World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust identifies five things we learned (and five things we still don’t know) coming off Nebraska’s 44-7 win over the Boilermakers.
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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. It is probably to be expected that Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory starts receiving a little extra attention from future Big Ten opponents.
2. NU quarterback Tommy Armstrong is going to play like a redshirt freshman at times … because he is a redshirt freshman.
3. Husker I-back Ameer Abdullah appears headed for a healthy season rushing total after reaching the midway point with 816 yards.
4. Nothing incites as much of a passionate response, and difference of opinions, as a targeting penalty and ejection now that Nebraska has had its first of the season.
5. Ross-Ade Stadium won’t be one of the tougher stops for Nebraska as it travels the Big Ten, especially if the Huskers bring along 15,000-plus fans as they did Saturday.
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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW
1. How prepared is the Nebraska offensive line, and Mike Moudy in particular, to withstand the loss of second-team All-American Spencer Long?
2. How much would the NU defense have savored a shutout, considering the rough go in September and the fact the Huskers haven’t had one since the 2009 Holiday Bowl?
3. Can the Nebraska defense consistently dial up pressure like it did Saturday with five sacks and a number of other hits on Purdue quarterback Danny Etling?
4. Does the health of Taylor Martinez and the situation at quarterback come any more into focus soon?
5. How much patience will it take to be a Purdue fan right now as the Boilermakers continue to plow through a brutal six-game stretch in their schedule?