But the second-year U of L coach said he watched the tape and has some high hopes for the Cardinals following a 31-24 loss to Auburn in the season-opener on Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
"I liked the way we responded," Petrino said. "We came out in the second half, competed hard and got back into the game. I really like our team and I like the attitude moving forward."
Christian, the brother of former U of L tight end Gerald Christian, started at right guard and played well.
"We put him in the toughest position on the offense line and he held his own," Petrino said.
The coach added later in his news conference that "I really do like this team."