Irish close BCS gap, look to 2013

Updated: January 8, 2013, 4:40 AM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Notre Dame senior running back Theo Riddick sat at his locker, head down.

The tears continued to roll down his cheeks. Occasionally he would wipe some away with a towel. However, Riddick could not erase the memories, or the hurt, from Monday's 42-14 loss to Alabama in the Discover BCS National Championship.

"All I can say," Riddick said, with his eyes staring at the ground, "is we have a great future in front of us."

The future does look much better ...

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