Petrino erred, yes. But he didn’t err egregiously

“Do I call timeout now?How about now?”( AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

"Do I call timeout now?How about now?"( AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

“Do I call timeout now? How about now?”( AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

These short takes are presented as a companion to the Auburn-Louisville game column, which can be found here. Auburn won 31-24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic.

1. Mea culpa. I didn’t know the rule. I’m guessing you didn’t, either. I tweeted that Louisville coach Bobby Petrino made a “terrible mistake” by calling his last timeout with 52 seconds and the clock stopped. Reaction on Twitter and even the CBS broadcast was similarly incredulous. But I was going by the NFL rule, which is different. (Ask the Falcons. Their whole Wembley undoing was a function of James Stone holding Ndamukong Suh and the clock stopping until the next snap.) In college, the clock restarts after a penalty. Bobby Petrino said he asked the refs and was told it would restart, which he also said forced him to call time at 0:52.

2. Though that wasn’t quite true. He didn’t have to call time at 0:52. Clay Travis of Fox Sports explains it well in this video. The clock would have restarted at 0:52, but Auburn couldn’t have run off 40 seconds off the clock. Owing to the penalty and the resulting stoppage, the Tigers would have gotten a 25-second play clock. Assuming Auburn ran the ball on third-and-12, Petrino could have used his final timeout at roughly 0:20, which would have forced the Tigers to punt. As it happened, Auburn’s fourth-down snap came at 0:03, when quarterback Jeremy Johnson rolled out and threw the ball far downfield. (Though not, weirdly enough, out of bounds. What if it had been intercepted?) As much fun as it is, especially for us Atlantans, to lambaste Petrino, I would — after further review — describe this as a mild error, not the grievous one it seemed.

3. Auburn was far from awesome. The nation’s No. 6 team was outgained 405 yards to 327. That first number was, by recent Auburn standards, more than acceptable. Will Muschamp’s defense didn’t yield a point until the Tigers led 24-0, and former Georgia safety Tray Matthews’ interception on the game’s first snap and Justin Garrett’s 82-yard fumble return put Louisville in a hole from which it couldn’t escape. But Gus Malzahn’s offense, the cornerstone of this program, wasn’t even ordinary. Johnson completed 11 of 21 passes for 137 yards and threw three interceptions. (Two by Josh Harvey-Clemons, once a Georgia safety himself.) Auburn rushed for 190 yards, which isn’t AU-like. (It averaged 255.5 yards per game last season.) If you picked the Tigers to win the SEC West — and I did — you aren’t a-brim with confidence after this.

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DrPhill
DrPhill

Johnson has been over hyped by ESPN and others as the next Cam Newton. He will undoubtedly improve, but he is no Cam Newton.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@DrPhill Aren't most players in the SEC over hyped by ESPN?  

Mo'sMule
Mo'sMule

is bobby dating any new hot young interns at louisville??? the man loves to party with the best!!

Jmonty
Jmonty

@SlackTown He learned his lesson...go for the intern's sister...  

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

So Mark, what you are saying, is that Petrino Mora less screwed up, but not too bad. Correct?

rationally
rationally

In an attempt to run the clock out, couldn't offenses intentionally draw penalties running the clock out?

RxDawg
RxDawg

Mark, you guys need to get the "Dawgnation" page to post links to your articles. Some of us UGA fans are missing out on your writings.

Auburn was overrated.   I kind of figured they were.   Guess we will find out pretty soon when they go to LSU.   Their D line looks pretty good though.  I'll give em that.

Best comment of the night "Well at least the UGA recruits are playing well" Gary Danielson during the game haha.

Mulk
Mulk

@RxDawg So, Rx, if Auburn beats LSU that means they are world beaters? What if LSU is overrated as well?

Mo'sMule
Mo'sMule

AU was flat in this game with first game jitters---no big deal---they'll pick it up big in game 2---AU will roll through the SEC wast and play alabama for the west title!

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Two offensive genius are used loosely here, Gus is all about window dressing, he has been very bless to have  two QBs with strong arms and running ability fall into his lap......CMR has proven at least to be on these guys level, and my personal opinion they are not on his level......everything is about perception, when they lose or call bone headed plays all is ignored  and making of excuses ,oh but let this be CMR!

MichaelGrammer
MichaelGrammer

AUBURN IS OVERRATED THEY WILL

LOSE AT LEAST 5 GAMES

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

The Petrino's of the world can only exist because collusion between the money changers is impossible.

0.0552221620885
0.0552221620885

Couldn't give less of a rat's a*s when bad things happen to Mr. "Sneak out the Falcon's side door like the coward he is and then rob the cradle to cheat on his wife" Petrino. Deserves all the ill that befalls him.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Auburn is waay overrated.  How in the world does a team that goes 8-5 and loses 4 of its 5 final games (the lone win against Samford) magically assume a top 10 ranking the following year?  A mediocre Georgia team embarrassed them and they lost to Wisconsin in their bowl?

Amazing what having lots of fans to buy T-shirts and merchandise will do for you.

Jmonty
Jmonty

@Birmingham__Jacket They are in the SEC... Enough said.   Just like the rest of the overrated teams that were ranked.  Arkansas?  UGA was too high..  But, it will all come out in the wash.  Why does ESPN do a whole segment on the SEC dominating in week one?  Half of the SEC played cream puffs...  Yet..  SEC pushing here we come!  Why??  Money...  ESPN is on the hook for millions of dollars..  They are going to push their investment.  If Fox had any say, the Big 12 would be loaded with teams in the top 25, I'm sure.  

R Tooty
R Tooty

AU was lucky to win.  They can take the win, I would, but don't go around bragging quite yet. 

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

I was not impressed with the anointed SEC Player of the Year (I forget whose projection on Johnson that was.)  Maybe some focused coaching can help with seeing the coverage and not making those bad decisions.

OH:IO
OH:IO

This is what the ajc has become.


Even for a Schultz column on dog local interest


Hope Chip is happy.




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JSSN
JSSN

@OH:IO

The death of College football trolls on the The AJC Blogs is a beautiful thing!

OH:IO
OH:IO

@JSSN


Didn't pay then, won't pay now. 

Peachs
Peachs

Ohio State lost to Va. Tech this time last year.  You go out and try to show as little on film as possible so you can win your conference games which are much more important.  Keep thinking Auburn is weak, smart coaches love that image. This was a very sloppy game.  

CT_Jacket
CT_Jacket

I don't think you bother trying to play rope-a-dope with future opponents when you're trying to win a national championship. The AU offense did not look good and their QB cannot pass against a good defense.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Petrino and Beaver Cleaver in a cap.....


ugh