Published Saturday, September 21, 2013 AT 8:42 PM / Updated at 10:53 PM
Nebraska-SDSU: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

World-Herald staff writer Jon Nyatawa identifies five things we learned — and five things we still don’t know — coming off Nebraska’s 59-20 win over the Jackrabbits.

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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

1. Ameer Abdullah can’t get the football enough. He had 185 rushing and receiving yards on 18 touches Saturday.

2. Nebraska’s offense is much more dangerous when it’s taking advantage of openings downfield in the passing game.

3. There are lots of position battles still to be fought on defense. Specifically, at free safety and at all the linebacker spots.

4. A return to the fundamentals during this bye week will help a young defense that’s struggled at times with confidence.

5. The statistics didn’t lie. South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner is the real deal.

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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW

1. How much of the success by Nebraska’s backup quarterbacks was a result of a talent gap between NU and South Dakota State’s defense?

2. What’s the status of Taylor Martinez? Will he be back to full strength for Illinois?

3. With seven fumbles (three lost) in the last two games for the Huskers, is it reasonable to think they will actually improve their ball security?

4. When spread offenses run up the middle, can the Huskers’ defense find a better way to adjust?

5. How much will the increased scrutiny and attention wear on this program? Last week was tough to endure.

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: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.