When you lose the BCS Championship Game by 28 points, there's not much you can do other than tip your cap and give your opponent all the credit, which is what Notre Dame and its players did—for the most part.
There were several reactions from coaches, players and the Fighting Irish brass following Notre Dame's 42-14 defeat at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was pretty upfront with his statement when talking about the opposing school (h/t Pete Thamel of SI):
ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick: "They’re not just better than us, they’re better than everyone."— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 8, 2013
Defensive tackle Louis Nix III seemed to have a different outlook on Bama, nearly going as far as refusing to admit defeat (via Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports):
"No, they did not dominate. Go back, look at the film." -- Louis Nix III— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 8, 2013
Nix wasn't done yet (via Thamel):
One last Nix quote. When I told him that Alabama controlled the line of scrimmage, he said, "Define control." Bama averaged 5.9 ypc.— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 8, 2013
There was more comedy from Nix. We're unaware if he was delirious or intentionally comedic, although he did perform better than most on the Notre Dame defense (via Thamel):
Nix pointed the problem on missed tackles. Why? "I can't explain it. Can you tell me why we're on earth? Can you tell me, what is gravity?"— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 8, 2013
Of course, Nix was an exception when it came to the class and dignity Notre Dame handled the difficult defeat with. Linebacker Manti Te'o didn't want to get into how his performance in the title game may have caused his draft stock to drop (h/t Thamel):
Te'o was classy to the end. Praised his his team and program's direction. "As far as draft stock, I'll leave that up to the experts."— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 8, 2013
Speaking of draft stock, there was more NFL draft discussion with running back Theo Riddick, who says he has his mind made up regarding his decision to declare or remain at Notre Dame (via Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune):
#NotreDame RB Cierre Wood on NFL: "I have in my mind what I want to do." Doesn't have a timetable to announce: "Sometime, I guess."— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) January 8, 2013
Finally, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels summed up the feeling in the Notre Dame locker room following the game pretty well (h/t Hamilton):
#NotreDame WR DaVaris Daniels: "To have the seniors go out like this is heartbreaking."— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) January 8, 2013
Overall, the vibe given off from Notre Dame was about what you would expect, as the players said they gave it their all and obviously expected the game to go in a different direction. It was a tough game for the Fighting Irish and for everyone who was looking forward to a competitive BCS National Championship.