Bo Pelini began his post-game news conference Saturday night by apologizing to everyone associated with Nebraska football "for how we coached and how we played."

"It's just not acceptable," he said.

He'll likely get no arguments.

The Nebraska defense's collapse was the most perplexing element. It wasn't like Wisconsin caught the Blackshirts off-guard with new wrinkles, Pelini said.

"We practiced 99 percent of what they showed us today," he said. "For whatever reason, we didn't execute. We didn't make tackles. We didn't make plays. Obviously we didn't coach them well enough."

Pelini said his team came unglued.

"I wish I had an answer," he said.

Nebraska has a big senior class. A veteran quarterback. What happened?

This was a shocking loss.

"Shock doesn't even begin to explain it," Pelini said.

"It was like a leaking boat. One thing after another. You get one problem fixed ... There were some things we corrected, then it would happen again. I've never been part of a game like that as a coach.

"At the end of the day, it falls on me. It falls directly on my shoulders. Because I'm responsible for how those kids play."

Wisconsin burned Nebraska repeatedly with jet sweeps. The Badgers aren't exactly known as a speedy team.

As the game went on, UW started pounding Nebraska with inside runs.

"You have to have 11 guys on the same page doing the right things," Pelini said. "It wasn't much different, to a large extent, than what happened at Ohio State (a 63-38 loss on Oct. 6)."

I thought Nebraska had moved past suffering losses like this.

Bizarre night in Indy.

"It's one me," Pelini said. "Put it on me."