It sounded like Tuesday's practice was an improvement, from Petrino's point of view.
"The only thing I know to do is work hard," Petrino said. "That's all I know. When it comes to tight ends and wide receivers, all I know is to play harder and faster. When you do that, you don't have as many drops. We did that today and we caught the ball a lot better.
"We didn't get it done in the game. That's my fault. I thought we were ready but we weren't. We will be ready this week."
Petrino thought Tuesday's practice started fast and got faster, especially during 7-on-7 when quarterbacks and receivers on the first team completed all but one pass.
"We had only one ball on the ground in the first team," Petrino said. "Just one incompletion with the ones. We came out and practiced and had energy and carried it through. And, it got better as we went along."
However, Petrus, starting strongside guard, wasn't pleased. He said his unit needs to pick up the pace, especially when it comes to protecting quarterback Ryan Mallett. He was asked about the game with Texas A&M - billed as a renewal of a rivalry - but said it was more about improving the play of the Hogs.
"I'm not trying to build a rivalry," Petrus said. "We're just trying to go out and get a win. I'm not out there looking to go piss somebody off. We're trying to win a game. The O-line is focused on correcting our mistakes and stop costing this entire team. It's our fault. So that's what we're focusing on right now, is getting that correcting."
How was Tuesday's workout?
"Offensive line wise we didn't do good, and we got to get better," Petrus said. "We got to stop accepting average and being normal. We got to raise the level of play and got to hold each other accountable for our responsibilities. And we're going to get better and we're going to get it done. It's going to happen; we're just not getting it done yet."
Petrus seem ticked off about the penalty situation?
"I'm pretty ticked off about the whole thing," he said. "The offensive line is costing this whole team right now, so we got to stop. Mallett's back there, standing there, getting hit every play and that's on us. It's not one player; it's a reflection of all of us. That's gotta change. That's unacceptable. This crap happened last year. It's gotta stop. You got to make up your mind what you're going to put into it. Our guys are going to get it right. We got some young guys in there playing. We got Oden in there playing right now, but he's playing hard. We got to eliminate the mental mistakes."
Williams, starting tight end, said it was a good practice, especially from a leadership standpoint.
"You saw the team leaders step up today, starting with the quarterback," Williams said. "Ryan Mallett is our commander. He got emotional. Then, it went to Michael Smith. Everyone from those two on down was enthusiastic and emotional. There was a lot of that today. You could see the team taking charge of the situation."
Williams said it was a missed opportunity.
"What we saw in watching the film was that there was a point in the game that it was 14-7 in the second half and we didn't take the opportunities to step up," Williams said. "That's what we learned in watching the film.
"But we still have a great opportunity to reach a lot of our goals. This is a big week to take a step towards a goal."
Michael Smith went a step further.
"I'd call it a must win," Smith said. "We know it's a big game. You know you can't lose three in a row. We have to prove to ourselves that we can win. We have to prove something to our state. We can't let it go any further."
Quarterback coach Garrick McGee said he sensed a realization about the missed chances during film review, too.
"I think our players saw where we were at a point in the game," he said. "I think they also recognized that at that point in the game they were missing the passion and energy that it takes to win in that kind of environment."
McGee was talking specifically about Mallett.
"In reality, this is Ryan Mallett's third game as the quarterback of this team," McGee said. "It's really the first time he's been in this situation, leading the team. Yes, he was the quarterback when he went to Wisconsin two years ago, but that wasn't his team. This is his team now. It's a whole different situation and he was new to it.
"He let things build around him. He learned a lot from being in the situation.
"What you saw today was a lot more energy and passion, what we didn't have Saturday. He knows he has to bring that to the game, but you have to do it in practice first."
Paul Petrino saw that in at least one of his wideouts. Lucas Miller was a standout Tuesday.
"Lucas really had a good night, he probably wasn't all the way back last week, but he was really good in this practice," Petrino said. "We weren't happy with the receiver play in this last game. We are going to find the ones who want to play in practice this week and then they will be on the field. I was real happy with Lucas tonight."