''Last year you lost to Navy and you lost the rest. That means this football team fell apart,'' coach Brian Kelly said when asked about addressing his players' psyche after its third loss to Navy in four years.
''We're not going to let this team come apart. I just talked to them from my heart -- here's what I see. Here's what happened. Here's what's going to ave to happen as we move forward.''
''We know what happened last year. We know the kind of effects that this game had on us lat year,'' said Te'o, who led Notre Dame with 13 tackles and had one of the Irish's two tackles-for-loss. ''We don't want that to happen again. The way you do that is refocus in the weight room and on the practice field, in the meetings and just focus on getting better as a football team.''