BCS Championship 2013: Irish React to Devastating Loss

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BCS Championship 2013: Irish React to Devastating Loss
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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):

 

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):

 

Nix wasn't done yet (via Thamel):

 

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):

 

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):

 

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):

 

Finally, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels summed up the feeling in the Notre Dame locker room following the game pretty well (h/t Hamilton):

 

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.

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