Nebraska was embarrassed in the Big Ten Championship Game, losing to Wisconsin, 70-31. At halftime, Wisconsin led 42-10. At the end of the third quarter, the Cornhuskers were down 63-17 and had no shot at coming back.
Running back Ameer Abdullah lamented the lost opportunity.
"It hurt," he said. "We worked so hard, with all the comeback victories, but you have to have short-term memory. The season isn't over. We can't drag that same attitude into the bowl game. We have to get our spirits back up and practice hard."
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez said he and his team have to "treat this like the Rose Bowl game that we should have gone to, and I'm frustrated about that."
The Cornhuskers have had a balanced attack this season, starting with Martinez and Abdullah. Martinez completed 62 percent of his passes this season for 2,667 yards. He threw 21 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Martinez was also the team's second-leading rusher. He ran for 973 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In 13 games this season, Abdullah rushed for 1,089 yards and eight touchdowns on 219 carries.
The Capital One Bowl will take place Jan. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m.