Published Saturday, November 3, 2012 AT 11:38 PM / Updated at 3:51 AM
Nebraska-Michigan State: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

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

* * *

1. Whatever mental blocks kept Nebraska from bouncing back after in-game adversity last year have been removed.
2. Taylor Martinez has flaws. Nebraska’s players and coaches don’t care. They trust their quarterback, no matter the situation.
3. The mental and physical toughness of Martinez is underrated. This guy is a gamer.
4. Defenders might as well be standing in front of a semi-truck when Le’Veon Bell gets going downhill at full speed.
5. Jamal Turner has grown up. He set aside frustration Saturday and came through when the team needed him most.

* * *

1. Can Martinez stay aggressive as a decision-maker without committing the key turnovers?
2. What do Braylon Heard and Imani Cross have to do to get on the field? Or is Ameer Abdullah just that good?
3. Are the big plays by a previously punchless MSU offense simply flukes or indications of future issues for NU’s defense?
4. If officials can have that much influence on a game’s outcome, shouldn’t the public be granted more insight into their perspective?
5. Can Nebraska reset emotionally and avoid a letdown at home the next two weeks?

About Big Red Today

The World-Herald sports desk. Contact the sports desk at 402-444-1201 or