World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust identifies five things we learned, and five things we still don’t know coming out of Nebraska’s 45-31 loss to Wisconsin.
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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Nebraska is suddenly in somewhat of a bowl rut, with three straight losses and all by 12 points or more.
2. The turnover problems followed NU all the way to the end of the line, with three more giving the Huskers 35 for the season.
3. I-back Rex Burkhead wasn’t about to go quietly in his last game as a Husker, giving NU a hard-working effort that resulted in 140 rushing yards and touchdowns both running and receiving.
4. The Husker defense needs serious repair after allowing 115 points and 1,229 total yards in its two postseason games.
5. Georgia might not have been unbeatable, but the Bulldogs have the kind of talent and weapons that can make opponents pay if you give them an opening.
FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW
1. Is Nebraska any closer to getting over this hump now that it has lost at least four games in nine consecutive seasons?
2. What is with the Huskers’ issues with special teams in general and lack of return punch specifically?
3. What did officials see on the third-quarter play where Ameer Abdullah was sure he didn’t fumble and NU teammates thought offensive lineman Jake Cotton recovered — and why was the play not reviewed?
4. Who has a bigger job ahead of them than NU assistant Rick Kaczenski with a defensive line that was already thin and hurting and now loses four of its regulars?
5. What might the highs and lows be like next season when Nebraska has to commit to some underclassmen and unproven players everywhere on defense but at cornerback?