After all, you had better turn the page quickly on the 52-41 home defeat to the No. 21 Bulldogs when staring right in front of you is a road date with No. 3 Alabama (3-0).
"I like the attitude of our team," Petrino said. "It's hard. It's a hard loss. I can't tell you that it isn't because we did put a lot into it. You put a lot into it – mental preparation, physical preparation and emotionally we were ready to play a big game like that.
"The bottom line is that we have to bounce back and get ready for this game and I know we will do that," Petrino added. "I feel real good about yesterday and the way our players attitudes were, the way they took coaching and the way they evaluated themselves."
Indeed Arkansas got to work for next Saturday's 2:30 p.m. game that will be televised nationally by CBS less than 24 hours after the loss in its SEC opener.
"We had a good day yesterday," Petrino said. "We came in and watched the video. When I first went into the team room, the players were obviously hurting. The coaches were hurting. That's what obviously happens when you put great effort into something and don't come out with the result that you want.
"But what we did was get that behind us," Petrino added. "We worked hard in the video room – looking at the things we did well, correcting the things we didn't do well.
"We went out and stretched and the guys that played a lot in the game ran and they ran very well," Petrino continued. "They did a nice job. They were really pushing each other. I like the attitude and work ethic that we had."
The Razorbacks will have starting linebacker Jerry Franklin – who was ejected in the second quarter of the Georgia game - for the Alabama contest.
"The Jerry Franklin situation certainly hurt our football team when he got removed from the game," Petrino said. "That hurt us. He is a guy that makes a lot of our calls out there on the field. That is something that really hurt us. He should have been ejected. When you look at the video, he did bump into the official and that is an ejection from the game. It doesn't carry over into the next game so he will play against Alabama and the discipline on that will be kept in-house.
"He is hurting," Petrino added. "It is hard on him. He feels like he let his teammates down, let himself down. But it should be a learning situation – something he needs to learn from and everyone will learn from and people outside of our football team will learn from. You can not bump into an official. That's how the rules are."
Petrino noted that Arkansas should have injured players back in tailback Michael Smith and cornerback Rudell Crim as well as adding in wideout Lucas Miller, who has been cleared to play.
He also talked about how he plans to get more true newcomers playing time such as safety Anthony Leon (6-4, 230), running back Ronnie Wingo (6-3, 218) and offensive lineman Anthony Oden (6-8, 328).
While he sees a better football team this season than last, Petrino noted it is about winning.
"I think we have made a lot of progress, but it is hard to say how much better," Petrino said. "We've made a lot of progress, but we need to get a win. We need to be in that game at home and win the game and then you feel good about. We certainly are at the position now we think we can compete against anybody. Now it is time to learn how to win."
He wasn't of the mind to throw his defense – which gave up 530 yards total offense – under the bus alone for the loss.
"The defense will be fine," Petrino said. "Georgia executed really well. We all have to keep coming along. It's a team sport. There's three phases to the game and to win a ball game you have to win at all three of them."
That won't be easy against an Alabama team that has handled Virginia Tech (34-24), Florida International (40-14) and North Texas (53-7) with new starting quarterback Greg McElroy leading the way.
"They have a very good football team," Petrino said. "Their quarterback has played well for them the first three games. They can throw the ball deep and run the ball physically downhill and that is a tough combination."
Petrino knows the Crimson Tide's defense will present his offense a severe challenge.
"Those guys really rush," Petrino said. "What stands out the most is that we have got to get ourselves in third and medium and third and short because they like to tee off on their pass rush. Third down is when they really like to do their blitzing. They have a lot of experience and are very good at it."
They also have one of the league's best backs in Mark Ingram.
"He is so physical and he breaks tackles," Petrino said. "He has got big hips and big legs and runs with his pads down. He makes the first guy miss and runs through tackles. He made a great play the other day on a little check down route that he turned into a touchdown. I think he broke four tackles on the run. (Trent) Richardson is a good player, too."
Georgia's A.J. Green lit up the Arkansas defense to the tune of 7 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns and now along comes Bama's Julio Jones, another of the league's top wideouts.
"They are pretty similar," Petrino said. "They are both very explosive, have good size and long arms and can go up and get the ball. Hope we do better against Julio.
Jones has missed the last two games, but is slated to play against Arkansas.
"That's what happens – what do you figure he is ready for us," Petrino said. "He has been banged up a lot. He had that knee injury and had surgery over the off-season, but I do understand he should be ready to play against us."
Arkansas gave up a whopping 375 yards passing to Georgia, a lot of that coming after starting cornerback Rudell Crim and starting safety Tramain Thomas left with injuries and Franklin was ejected.
The Razorbacks led 21-10 at that point in the second quarter.
"We made some mistakes and we had some problems," Petrino said. "They found some mismatches and did a nice job with that. I was impressed with them when Rudell Crim went down and came out of the game, they immediately went after our back-up corner. They did a nice job with what they executed.
