Here's Tyrone Willingham's week-opening nod back to the Oregon State game and ahead to Notre Dame:
"The best thing I can say – and I think those sentiments will be echoed by our players – (there were) not enough of the good things that we liked from the ball game, but I think we saw the opportunity to play better than we did. And what we've got to do is cut down on our mistakes and put ourselves in position to win a football game. And if we can do that, this week we have another quality football team coming to town and we've got to play physical, we've got to get after it, and we've got to put ourselves in a position to eliminate the mistakes so we can put ourselves in a position at the end of the game to win."
An early scouting report on the Irish:
NOTRE DAME (4-2)
5 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2, at Husky Stadium.
Coach: Charlie Weis, 26-17 in his fourth season.
Last week: The Irish were off. The week before, Notre Dame gave up an 11-point lead in a 29-24 loss at North Carolina, which was then ranked No. 22. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen threw for 383 yards and two touchdowns. Halfback Armando Allen carried 11 times for 60 yards.
Against the Huskies: Notre Dame leads the series, 6-0. The teams first met in 1948. The most recent meeting came in 2005, a 36-17 Irish win at Husky Stadium.
Washington connections: Most notably, UW coach Tyrone Willingham's previous job was at Notre Dame, where he went 21-15 (583) over three seasons before being dismissed. Offensive line coach Mike Denbrock also coached under Willingham there. Notre Dame has two players from Washington high schools: freshman OL Carl Brophy (Spokane/Gonzaga Prep) and senior WR Kris Patterson (Seattle/O'Dea).
Scouting report: The Irish average 25.5 points per game and allow 22.7. Clausen is an exceptionally strong-armed quarterback, and the Notre Dame offense is heavily titled toward the pass, averaging 272 yards per game through the air (17th nationally) and 101 yards on the ground (108th). Similarly, their defense is better against the pass (28th) than the run (60th). Notre Dame's special teams are strong in punting, average on returns, and weak on field goals. The Irish have played nine true freshmen this season, and 18 of their 21 touchdowns this season have been scored by underclassmen. Notre Dame sometimes lines up with only the quarterback in the backfield. Willingham said the Huskies might respond with increased nickel packages on defense.
Did you know: Notre Dame football has produced 11 national championship teams, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 79 consensus All-Americans, and 42 College Football Hall of Famers.