get prepared to practice. We just have to monitor it and make decisions right before we get to practice and see what the reps are going to be. The good thing is everyone has a tremendous amount of confidence in Tyler."
Wilson noted that he prepares each week as if he is going to start or at least play and thus he was ready against Auburn and would be if needed against Ole Miss.
"I try to have that mindset every week," Wilson said. "Obviously, with Ryan I've known that he'd be the starter for quite some time. I try to approach the week with a good mindset and the mindset that I'm going to have the chance to play in every game. Thankfully, that's the way I approached last week and got an opportunity. So I'm not going to change anything up this week."
Wilson was on fire while completing 14 of his first 15 passes en route to a day he ended with career highs of 25-of-34 for 332 yards and 4 touchdown, but says he was caught up in the moment, not the numbers.
"When you're in a game, you don't think about numbers," Wilson said. "I know I wasn't thinking about numbers, I was thinking about the next play called. I mentioned there after the game that for a little while I was kind of in the zone, because you don't think about that kind of stuff. You don't think about the crowd. You don't think about a lot of stuff. In the backup role, a lot of times you're on the sideline, you get caught up in there. It's hard to step into a game because you've been kind of distracted maybe. As far as Saturday, I was pretty honed in. I had my eye on a lot of stuff."
He said that he was more energized playing in the hostile environment than nervous and that he was just out "playing ball and finding our athletic wide receivers."
"For my first big experience to be on the road, in a hostile environment, it's different when you score a touchdown and you don't hear a lot of cheers," Wilson said. "It's kind of fun in some ways. It's you against the world. I think the team rallied around each other because of that and it was fun, definitely a good experience for my first time to step in."
Petrino was pleased with what he saw from Wilson.
"I was very proud of Tyler," Petrino said. " He did a great job. He came in and he was very confident. It really helps that he was thrown into that situation as a true freshman (in 2008). He did a really nice job of executing his progressions. He stood in there and took a couple of shots and completed passes. He showed a tremendous amount of toughness. He had some unfortunate interceptions in the fourth quarter, but he gave us enough to be in a position to win."
Arkansas starting center Travis Swanson, who is very familiar with Wilson since they worked on the second team together last season.
"We had confidence in him from the get-go," Swanson said. " I never really had to worry about anything. I just had to worry about getting my line the right calls. I had complete confidence in Tyler. He had the utmost confidence. You can tell he was ready. He was thrown in that situation, but he responded well. When I came in here my true freshman year (2009), I worked with the twos all throughout the season. I was snapping to him constantly throughout that season. When he came in the game, it was fine."
Petrino believes the Razorbacks definitely lost the special teams aspect of the game on Saturday having a punt blocked, giving up a 99-yard kickoff return and letting the Tigers having an average field position of their own 43 to Arkansas' own 23.
"The difference in the starting field position, between Auburn and us, they had a huge advantage, which made us have to drive to score touchdowns," Petrino said. "We did a pretty good job of that. We were trying to drive the ball. They got the long touchdown, and we came back with the flea flicker and hit a couple of big quick drives. It's harder. You'd like to have the advantage in the field position, and we did not have it."
Wilson knows the importance of this week's game.
"It is a must-win situation at this point," Wilson said. "I think one win will propel us to another."
The Rebels have won the last two games in the series – the only two since former Razorback coach Houston Nutt and the school parted ways.
"They've got us the last two years and that really sticks in our minds," Wilson said.
Asked if he believed Nutt pointed toward this game, Petrino basically offered up that he didn't care whether he did or not.
"My thoughts are we need to worry about us," Petrino said. "We have to do a great job this week of being fresh physically and mentally, take care of business, get well prepared and go perform on Saturday the way we can."
Petrino sized up Ole Miss' strengths as being its defense and quarterback Jermiah Masoli, who ended up with the Rebels after being booted off the Oregon State team.
"They're really good on defense," Petrino said. "Their defensive front is big and physical. They're going to come up and challenge us and load the box. Offensively, we face a quarterback that's not as big and physical (as Auburn's Cam Newton), but he can really run around and make plays and throw the ball down the field. We're going to have to be on top of our game."
While UA athletic director Jeff Long noted that he had contacted the SEC office about some rulings by the refs on Saturday, Petrino wasn't biting when asked about the decisions that were later reviewed and Auburn awarded a touchdown in each case.
"You guys are killing me, your baiting me," Petrino said while laughing. "You're just throwing it out there and seeing if I can get it a different way. I have a gag order right there. I can't say anything."