"At times we did some things well (on defense), particular early and we did get three turnovers in the game, so we were on the plus side of the turnover battle – which is good," Petrino said. "But we need to play much better."
While the cornerbacks were given the brunt of fan criticism, Petrino summed up the safety play with one word.
"Inconsistent," Petrino said. "There were times when they came down and made tackles well against the run and did some things in coverage that shouldn't happen. You have a rolled up corner and safety there and they hit two posts inside – that is something that is not supposed to happen."
Petrino wants to get junior college transfer Leon (6-4, 230) more into the mix on defense, but it is a learning process for the young man.
"I think the one thing that did show up was we have got to keep bringing Anthony Leon along and around," Petrino said. "We have got to get him to know the play book better, get the alignments right because one thing he can really do is come downhill and tackle and hit and that would really help our defense to have that physical presence in there. It is just all so knew to him. Not being here for spring ball really hurt him."
Another player who could see more safety time is true freshman Ross Rasner.
"He was on kickoff cover and has been getting in at one of those safety spots," Petrino said. "He is going to be a real good football player for us. Unfortunately when he got here this summer, he was coming off a fracture in his groin area and it took him a while to really come along and go full speed. I like what I see from him. The last four weeks he started to get his speed back and is a guy that can really accelerate, loves to hit and I think before it is over with is going to be a really good football player for us."
The Razorbacks struggled in short yardage situations again and Petrino laid that squarely at the feet of his offensive line.
"We got knocked backwards," Petrino said. "We have got to come off the ball and knock them off the ball. It was the offensive line. Our offensive line knows that we put third and short on the O-line. They have to move them from the line of scrimmage.
"On one run, I thought (tailback) Broderick Green could have had his pads down a little bit, but there was not a lot in there and it is a concern," Petrino said. "We have to do a better job blocking up front in short yardage.
Smith injured his shoulder on his first carry of the game and was in and out during the contest.
"I think he will be good to go (against Alabama)," Petrino said. "He felt good yesterday and had good strength in his shoulder. We will probably keep him non-contact on Tuesday, Wednesday we will see and Thursday he will be ready."
Smith rushed for 1,072 yards last season and was a preseason All-SEC pick headed into the 2009 campaign.
He has 12 carries for 102 yards so far in 2009 with 8 carries for 59 yards and 3 catches for 33 yards against Georgia.
"Michael is a big part of the offense and we really haven't been able to establish him yet," Petrino added. "I think we did in the third quarter. I really liked the first two drives of the second half. He did a nice job running the ball – getting five, six, eight yards running it. He broke one run for 21 yards and we used our quick passing game to drive the ball."
The Razorbacks' passing success - 408 yards and 5 TDS - did limit the number of running plays according to Petrino.
"Some of the opportunities we missed running the ball were that we had two one-play touchdown drives," Petrino continued. "Two times we got the ball and the very first play we scored touchdowns. That limits our total number of plays. We didn't have that many.
"It is also probably the first time in my career where you have two one-play touchdown drives and you lose the game, " Petrino said.
Arkansas had just 77 yards rushing on 24 carries against Georgia.
"We have to run the ball better," Petrino said. " We had 75 yards rushing and we have to get 100-150 to be successful. The pass game sets up the running game and vice versa."
Petrino said he expects to get celebrated freshman tailback Ronnie Wingo some more carries.
"That is the hardest thing about going into your second game and it being a very critical conference game," Petrino said, "is not being able to get him another game under his belt. Not being able to get (freshman offensive lineman) Anthony Oden another game under his belt.
"I attribute that to me," Petrino added. "When you are in that game and everything is going well, playing well and scoring points, it is hard for me to say let's put a true freshman in there and have him have the opportunity to make a big mistake or something that hurts the game. But now we have to move ahead and get him more reps. Guy is a good football player and definitely can help us as the year goes on.
"If you had had another non-conference game before the Georgia game, he (Wingo) would have had much more reps under his belt," Petrino continued. "The same thing with an Anthony Oden. We need to get him ready to play. He is a physical guy that can really play football."
One thing that has been stellar has been the play of the wideouts.
"They've been playing really well," Petrino said. "They've done a nice job of taking one year of experience and really didn't know anything and learning everything over the off-season, spring and summer.
"They're playing fast, running good routes, and they have a tremendous amount of confidence," Petrino added. "When you lay out and make catches like that, it gets contagious, and that's what we like."
Adding Miller back into the mix this week will help the depth and talent at that spot.
"Lucas will be back this week and that will really help us because he is a guy that can make plays and keep them fresh," Petrino said. "Like I said after the game, we should have rotated them more, got Cobi Hamilton more reps in there so we are fresher in the fourth quarter when you need to win the game."