Petrino said media members needed to call the SEC supervisor if they had questions about the calls because "the first amendment" of free speech "does not apply" when it comes to coaches discussing game officials.
The SEC later admitted in a release that at least one call in the game was a mistake, a personal foul against Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard in a Florida touchdown drive.
"There's not a lot of recourse. We do submit plays to the SEC just like we do every week," Petrino said. "Obviously, I called and talked to the director of the officials. But there's not a whole lot we can do about it."
What was said to Petrino?
"He didn't give me anything that satisfied me, but that's just how it goes," Petrino said. "And obviously, everyone here knows that the First Amendment when it comes to football coaches talking about officials does not apply."
Later during the interview, Petrino was asked about the play clock running out on one of Florida's made field goals. Did he notice that during the game or on film?
"Both," Petrino said. "Really the call that I thought hurt the most was the not calling the offensive pass interference in the end zone. You wouldn't say the most, but the one I don't understand how you can't call that play."
That would have been on Florida's drive for the winning field goal on an incomplete deep pass into the end zone. Arkansas corner Andru Stewart appeared to be waiting for the ball, but was grabbed by Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper.
Petrino said there is still disappointment on the outcome in the Arkansas camp, but that coaches would work to put the Florida thoughts behind them except for the many positives from the game.
"You go back and you watch the game and you're disappointed again in the outcome and happy with the way our assistant coaches game-planned and the plan we had going in and executed.," Petrino said. "How hard and how much effort our players played with, but we didn't win the game and that hurts. But what we have to do is take this and use it to build on, use it as a confidence builder, use it as knowing how to prepare, how to practice and then how to perform in a game.
"It hurts a lot to lose the game because we really felt like we were going to win it, but the best thing we have to do now is put it behind us after this afternoon and move forward and get ready for Ole Miss.
"Ole Miss is a team we know we have to go in and stop the run and put pressure on their quarterback, and offensively we have to consistently move the ball. You know, we made some big plays the other day and our guys worked hard.
"They're a great defense, there's no question about that. But we weren't very consistent, and we relied that our defense would create turnovers."
Petrino will make sure his players understand they were close and that's a positive.
"I think it's something we can take and build on," he said. "You can take and build confidence from it, understand that you're right there. You're playing the No. 1 team in the country, and you're there and you had an opportunity to win the game and then watch and see how you played and howhard you competed and how well we executed the game plan. And we build from it.
"I think my second year we went down and played at Miami when I was at Louisville and kind of the same situation. Had a chance to win the game, we're leading most of the entire game and they won it at the end. And our players stepped up from that point on and played with a tremendous amount of confidence, so I'm hoping it's like that."
Petrino was asked if there is any thought to changing kickers after Alex Tejada missed two field goals against Florida. Tejada had made all seven of his kicks this season before the trip to Florida and finished the game 2-of-4.
"We do not have a lot of options," Petrino said. "He's going to get better and kick them through the uprights."
Michael Smith didn't play against Florida after sustaining a hamstring injury against Auburn. Can he play this week against Ole Miss?
"He's better," Petrino said. "He was in here today. We'll know more after we see him again (Monday night)."
What about Joe Adams? The sophomore wide receiver didn't play the last two games after sustaining a mild stroke.
"We don't have a time table," Petrino said. "It's tough on him. He's such a great competitor. We are just trying to help him as much as we can. He feels badly he can't be out there. What we do know is that all the tests done (since the stroke was diagnosed) have been good. They are trying to determine what caused it."
Petrino praised the defense.
"The defense played hard," he said. "Number one, they stopped the run. We are playing sound gap control in the defensive line. The linebackers are running downhill. We are tackling better. We are shedding blocks better.
"What we did in this game was play better in first and 10. Then, we rushed the passer. We had six sacks in the game. They had only five sacks on the season coming in.
"We tried to tighten up the coverage in this game, take away their quick throws. I think the staff had a great game plan."
