A look at Notre Dame, Navy

Tyrone Willingham absorbs losses like a sponge but recognizes when the Irish have been beaten by a better team.

Originally Published: October 5, 2004
By Adam Rittenberg | Special To ESPN.com
Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham wore an uncharacteristic look as he addressed the media following last Saturday's 41-16 loss to then-No. 15 Purdue.

The Purdue game allowed Notre Dame to gauge its position this season, and the results weren't all bad.

As for Willingham, he absorbs losses like a sponge but recognizes when the Fighting Irish have been beaten by a better team.