Published Sunday, September 1, 2013 AT 1:04 AM / Updated at 1:04 AM
Nebraska-Wyoming: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald


1. Nebraska obviously didn’t finish as it would have liked, but Ameer Abdullah, Imani Cross and the run game got off to a good start with 375 rushing yards.

2. Just one game, but redshirt freshman Sam Foltz’s booming punts likely eased some concerns about replacing Brett Maher in at least one area.

3. Nebraska overall would do well to regularly repeat what it accomplished on special teams Saturday night, from its kicking to its coverage to some decent returns.

4. Say this for NU: It wasn’t afraid to go with some youth defensively. Four true freshmen got time on the field (Josh Banderas, Kevin Maurice, Nathan Gerry and Maliek Collins), along with several redshirt freshmen.

5. Nebraska didn’t target the tight ends very often in the passing game, which could be a sign of its depth and talent at the wideout spots.


1. Where does Nebraska start with the defensive fixes? Take your pick after Wyoming put up 602 total yards.

2. Who does NU lean on for defensive leadership going forward, considering the Huskers lost eight seniors on that side? No better time to find out.

3. Perhaps hidden a bit, but what was up with the 10 penalties?

4. How good will this Wyoming team turn out to be? Better than its 4-8 record a year ago if it repeats the gutty performance from Saturday night?

5. With UCLA and Brett Hundley coming in two weeks, how much can the Bruins take from the way Wyoming broke down the Huskers with their spread attack?

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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