Published Sunday, October 28, 2012 AT 12:53 AM / Updated at 12:54 AM
Nebraska-Michigan: Five things we learned, don’t know
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Five things we learned and five things we still don’t know coming out of Saturday’s Nebraska-Michigan football game.

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Five things we learned

1. You take whatever you can get, pretty or not, when you reach late October in the Big Ten.

2. Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah seems to get a little better every week, which is helping to cushion the blow of Rex Burkhead fighting a season-long knee problem.

3. Kenny Bell continues to pull big plays out of his bag of tricks, this time hauling in a 32-yard TD pass that allowed Nebraska to strike first.

4. Brett Maher was back to his old, dependable self when Nebraska needed points in a hard-fought game.

5. The penalty bug is still waiting to bite NU at any moment after it was flagged eight times for 104 yards in markoffs.

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Five things we don’t know

1. Now that Nebraska has put itself in the driver’s seat for a Legends Division title, can it finish the race and get to Indianapolis?

2. The NU defense was playing well at the time it happened, but how might the game have gone differently had Michigan not lost starting quarterback Denard Robinson?

3. Can the Husker defense create turnovers as it did against the Wolverines again next weekend at Michigan State?

4. Now that we’ve gotten a taste of what linebacker David Santos can do, what’s to come in the weeks ahead for the redshirt freshman?

5. Is a team that hasn’t always handled prosperity well in the past ready to do it this week after beating the No. 20-ranked team?

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