Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino; his team is 4-1 and ranked No. 7 in AP

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino. The Cardinals are 4-1 and will play host to Duke on Friday night at 7 o'clock in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Here are 5 takeaways from the weekly news conference for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino.

The Cardinals are 4-1 and will play host to Duke on Friday night at 7 o'clock in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

1. Off week at a good time: Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said his team's open week came at a "really good time" for his team, following a tough five-game stretch to start the season.

The Cardinals lost to Clemson but had a week off and will now play host to Duke on Friday night.

"Overall, I feel really good about the way they handled the bye week," Petrino said of his team. "It was a good time for us to get some guys back. If you are going to have a bye week, it fit in pretty good with our schedule.

"We had a very intense five weeks and two real big games. It's good to take a little breather and get a little rest."

2. Team blew an opportunity: Petrino was very open and frank about his team's 42-36 loss at Clemson where he said he felt like the Cardinals "blew an opportunity."

"Offensive, we didn't start out well early," he said. "We lost poise a little bit and got caught up in the pregame hype."

But Petrino said he was elated how the team rebounded in the second half and rallied before the 77-yard kickoff:

"The kickoff return killed us," he said. "That gave them enough time to come back.

"But still I did feel like we'd take the ball, go score and win the game. But we didn't do it."

3. Not a fan of the spot of down marker: Petrino was asked about the final offensive play of the Clemson game when James Quick came up a yard short on fourth down. He said he has talked with Quick about the play and then was asked about the down marker.

"No, I didn't like it," Petrino said of the marker that was a few feet farther off the field than normal.

"I don't think it should be marked one place when they have the ball and one place when we have the ball," he said.

4. Duke is a solid team: Duke has a 3-3 record but Petrino pointed to a couple of big wins and some young players who have played in key role for the Blue Devils. Duke comes in with a 3-3 record.

"We're going to have to do a good job and come out and play our game," Petrino said. "We have to do what we have been doing in the first five and just play our game.

"Duke is a good football team. They play good defense, they're very disciplined and run to the football. . . .On offense they have a young quarterback, big wide recievers and an offensive line that does a good job."

5. Petrino checks out some football: On an off Saturday afternoon, Petrino said he did some work but was also happy he had a chance to get to watch some football, including Idaho where his brother - Paul - is the head coach.

"I watched a little bit," he said. "I came up here and worked out and then watched all of our practice last week and then I went home and relaxed and watched one full game. I flipped the channel back and forth a bit (N.C. State-Notre Dame and Duke-Army).

"But then I watched a full game of Idaho. They got a big win it was good to see my little brother's team win."


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