LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL had the ball, down 23-17, third and goal at the Clemson two yard line, and with :30 seconds still on the clock, Cards quarterback Will Gardner spiked the ball. It stopped the clock, but it also made fourth down UofL's only chance to convert a winning touchdown.
"As far as spiking the ball, you know, that's a bad call," UofL head coach Bobby Petrino said on Monday. "Looking back on it, and it's the nature of the business, when you make a call and it doesn't work and you lose the game, it's a bad call, and that's all on me. I take full responsibilty for it, and it's a situation where I did feel like we needed to huddle and get the right play called, but it didn't work out, so therefore it's a bad call."
Instead of taking another shot into the end zone, the Cards huddled briefly on the sideline to set up one final play. When Gardner rolled right, he did not have an open receiver and his final pass was batted down. The end result a 23-17 loss.
"That's something you think about all night long," Petrino added. "Do you line up now and just throw a fade? Do you line up and throw and movement play? One of the issues that we had with that noise and that was how many false starts we had when we didn't huddle, when we were going to the no huddle. You think about everything when you lose, none of it is good, believe me."
The Cards (5-2, 3-2) return to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday when they host North Carolina State (4-3, 0-3). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.