The Hogs are getting more turnovers this season.
"We are being more physical and hitting harder," Petrino said. "We are getting more players to the football. That's how you force turnovers. We forced some fumbles last year, we didn't recover them. I think how you recover them is get more players to the football."
Some of the improvement on defense has happened as some of the newcomers have worked themselves into the lineup. When did the staff know D.D. Jones was going to be a factor at defensive tackle?
"Really, we knew it from the time he first got here," Petrino said. "He is 6-5, 300 and can bend and run. He is talented, but what he really does is play with a great motor. He plays hard every week."
Another newcomer, Rudell Crim, is a "good football player" at cornerback, Petrino said. He's helped the defense, too.
Petrino was asked about the focus switching to Ole Miss this week.
"Really, our focus is on ourselves," he said. "We are trying to play good football and take care of ourselves.
"One of the biggest things I told our team early last week is that we don't have to do anything extra ordinary to win games. We have to play Razorback football. We didn't do that at Alabama.
"We went to Florida focused on what we had to do and our players were really excited."
Petrino was asked about the grade given to quarterback Ryan Mallett for his performance at Florida.
"I'm not going to tell you guys how we graded them," Petrino said. "What I will tell you is that Ryan is a great competitor. He stood in the pocket and got hit and made some big plays. It was not his best game, but he was going against a great defense. What he did do was take care of the ball. He stepped up in the pocket and made some plays. He gave us an opportunity to mave the ball and win the game."
Looking back, Petrino still isn't sure how the Hogs didn't win.
"If you'd ever told me we were plus-four in turnovers and had more big plays than them and lost the game, I wouldn't have thought that would happen," Petrino said. "But it did, so I'm excited for the preparation this week. I feel good that our team will come back from it and work extremely hard and get ready for this next game."
Wide receiver Greg Childs can't help but play the "what if" game after the near miss at Florida.
"Florida had a great defense," he said. "We had little things that was off some as receivers. This game some of our receivers didn't get off the line quite as quick and wasn't at the right position at the right time for Mallett. He usually knows where we're going to be on the field and things. It's just little things. It's not really that big of a deal to us. We're just going to come back and play hard, and practice hard this week.
"Our last two games had been against undefeated opponents and we'd come out and played hard. Everybody is like, 'OK, Arkansas is coming out of this and starting to play better. They're starting to mature and things like that.' Then we played Florida and that just made Arkansas' stock rise because we really showed everybody that we can do it.
"Of course (you look back and say what-if). I dropped a touchdown pass that was probably the exact same play that I caught down here against Georgia. It was the same exact play. I dove out for it but I just missed it. I dropped a slant. It just feels like to me there were some key plays that I could have made to help us move on. I tried to come back from it and tried to play hard but we've just got to go into our next game with confidence and just play hard.
"That (missed) pass was just kind of all me. I misjudged it and at the last minute I didn't close my hands in time, so that pass was on me."
It's on to this week and a trip to Oxford, Miss.
"We feel very confident about the game," Childs said. "We're about to go out and play Houston Nutt and Ole Miss, you know. We came out and played the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. The media had us losing by countless touchdowns and saying we weren't going to have a chance to play with them. But we stepped on the field Saturday and showed we had a great team and we can go out on the field and play with anybody."
Mallett said he won't ever forget the loss at Florida, but he has to move on.
"It's tough," Mallett said. "You know it was a great game. We played a great but not it's time to focus on Ole Miss, so we're looking forward this week and getting ready to go down on another road trip and get back in the win column.
"We missed some (opportunities). We had our chances but we didn't covert on them.
"I don't know if you can feel better after that one. That's going to stick with you for the rest of your life. You had the opportunity to go in there as a big underdog and get the win. We just couldn't pull it out.
"I didn't play very well. I don't feel like I played very well. I kept us in there at the end but I feel I could have made some plays in the first half that would have given the team some chances to win."