Published Sunday, September 30, 2012 AT 12:40 AM / Updated at 7:19 AM
Nebraska-Wisconsin: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa 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. In the face of adversity, the Huskers can stand tall. Their resiliency Saturday night was commendable.

2. As lethal as Nebraska’s offense has proven to be, the costly turnovers and penalties still surface too frequently.

3. The hard work is paying off for Will Compton. The leader of NU’s defense keeps getting better.

4. When fully committed to doing so, the Huskers can stop the run. They held Wisconsin to just 1.4 yards per carry.

5. Night games at Memorial Stadium are fun to experience, especially when Nebraska has all the momentum.


1. Another slow start in a primetime showdown at home. Can NU figure out how to handle hype and distraction?

2. Is there anyone in the Big Ten who runs better routes, has better hands or battles for the football better than Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis?

3. Should Nebraska find ways to get the football to Jamal Turner? NU has lots of weapons, but his explosiveness would appear to be unmatched.

4. Baker Steinkuhler set up camp in Wisconsin’s backfield Saturday night. Can he repeat that performance week after week?

5. After an emotional win, are the Huskers capable of refocusing quickly enough to properly prepare for OhioState?



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. Jeremy says:

    It was a feel good ending, but the feel terrible beginning is what has me concerned. If we make those kind of mistakes against Ohio State, we won’t be coming back to win the game. I don’t know what gypsy curse has made this team incapable of playing 4 quarters of sound football in any of its big games, but I sure wish somebody could find the anti-curse.

    1. mac says:

      Agree with Jeremy. The reality is that Wisconsin had barely won its earlier games againt Idaho St type competition, so the fact that we pulled out a squeaker against a so so team may be cause for pause. Turnovers and penalties are part of the game, which is another interesting subject, since we committed costly ones and they didnt. The competition rises the next three weeks so while this was a nice win that we had to have, that’s about all it was.

    2. bobcat45 says:

      Can’t come back against Ohio State??? Tough place to play but seem to remember a recent comeback plus Ohio State has been unimpressive so far this year. Agree not likely to win with as many mistakes as Huskers made yesterday night. Otherwise, 2-0.

  2. HuskerNATL says:

    Here’s a SIXTH thing we learned: Nebraska should STOP OVER HYPING GAMES! Remember Red Out Around the World vs. Texas? Remember the Big 12 season and title game against OU that was supposed to effectively slam the door on the conference on the way out? Remember the Wisconsin game last season where we were supposed to kick the door of the Big 10 down announcing we’d arrived? And now this game, hyped up as the revenge game from last year’s beat down. Just shutup and play. Good win, however for the Big Red. Maybe there’s something afterall to the coachspeak that says: “Take one game at a time.” GBR!!!

    1. HuskerNATL says:

      No game should be much bigger than another.

  3. Brubaker says:

    Just two thoughts: First, that game was way too close for comfort, and way too hard on my blood pressure. Second, whoever is responsible for those butt ugly uniforms ought to face a firing squad at dawn.

    1. Dude says:

      Those wisconsin uniforms were ugly, the Husker uniforms(even though I like the traditional uniform) were awesome under the lights…..

  4. Lance says:

    WI came to play- no question they wanted it bad. Still, you never saw any heads hanging on the NE sideline and in the end they prevailed. Go Big Red! And please,, just the red and white. NE has always been about tradition.

  5. mac says:

    Here’s a vote FOR the uniforms. The helmets were different-cool and i liked the big N on the jerseys. The Wisconsin gear not so much. For the young men who are into “Oregon uniform hype” the change of appearance had a cool factor.

    1. Dude says:

      Finally, someone that isn’t a relic. These people that make these comments are either the old dog that can learn new tricks, or they are the young people listening do there daddy complaining about the uniforms. Once or twice a year get used to it. Especially with a new AD coming in, get used to it…times have changed, don’t get left behind. HUSKER UNIFORMS WERE GREAT! Next year lets wear all black!

      1. Bryan says:

        Overall I really like the Huskers “traditional” Uniforms, but I also really liked the Black helmet and I would have preferred a Black Jersey, but it was pretty cool overall. Yeah, and once, maybe twice a year in a “Big” game is not that bad, as long as we don’t go all Oregon every week. There is most definitely something special about the Red and White taking the field on Saturdays though…. GO BIG RED!!!

      2. A Fan says:

        Fine with alt uniforms. Can’t help it if you have no taste. The uniforms we wore last Saturday were a clown suit. Adidas can’t do better than that?

  6. malcolmkass says:

    Will Compton drives me crazy though. He is good enough to be in position, but even his QB sack, he still doesn’t wrap up and just tries to hit. It works against a freshman QB, but Miller will just bounce off of that and run right by Compton.

  7. True Husker Fan says:

    Excellent insights Jon.

    Will try to refrain from unrelated Husker critiques, but both of your No. 4 points pertain to line play …

    Despite the press and fans’ focus on “skill” position play, success Saturday was (as usual) founded on solid and spirited play on both sides of the Nebraska line. What’s confounding is the fact that over several years this has been an exception, and not a rule. Perhaps some bench time for complacent starters and so much recent bad press have finally awoken our big men (and their coaches).

    Sincerely hoping the trend continues into Big Ten play, as we’ll be toast without it.

  8. SWIHusker says:

    The uniforms were OK, but I sure had a hard time reading black numbers on a red jersey from row 98 in the end zone.

  9. A Fan says:

    Agree with Barfnecht’s comments on another post. This team continues to have these kind of games. Coming back against a team as challenged as Wisconsin (what was prediction for the game by just about everyone?) is getting old. At least we can play 60 minutes of football against cream puffs.