Published Saturday, November 2, 2013 AT 10:04 PM / Updated at 11:40 PM
Nebraska-Northwestern: Fives 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 27-24 win over the Northwestern Wildcats.

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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

1. Winning cures all. One miraculous catch totally altered the way this Husker team will be viewed — at least for a week.

2. Might as well stop wasting your time trying to predict what will happen with an unpredictable Nebraska squad.

3. Experience matters at quarterback. The backups made some costly rookie mistakes.

4. Nebraska’s best play-makers on defense (cornerbacks and defensive ends) are comfortable against spread offenses. Helps to blitz a ton, too.

5. Ameer Abdullah gets stronger as the game unfolds. He had a dominant fourth quarter.

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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW

1. Can Nebraska’s offense continue to overcome all these injuries? The Huskers were down six starters in the second half Saturday.

2. The penalties and mistakes that stalled out several Nebraska drives will certainly be addressed. Can they be eliminated?

3. Are the Huskers any closer to figuring out their ongoing position battles at linebacker? Those guys will be tested more.

4. What happens when opponents put their biggest players on the field and commit to pounding the football right up the gut?

5. Has any team experienced worse luck than Northwestern this year? The Wildcats have to be the best team to ever start 0-5 in Big Ten play, right?

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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.