Hard road to redemption for Nebraska

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Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:09 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

ORLANDO, Fla. — In a cavernous basement room of Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, the words of Bo Pelini's confusion, frustration — sorrow even — echoed out the door, into the hallway, right to the mouth of the football stage, where Nebraska's Rose Bowl quest crashed in a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin.

“We failed,” the Husker coach said into a microphone. Most coaches would talk around the word. After six riveting, emotional weeks of wins, Pelini did not. In his black-and-white world, in a moment of great discontent, the teacher couldn't easily conceive of giving his students a passing grade.

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