Published Saturday, September 22, 2012 AT 9:56 PM / Updated at 10:40 PM
Nebraska-Idaho State: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust takes a look at five things we learned about Nebraska during Saturday’s games and five things we still don’t know.

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1. No surprise, but I-back Rex Burkhead was able to jump right back into the offense and seemingly hit his stride right away.

2. Ameer Abdullah still offers the same explosiveness in the return game that he gave the Huskers a year ago.

3. The Husker defense has the ability to create some turnovers, forcing three in the first half after coming up with only four in the first three games.

4. If Nebraska is going to play Football Championship Subdivision teams, it’s probably better to find some higher on the food chain.

5. Nebraska is set on going into Big Ten play with a seven-man rotation on the offensive line and only one substitute, Andrew Rodriguez, who really plays a significant amount.

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1. What does Nebraska squeeze out of this game as far as getting the work and preparation it needed for Wisconsin next weekend?

2. Can Eric Martin continue to give the Nebraska defense some of the spark that he’s created the past two weeks?

3. Is Ron Kellogg III ready for duty when it matters if something happens to NU starting quarterback Taylor Martinez?

4. Is Nebraska ready to play its three-linebacker, base defense now that the Huskers will finally see some offenses with fullbacks and tight ends?

5. Where does Nebraska fit in the Legends Division race now that everyone except Northwestern has absorbed nonconference bruises?

About Rich Kaipust

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at


  1. LSUHusker says:

    Rich – you forgot about Minnesota. 4-0 with the defeat of Syracuse.

  2. j gady says:

    Don’t understand why NU will go away fom 3-4 defense. The biggest problem Big 10 teams have had is playing speed defenses(SEC type speed) so why go with 4-3 when this seems to be working much better,keeping a young QB like Wisc.’s not knowing where the pass rush is coming from would help us shut them down.

  3. Waskel Wabbit says:

    Three things we learned:

    1) Idaho St. wil do ANYTHING for $600K

    2) Bo’s Huskers can demolish an overwhelmingly inept and vastly inferior team

    3) Andrew Green still sucks!

    1. Rotting The Soul of Husker Nation says:

      A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the galleys, heard in the very hall of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor—he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and wears their face and their garment, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation—he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city—he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.

      -Marcus Tullius Cicero

      1. Waskel Wabbit says:

        Wow! I’m impressed! Do you like gladiator movies?

        1. Rotting The Soul of Husker Nation says:

          You a big fan of Hanoi Jane Fonda movies?

  4. Perspective Husker says:

    Wabbit, You are correct in that “Bo’s Huskers” demolished a really bad team. I ask you this though… What was he supposed to do? He did not schedule ISU but he had a job to do and that was to win. I believe that the towel boy and his assistant were in in by the third quarter. All this negative crap that you and your group post do NOTHING to help the Huskers. And to post that a 20 year old sucks? Classy.

    1. Waskel Wabbit says:

      Bo was supposed to do exactly what he did. The team did exactly what they were supposed to do. Neither the coach or players can choose who they will play. By the way, my group is larger than yours…among other things too! I don’t make posts to help the Huskers. Only TO can help the Huskers by FIRING BO.

      1. Rotting The Soul of Husker Nation says:

        Tom Osborne was the AD who hired Bo Pelini. Bo Pelini was Osborne’s guy over Turner Gill. Good luck getting Osborne to fire his guy Pelini with 9 win + seasons traitor. Keep up the great work rotting the soul of Husker Nation feckless HINO.

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  5. tbear says:

    how about, Andrew Green should turn his head in coverage so he doesn’t get a pass interference penaltly every game? We are all cheering for him. Any news on Seisey? It looked like his knee buckled