Published Sunday, October 7, 2012 AT 12:31 AM / Updated at 12:32 AM
Nebraska-Ohio 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 game and five things we still don’t know.

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1. Ohio State is the class of the Big Ten, which loses some meaning since the Buckeyes are ineligible for the conference title game, a bowl appearance and voting in one of the two major polls.

2. Nebraska isn’t immune to some of its penalty problems of the past. The Huskers were called for nine infractions in the first three quarters, including six of their seven in the first half on offense.

3. If the NU defense looked fixed last week, a lot of it might have had to do with going against Wisconsin’s struggling offense.

4. The impact of Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller showed that Nebraska still hasn’t found the answer for good mobile quarterbacks.

5. Urban Meyer didn’t exactly inherit an empty cupboard.


1. How far is NU from winning a big-time road game?

2. How big was that last-minute touchdown before halftime, which gave Ohio State a 35-24 lead at the break?

3. Rex Burkhead is hurting again, and how much will it hurt NU in the second half of the season?

4. What kind of heat would Urban Meyer have taken for running that fake punt from his own 25-yard line in the first quarter had the game turned out differently?

5. The Legends Division remains up for grabs, but can NU avoid enough stumbles in the coming weeks to stay in the hunt?

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