After scoring with its first possession of the third quarter to go up 28-7, Allen said, "Everyone thought we had it wrapped up. We let off the pedal. There can be no letup. You have to keep scoring touchdowns."
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino didn't talk about a letup, but he said there was a lack of execution after the fourth touchdown of the game. He said that's the key to playing No. 1 Alabama, to put together execution with all 11 on offense.
Petrino joined Allen, Brandon Mitchell and Travis Swanson in the interview room after Tuesday's practice. The Hogs didn't have team bell cow Tyler Wilson for the practice, but Petrino said the senior quarterback did participate mentally. Wilson has an injury "above the shoulders" sustained late in the first half against Louisiana-Monroe.
"He was in the huddle and getting the play calls," Petrino said.
Asked when Wilson would be ruled out for the Alabama game, Petrino said, "Not until the kickoff."
Petrino tried to divide the snaps at quarterback with Allen taking 55 percent, Mitchell 45. Mitchell worked at wide receiver when he wasn't taking quarterback snaps.
Was there rust with Mitchell after spending most of his practice time at receiver since the start of fall camp?
"A little," Petrino said. "He may have missed a couple of throws. But he did good. He's been taking mental reps with us and he's been in the meeting room at quarterback."
Allen, redshirt freshman from Fayetteville, had a big crowd around him in the interview room. He was asked if it might be like a movie script for his first start to be against the defending national champs and No. 1 Crimson Tide?
"If it comes to that, it comes to that," Allen said. "All I'm doing now is watching as much film as possible and trying to be as ready as I can. I'm going to be as ready as I've ever been.
"If you are the backup, you want to be ready if your name is called. It won't be any different this week than last. You want to be ready. You have to be prepared to start. I'm doing my best to be ready to go."
The Hogs may have fallen in a huge upset last week, but both Allen and Mitchell said the team is trying to make that a distant memory.
"You have to put it behind you," Mitchell said. "You don't want to make one loss turn into two. You have to forget it. You have to focus on this week, not last week.
"I think we are excited to be playing Alabama. That's where we are right now. We have a lot of emotion right now. I'm not even thinking of last week."
Allen said, "There is a lot of fire in this team right now. Everyone is up and excited. It's Alabama."
Petrino feels that.
"Why woudn't you be up for the No. 1 team," Petrino said. "You'd have to be excited to play this week."
Petrino said the Hogs are looking for fullbacks this week after losing both Kiero Small and Kody Walker. Those getting work on Tuesday there are Austin Jones, Grady Ollison and Austin Tate. Jones is a converted linebacker, Tate also plays tight end and Ollison has also worked this fall at tackle, guard and tight end.
"All of them are eager to hit," Petrino said. "Anytime you want to hit, fullback is a good place. They don't have the experience of Small. But they will hit."
Petrino said the running game must improve, but he said there was execution in the third quarter but not in the fourth.
"That's what cost us the game," he said. "The key is we didn't convert a third down (in the fourth quarter). We had a pulling guard on a third-and-one and he didn't cut his man. We had a triple slant on a third-and-5 and Brandon hit his man in the stomach. He's got to get some help.
"You go back to two years ago against that team and we were 7-7 because we kept trying to run the ball. Things opened up when we started to pass it. That's what I was thinking."
Petrino said running back Knile Davis had a good day of practice.
"He ran better Saturday than he did the previous week and he ran it better today than he did Saturday," Petrino said. "He's improved each game. I think he's ready to burst out, break a tackle and hit a big play."
Petrino also said both Allen and Mitchell are capable of making plays with their feet. He said both were "mobile."
The quarterbacks coach said he was pleased with what Allen did in his first extended action. But he knows he'll get better.
"In the spring, he didn't finish things and he finished better in the scrimmages this fall," Petrino said. "I thought he did some good things, but he can play better. There were some plays that he hits every day in practice that he didn't in the game. But he's got to get more help.
"I think this is the week he'll finish. He's getting better and better."
Mitchell had four big plays in the opener, but didn't have a catch against ULM. What happened?
"I think it was their game plan, to take away the short stuff," Mitchell said. "They played the safeties real low. That opened things up behind them. Unfortunately, we didn't hit all of those plays that we had behind them."
Does he expect the same type coverage this week from Alabama?
"Nick Saban is a real smart coach," Mitchell said. "He may work on that, too."