Nutt, speaking at his weekly Monday press conference, said the Rebels are moving on because their schedule demands it. The Green Wave, which beat Southeastern Louisiana 27-21 last Thursday night in New Orleans to open its season, awaits at 8 p.m. Saturday.
"It's how we respond. It's your attitude. It's how you get back up," he said.
"We tried to get back up yesterday and had a good practice. We got on with Tulane. We're preparing as we speak. To me, you just can't get back on the practice field quick enough. You want to get back to practice. You want to get back in that routine. It was good yesterday to put everything to bed. Now let's go forward."
Everybody associated with Ole Miss football is hurt – coaches, players, administrators, fans. Nutt knows that, and he's especially aware of how his players feel after a loss that sent shockwaves throughout the college football world.
"There are a lot of hurt feelings, a lot of them, and you expected that," he said. "But I know we can have a good football team. We've just got to get going and get back out on the field."
Here are Nutt's comments from the remainder of Monday's media gathering.
On the lack of offense in the second half, scoring only three points in the third and fourth quarters combined: "The thinking was just to keep doing what we did the first half (with 31 points scored). We had a few blown assignments. We turned the ball over twice which really hurt in the second half. We were making some good gains and we'd stop ourselves. You've got a 21-point lead, not that you're trying to be very conservative. You're just trying to keep doing the things you've been doing. For whatever reason, we had a very, very quiet third quarter (offensively). That's when that momentum turned. They started scoring points and we didn't. I was proud of the way the offense came back in the fourth quarter. It was a very important drive to get that field goal (to go up 34-26).
"That was critical to keep it at an eight-point lead. Then when they tied us up, to be able to go score twice (in overtime) at a critical time, especially fourth and one. We did some good things for a young offensive line and a young group."
On how things were Sunday at practice with the team: "It always starts in here (team meeting room) first. It was very somber, very quiet, very disappointed. That's the way it should be. They went to the field the same way. There was a bitter taste in their mouths. You don't expect something like that (loss) to happen, and when it reaches up and bites you, it's a tough turnaround. As I say, I'm glad we went on the field, glad we got the film watched and put away, put it to bed and now go improve. There's nothing we can do about that one now. The only thing we can do now is learn from it and get better."
On if the players have felt outside influences or negatives since Saturday's loss: "No. The only thing I say is it's inside this family right now that's what's important to me. How are we going to get better? How are we going to respond? You get hit in the stomach like that, and things didn't go the way we wanted them to. How you approach it, from practice, your preparation. It's all about that to me. It's not how are we going to respond to somebody outside. I'm not concerned about that."
On if Tulane now becomes a must-win game for his team: "They are all must-wins to me. We take one game at a time and try our best to have the best plan and best preparation to win each game. The bottom line is we didn't win Saturday and that hurts. Now the next one is the biggest game of the year. Each game will be like that."
On his assessment of Nathan Stanley and Jeremiah Masoli: "I was really proud of both of them. Besides the turnovers. Nathan's one turnover, where we actually tried to swim a defensive end, and we missed a block there and had a busted assignment. He compounded the problem, not taking care of the ball, not putting both hands on it. Hits his foot and bounces their way. Give Jack Crowe and his team credit. They played hard and made plays. That was one of them that gave them a lift. That was the first lift they got. I was proud of Nathan. I thought the first touchdown pass he threw he had to avoid a blitz, did an awesome job getting rid of the ball and found the receiver down the field. Threw a strike to Jesse Grandy and did an excellent job for his first outing. I thought Jeremiah with no practice was very, very good and did some good things. I'm glad we have these two guys, and I'm glad we have Randall Mackey. I think he's making just a smart, smart move to allow us to redshirt him and keep him there.
But we'll take him on every trip. He'll learn about these atmospheres. I feel good about our quarterback situation. I feel better about it after a game. Of course we still have that sick feeling because we lost, but I feel good about what they did."
On the offensive line and the secondary play: "The offensive line I thought did very good. Really didn't have but maybe one sack the entire game. For the most part they were very physical. They opened up some holes for us. There's a lot of brand new guys there. A.J. Hawkins' first time. Alex Washington's first time. Rishaw when you get right down to it hadn't played that much. I was proud of Bobby Massie and Bradley Sowell and Ferbia Allen and Reggie Hicks. They all did a good job. The secondary, I was disappointed in our eyes there toward the end. Fourth and 15, fourth and 11. We've got to make those plays. We practice on it a lot. You've got to be able to defend the ball and knock the ball down and make those plays. They're young and we've just got to keep working."
On Charles Sawyer and Frank Crawford: "Charles did some good things until right at the end. I thought at the end the game started moving pretty fast for him, we were in some pressure situations. He'll get better. That was his first experience with the game on the line. Frank, same thing. Just young, youth. It's about your eyes and where you put them, where you play the ball. Especially toward the end, it's getting tight and somebody has to make a play. We had several opportunities to make plays, big plays that would have won the game. They saw that yesterday. Tremendous but painful learning experience."
On what Kentrell Lockett was able to do Sunday: "I think he's doing much better. He didn't do anything with the team. He just followed (trainer) Tim Mullins' orders and did a little jogging and watching. Today they'll do a little more, put him on the treadmill and monitor his heart rate. It will be Wednesday before hopefully we can get him back out on the field."
On what Jack Crowe said to Nutt after the game: "He's an awesome guy. As happy as he was, he knows how I felt. He always says when you're in it long enough, it's going to happen. But I didn't want it to happen to us."
On if he will continue to play two quarterbacks: "We don't know yet. I feel good knowing that I have confidence in putting both of them out there. I didn't know that much about Nathan. I didn't know that much about Jeremiah except on film. We knew Jeremiah has the experience, and it was just good to see Nathan out there making good decisions, besides the one ball he let get away. He really did a good job all day long. I don't know as far as two quarterbacks right now."
On Enrique Davis and Brandon Bolden: "I thought they really ran hard. Lot of attitude, authority, leg drive, they just a lot of time refused to go down. A lot of time we didn't block it very well and they made something out of nothing. Lot of times we did block it well and they hit the hole. Pads over their toes, running hard, ball security. I was really excited about them and how well they played."
On Tulane: Been watching them all day. They're a team that's gained a lot of confidence from last year to this year. It always helps to win that first one. I'm sure they have a lot more confidence after seeing our score. That's what we told our team as well. They have a defense that runs good. Their defensive line is very aggressive. They twist and stunt. They've got some linebackers and one of them was player of the week. They're very active, athletic. Offensively they have a quarterback with a good head on his shoulders. They've got receivers and backs that play hard. They just look good. I look at it as everybody is good right now, and I know our staff does as well. If you don't start off the right way, then you go away from home and you've got to be even more focused, more prepared, and ready to go."