He referenced the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last strike twice in game six before coming back back to win that contest and eventually winning the organization's 11th World Title in game seven.
"If we have learned anything from the World Series, it's that you just hang in there and keep going," Petrino said.
That just what the No. 8 Razorbacks (7-1, 3-1) did on Saturday, rallying for a victory for the third time this season after being down double digits after halftime.
But only because kicker Carey Spear missed a 27-yard field goal with five seconds left that would have sent the game into overtime.
"It was really just hanging in there and trying to make plays," Petrino said. "I was proud of our defense that we played one play at a time. They're on the 3-yard line going in to score and we kept competing. The ball comes out and Jerry picks it up and gets himself a nice touchdown run… We found a way to get field goals. Zach Hocker did a great job."
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin was understandably crushed after the loss for his Commodores (4-4, 1-4), who had NFL quarterbacks – Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (brother of Vandy quarterback Jordan Rodgers) and Chicago's Jay Cutler (a Vandy alum) - on their sidelines.
"That was a tough loss," Franklin said. "That was a very, very tough loss. When you play a really good team, you can't make mistakes. Turnovers, missed opportunities, penalties - you can't beat yourself.
"We're getting better every single week," Franklin added. "You look at this team and how we're progressing - it's not even close. I believe in my kids, I believe in our process. We're light-years of when I came here and when I got on campus. This is not the same old Vanderbilt. We're going to find ways to finish games like this."
Vandy pulled out all the stops, including going for it on a fourth-and1 in its own territory and having a successful fake field goal on which fullback Fitz Lassing ran 25 yards to set up his team's third score.
""They're a team that likes those trick plays, weird formations and weird sets," Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette said. "... We knew they had that in the playbook and were not afraid to use it. We got burned a couple times on throwbacks and reverses, but overall we were able to hang in there and pull it out. "
Petrino was happy to just being getting on the plane with a win on a day when Wilson completed 27-of-43 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown and broke a school record for consecutive passes without an interception.
By his own admission, Wilson could have had six passes intercepted – including two that would have been Vandy touchdowns – as he pushed his streak to 176 to break Ryan Mallett's record of 141.
""The thing that I'm happy about is we're going home seven and one," Petrino said. "You know, it's been a tough go for our football team when you look at going on the road at Alabama, in Dallas against Texas A&M, and one home game at Auburn, two more on the road. I'm proud that we're coming home seven and one."
Jordan Rodgers – who was 15-of-27 passing for 240 yards and carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards - was disappointed at his team's loss, but proud of its effort.
His team had big efforts from running back Zac Stacy (19 carries, 128 yards and 3 catches for 51 yards) and wideout Jordan Matthews (6 catches for 151 yards).
"We had a bunch of guys fight till the end today so it's going to be a tough one to swallow, but we made strides today," Rodgers said. "We showed that we can play with anybody on any Saturday. It's the No. 8 team in the country and we had them up against the wall the majority of the game." ?
Vanderbilt outgained Arkansas 462 to 388 with the Razorbacks rushing for just 72 yards total.
The Razorbacks, playing without injured senior wideout Greg Childs, did get another sparkling effort from senior wide receiver Jarius Wright, who had 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Dennis Johnson – banged up early - had 9 carries for 52 yards while fellow tailback Ronnie Wingo had 10 carries for 30 yards.
"They did a good job defensively making us earn it," Petrino said. "We didn't get any big huge chunk plays so we had to earn everything that we got. We had to work hard to protect them. They did a good job of mixing their blitzes up. It was a hard game."
Arkansas trailed 21-7 when Rodgers - who had passed to Matthews for a 21-yard score and ran 19 yards for one himself - got into the end zone on a 3-yard run with 1:39 left in the second quarter.
"Our defense was erratic," Petrino said. "We couldn't get anything stopped in the first half, and again it came back in the second half where we did. We couldn't create a pass-rush with four guys. We had to sit down and create pressure. Honestly, we're still searching."
The Razorbacks roared down the field, converting a 4th-and-10 from the Commodores' 41 to keep the drive alive.
That conversion came on a 30-yard pass from Wilson to Wright, who then combined on an 11-yard touchdown pass on the next play with five seconds left before intermission.
Hocker's PAT cut it to 21-14.
