Five things we learned and five things we still don’t know coming out of Saturday’s Nebraska-Minnesota football game.
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Five things we learned
1. The Huskers’ offseason leadership training has paid off. Comebacks aside, avoiding a letdown Saturday was commendable.
2. When loading up to stop the run, defenses can’t leave Nebraska’s receivers in one-on-one coverage downfield.
3. Oh, and the Huskers have another way to attack opponents through the air: quick screens to the speedsters.
4. Imani Cross should have been the full-time short-yardage back in September. No more leaping for the goal line, though.
5. High-def cameras can’t fully replicate a stadium environment. And Saturday, fans got their money’s worth before kickoff.
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Five things we still don’t know
1. How much better can Taylor Martinez get? He’s building the foundation for a possible Heisman campaign in 2013.
2. Does Nebraska have enough time to improve its still-inconsistent special teams units? Will it matter?
3. How much more pounding can Ameer Abdullah take, especially with a short week ahead?
4. Why didn’t Minnesota run its quarterback a little more Saturday? That’s probably where Nebraska is most vulnerable.
5. What does Iowa have left in the tank? Five straight losses would indicate the season’s spiraling out of control.