The first team offense, directed by Ryan Mallett, struggled against the first team defense. And, the Hogs will be without running back Knile Davis for the rest of the spring.
Davis enrolled at midterm after finishing high school in Missouri City, Texas and was off to a nice start to spring through the first four workouts. But it was learned late Tuesday night that an ankle injury sustained earlier in the day was a break to the same bone that halted his senior campaign. Davis will undergo surgery as soon as possible.
While praising Wilson, Petrino said the running game lacked the zip displayed in last week's practices. But he did praise the play of the defense in a practice that was split into two phases -- a regular practice and the live scrimmage.
"We didn't have enough intensity in the early part of the practice," Bobby Petrino said. "We have to put more into the practice part (before the scrimmage)."
As far as the scrimmage, Petrino was pleased with the defense.
"I thought the defense ran well to the ball," he said. "I thought we tackled well. We played very base and didn't make mistakes.
"The offense made some big plays, but made mistakes and cost themselves touchdowns. We had to settle for a bunch of field goals. So I feel like coming off the field right now, without watching the video, the defense got the upper hand in the scrimmage.
"I did feel like Tyler Wilson had a good day. He made a lot of plays. He did a good job of moving in the pocket and throwing the ball in some awkward positions, but he can really do that.
"I didn't like our running game. I think we can run it better -- like we did a week ago. We didn't break tackles and make big plays running the ball and that certainly hurt us."
As far as defensive standouts, Petrino said, "Malcolm Sheppard is always a real active guy and causes problems with the offensive line all the time. I thought both defensive ends (Adrian Davis and Jake Bequette) are doing a good job. They are both providing pass rush and playing the run well. Jerry Franklin and Jerrico Nelson were around the ball all the time. I thought the corners held up. They gave up some big plays, but they held up for the most part."
What do the quarterbacks need to do better?
"The first thing is to work on the progressions," Petrino said. "Sometimes they see things flash in front of them, a jersey, and think a guy is covered and they need to stay with their progressions -- one, two, three and distribute the ball according to what the defense tells them. I think sometimes they are guessing, making their mind up before the ball is snapped.
"That's just a matter of reps. The more reps you get at it, the more times you see it on video then you come out and read, don't make your mind up before the snap and let it play out after the ball is snapped."
Petrino was asked about De'Anthony Curtis.
"He keeps getting better," Petrino said. "His ability to break tackles, keep his legs going. He understands what we are doing better. He's doing a good job scheme wise in pass protection. He has to work on his technique a little bit.
"We just didn't look fast. I didn't think we played very fast offensively."
Tramain Thomas got the bulk of the snaps at first team free safety after senior Matt Harris went down early in the scrimmage with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Thomas played well and made several heavy tackles. Jerrico Nelson, the strong safety with the first unit, also played the run well and made two interceptions.
The offense struggled, compared to previous days.
Quarterback Ryan Mallett said, "We came out pretty sluggish. We can't do that and we know that. We've got to look in the mirror and get better as a unit."
Mallett gave credit to the defense.
"The defense stepped it up," he said. "They played real well. They were flying to the football and we can't let that happen. Like I said, we've got to go and watch the film and see what we've got to do."
"I don't know, we didn't come out prepared to compete and that's somethng we can't do," Mallett said.
Afterwards, the offense and defense met separately on different parts of the field. Paul Petrino, offensive coordinator, had a talk with his unit.
"That's basically what he was reiterating," Mallett said. "We can't come out like that. We can't play like that and win a lot of games. We understand that. We're going to watch the film and we're going to get better."
Here's a breakdown on the statistical leaders:
• Tyler Wilson was 16-of-30 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jerrell Norton picked off Wilson's lone INT, a deep pass in the end zone.
Ryan Mallett finished 17-of-30 for 210 yards with two interceptions. Jerico Nelson had both of Mallett's interceptions.
Wilson's touchdowns were to Greg Childs on a pass of 30 yards and Ben Cleveland on a six-yard pass.
