Published Saturday, September 15, 2012 AT 4:53 PM / Updated at 4:55 PM
Nebraska-Arkansas State: Five Things we learned, still don’t know
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Five things we learned

1. No need to feed the football to Rex Burkhead 30 times a game ever again. His backup is really talented.

2. Forget balance. This offense is best-suited to run the football. The ground game sets the tone.

3. They’re really, really, really serious about finding “indisputable” evidence on video reviews, huh?

4. The Huskers do have one defensive lineman who can consistently put pressure on the passer when asked: Eric Martin.

5. Brett Maher’s found a groove again at punter. Two bombs of 57 and 58 yards? It was only a matter of time.

Five things we still don’t know

1. Do the Blackshirts have their swagger back? Sometimes confidence can take you a long way.

2. What kind of impact (if any) can freshman running back Imani Cross have against Big Ten opponents?

3. When Nebraska starts facing the Big Ten’s run-oriented offenses, does nickel back Ciante Evans still have a role?

4. Can the kind of on-field relationship that Taylor Martinez has with receiver Kenny Bell be duplicated? Great chemistry between those two.

5. Are we sure you can’t build a game plan around the diamond formation? Four running threats in the backfield seems indefensible.

About Jon Nyatawa

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: He welcomes feedback.


  1. Nstyn8 says:

    I am curious to know the AVG. 1st down yards for Ark St. From what I saw they were consistently getting good yardage on first down…..If so it could mean a lot of trouble when conference play starts.

  2. joey says:

    indefensible??? Really??? I just seen TM turning the ball over because of an OL that can’t even push around a cup cake team…lol. Yea NU will look like Rose Bowl material next week as well. Let’s see if your opinion changes after our 1st division game. NU completely struggled again after halftime…again. This time to a cup cake team. I’m a little floored at how good UL Monroe looked. 2nd week in a row and took it to OT against a SEC team. Last week popping off 10th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. He has my vote for HC at NU. Unfortunately, NU is stuck with Barney and John P….oh goody. At least I’ll give John P credit for being a defensive motivator. He did give the defense motivation. What happen to the crowd??? It sounded like a golf game in the 2nd half. Talk about a quiet crowd!!! Sounded as quiet as being in a dentist office. Hope you’re ok Bo, my prayers goes to you and your family.

    1. John says:

      Seriously? Both those hits came from an unblocked LB. Not from a LB that wasn’t overpowered. And the second one might not happen is Heard doesn’t accidentally knock the ball out.

    2. Nstyn8 says:

      Pretty sure bobby petrino is available too….

    3. Colorado Springer says:

      We’ll try this again, my first comment being censored. I thought it was a decent game. Lets try to enjoy a decent game.

    4. steve says:

      Joey = Mr Positive. So glad your a husker fan!

  3. jerry veatch says:

    If Amani Cross ever becomes a featured back, you guys should nickname him “old rugged”.

  4. A Fan says:

    Good win. We should beat Idaho State easily. So… 3 – 1 going into conference play. My bet is we beat Wisconsin and Northwestern. And lose to Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. The rest of the games we should win. 8 – 4.

  5. hskrfanzsc says:

    Nice to see some young, fast talent in the D. Loved watching Seisay and Anderson add some zip to the Blackshirts. They have NO idea what they’re doing yet….but neither did a kid named David 2 years ago. I also noticed we started the game in Q1 with a ‘zone’ in the secondary…and it worked wonders as we alternated throughout the game with man/man. Pelini worked wonders with this in 2003 as DC…of course we had the Bullocks and Demmorio Williams, but a little more zone can get us a few more turnovers. Now just modify that stupid two gap on the front four and let ‘em get aggressive. Also…turn wild man Eric Martin loose and it’s a chance to really get this D to be consistent. So young speedy players…junk the 2 gap…and more zone in the secondary and I think we’ll start to see the old gang tackling aggressive Blackshirts.

    1. Mary says:

      Seriously? We will beat Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State is a maybe, depends on how well we can contain Braxton Miller, this should be a good season for Nebraska.

      1. A Fan says:

        Ohio State and Michigan State are losses because we don’t play well against solid competition on the road… as a rule. Michigan has a mobile QB. As bad as Wisconsin looks, I still think they’re going to give us trouble.

        8 – 4.

      2. joey says:

        Mary? If we struggle to even score against Ark St in the 2nd half to a Sun Belt team. How ugly do you think it will get playing in the BIG??? I’m not trying to be rude in any way. But NU beating Wisc?? I think you are not looking at the Huskers realistically. If you are HOPING to beat Wisc? Now that sounds reasonable. But to say NU will beat Wisc, when they can’t even score on a cup cake team like Ark St. Then I think you aren’t being realistic by saying something as funny as that.

  6. Kevin says:

    Blame it on the Myans!

  7. jojo says:

    Why has Eric Martin never started? He has been making big plays for four years!

  8. Jim Semotan says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more concerning the diamond formation. I don’t understand why it isn’t our base offensive formation, it is so,dynamic!