(Eds: Stands as 1st Ld-Writethru on state line to update with quotes, details. With AP Photos.) By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Nebraska figured there would be bumps in the road in its first season in the Big Ten. Northwestern wasn't supposed to be one of them.
The 19th-ranked Cornhuskers might look back at Saturday's 28-25 loss to the Wildcats as the one that cost them a spot in the first Big Ten championship game.
They controlled their fate after the previous week's win over Michigan State, but now sit a three-way tie with Michigan and Iowa for second place behind the Spartans in the Legends Division.
Nebraska (7-2, 3-2) is about to begin a treacherous final stretch, with back-to-back road games against Penn State and Michigan and a home game against Iowa.
''We're going to try to win out,'' coach Bo Pelini said, ''and see what happens from there.''
Nebraska players admit they saw the Northwestern game as a gimme, and they ended up losing to an unranked opponent at home for the...