Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 AT 7:10 PM / Updated at 10:16 PM
Nebraska-UCLA: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust identifies five things we learned — and five things we still don’t know — coming off Nebraska’s 41-21 loss to the Bruins.

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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

1. As much as Nebraska fans might have hoped otherwise, the decisions to go with so much youth will come with growing pains for the Husker defense.

2. Those seven AP voters who didn’t have NU in their Top 25s last week look a little smarter now.

3. You probably shouldn’t run the football on a fake punt with a 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive tackle.

4. Nebraska doesn’t have everything figured out just yet with its special teams, which had been pretty good the previous two weeks.

5. The Huskers have probably seen enough of UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who has passed for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in two meetings.

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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW

1. Who steps up and makes plays consistently for this Nebraska defense, which needed a boost in the second half Saturday?

2. Where does NU quarterback Taylor Martinez’s running threat figure into the Huskers’ offensive plans right now?

3. Was this Nebraska offense overrated going into the season or does it just need to iron out some kinks and find a rhythm?

4. How does Nebraska go about regaining some respect before November with two byes and no marquee games over the next six Saturdays?

5. What will the temperature be like across the state as Husker fans digest the worst nonconference home loss since 1961?

About Rich Kaipust

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 rich.kaipust@owh.com