Published Saturday, November 17, 2012 AT 10:46 PM / Updated at 11:09 PM
Nebraska-Minnesota: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

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.

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.