""That was huge for us," Petrino said. "It looked a couple of times like the half was going to be over before (the Razorbacks scored)."
Arkansas' only other touchdown in the first half came on back-up quarterback Brandon Mitchell's 4-yard run in the first quarter on his only snap of the game.
Just as they did in rallies against Texas A&M and Ole Miss, the Razorbacks scored first in the second half.
After Eric Bennett picked off Rodgers on the third quarter's first possession, Hocker drilled a 36-yard field goal to cut it to 21-17 at the 11:39 mark.
Rodgers then hit Arkansas linebacker Ross Rasner in the hands, but he dropped what would have been a big turnover. Soon after that, Arkansas' Marquel Wade was ejected for a personal foul when he brutally ran into Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause before the ball arrived.
The Commodores declined the penalty because Kenny Ladler picked up the punt and returned it to midfield.
"It was handled the right way [by the officials]," Franklin said. "The [personal foul] penalty was declined because we got more return yards. He went back into the game after that. Their guy made a play, those things happen, we moved forward. Our guys played hard and played aggressively. By no means do I feel like Arkansas targeted him."
Arkansas' defense forced another three-and-out and was poised to take the lead when Wilson and Wright combined on a 37-yar pass to the Vandy 23.
But Johnson fumbled on the next play – his second turnover in the red zone in as many weeks.
Vanderbilt used that gift and took a 28-17 lead when Rodgers hit tailback Zac Stacy on a throwback pass and he took it 62 yards for a score.
Spear's PAT gave the Commodores all the momentum back with 5:02 left in the third quarter.
Hocker was true once again, this time on a 50-yarder with 1:05 left in the third quarter to cut it to 28-20.
That led to what arguably was the play of the game.
Vanderbilt had driven from its own 37 to Arkansas 3-yard line – a 44-yard toss from Rogders to Stacy being the key - with a chance to possibly land a knockout blow.
But Stacy simply fumbled the ball, Franklin grabbed it off the ground, avoided one tackler and raced 94 yards for the score.
When Wilson hit Wright for the two-point conversion, the game was tied 28-28 with 13:25 left.
""That was huge," Petrino said. "We got a lot of opportunities for turnovers but that was the biggest... It was a great scoop and score, which we've worked. "
Arkansas appeared to take the lead when Alonzo Highsmith dislodged Chris Boyd's pass from Rodgers and Jerico Nelson picked it out of the air and headed for the end zone.
But Nelson fumbled diving into the end zone and Jerron Seymour recovered it for a touchback.
So instead of the Razorbacks being up 34-28 with 12:01 left, the game remained tied and the Commodores had the ball at their own 20.
"We got another one (turnover) the next series, unfortunately the ball came out before Jericho was down," Petrino said. "It certainly was the right call. And then you just have to battle."
? Arkansas' defense once again forced a three-and-out, setting up what turned out to be the game-winning field goal.
The Razorbacks drove from their 35 to the Vandy 25 with Ronnie Wingo's 21-yard run the key play.
Hocker then drilled a 42-yarder for a 31-28 lead with 6:53 left that held up when his counterpart missed at the end.
Vanderbilt had the ball at the Arkansas 10 with 24 seconds left. Rodgers overthrew a receiver on second day and then threw the ball away on third down when pressured.
"We called two plays that gave us an opportunity to score," Franklin said. "I told Jordan that if it's not there, don't force it. That was the plan. We were very aggressive... I believe in our special teams."
Bequette gave his defense credit and also knew the Razorbacks got lucky.
"We knew they would go for the win," Bequette said. "They tried to go for the end zone and we held firm after that long pass-play they had. We're lucky they missed the kick. I felt like our chances were good in overtime but I'm glad we didn't have to do that."
Arkansas will now prepare for a home game next Saturday when South Carolina visits for a 6:15 p.m. game that will be televised by ESPN.
"It's very frustrating. We're definitely not satisfied with where we are right now," Bequette said. "We're not happy at all. We're happy to be 7-1, it's a great position. It looks good on paper, but we know we're capable of much better on defense and offense. When we put a complete game together it's going to be something sweet."
Dennis Johnson gets some yardage in the first half.
Jarius Wright had a big touchdown catch at the end of the first half.
Cobi Hamilton gets loose in the Vanderbilt secondary.
Vanderbilt's Tim Fugger crushes Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.