D.J. Williams led the team in receiving with seven catches for 64 yards and Dennis Johnson led in rushing with eight carries for 41 yards.
Linebacker Jerry Franklin was the top tackler with seven.
Here's how the scrimmage went by possessions:
Ryan Mallett opened at quarterback with the first unit at the 20-yard line, going against the first defense. The offense made one first down when Mallett scrambled for 19 yards on a third-and-12. The possession ended when Dennis Johnson lost 2 yards on a draw on third and 7.
The first units stayed on the field, going back to the 20-yard line again. Mallett hit Jarius Wright for 11 yards and D. J. Williams for 4, but Mallett was incomplete for Joe Adams on third-and-4 with Matt Harris recording the PBU.
The second units took over for the next possession. Tyler Wilson hit passes of 24 to Ben Cleveland and 45 to Chris Gragg, but they stalled at the 8-yard line. Placekicker Cameron Bryan nailed a 25-yard field goal.
Mallett returned with the ones and led a drive to the 31 yard line before a sack by Sheppard and a 7-yard scramble by Mallett (on third-and-14) forced a field goal. Alex Tejada boomed a 49-yarder with the help of a north wind that was good with plenty to spare. The big play in that drive was a 36-yard pass from Mallett to Jarius Wright.
Mallett led the ones to just one first down before his pass down the middle for D. J. Williams was too high and was intercepted by Nelson. Mallett also converted a first down with a 9-yard pass to Joe Adams.
Wilson took over with the twos for a nice, five-play TD march. Wilson kept on what appeared to be a busted play for 11 yards. He found Reggie Fish for 44 yards, then Greg Childs for 20 yards.
Wilson took the twos for another TD march on the next possession, this time 7 plays for 80 yards. The big play was a crossing route to London Crawford that went for a big play when the wideout turned up field after the catch on a 41-yard play. Wilson covered the final 4 yards with a pass over the middle to Ben Cleveland.
Mallett returned with the ones at the defense's 35 for a march to a 24-yard field goal by Tejada. Wright dropped a pass that helped stall that drive. The best play in the march was a 12-yard pass to Williams.
The ones stayed on the field but could not convert any first downs after starting at the defense's 35 again. The only positive play was a 4-yard pass in the flat to Broderick Green. Mallett was incomplete to Crawford on fourth-and-5.
Mallett returned with the ones for a 35-yard march for a touchdown with Dennis Johnson covering the final yard on an inside plunge. The offense had to convert two fourth downs on the 10-play possession. Mallett kept for 8 when he needed 7 on the first fourth down. On a fourth-and-1, he passed 13 to Williams.
Wilson was back with the twos for a 7-play, 60-yard TD march. He passed 13 yards to Childs, then found Childs again for 24 yards. Wilson got the final 3 yards on a bootleg keeper.
The ones returned with Mallett under center from the minus 30-yard line. Johnson had a 25-yard run, but Mallett's third-and-12 pass was batted into the air and intercepted by Nelson.
The first offense looked better on its next try, from its own 40-yard line. Mallett had completions of 13 to Williams, 15 to Adams, 10 to Curtis, 9 to Williams and 7 to Wright before stalling with first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. Johnson made 2 to the 2, then lost 2 yards. On third-and goal from the 4, Adrian Davis came around from the outside for a sack. Tejada was good from 27, 34 and 34 as the special teams stayed on the field.
Jim Youngblood took over for Wilson with the second team, but the offense made just one first down on a 15-yard run by Curtis. On fourth-and-1, Broderick Green lost yardage on a nice play by Jelani Smith.
Youngblood passed to Green for 15 yards on the first play of the next possession, but was incomplete and sacked on the last two plays of that series.
Wilson returned with the twos and found Crawford for completions of 13 and 12 yards before his go route was intercepted deep in the end zone by Norton.
Wilson helped the second offense keep the ball for 15 plays on the next possession, and should have had a better result than a fourth-and-9 incompletion at the 24-yard line. He had two big plays come up empty when Reggie Fish dropped a pass and Carlton Salters dropped another.