Published Saturday, November 16, 2013 AT 10:43 PM / Updated at 10:44 PM
Nebraska-Michigan State: 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 out of Nebraska’s 41-28 loss to Michigan State.

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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

1. These Husker players see the value of effort and desire. They were proud of their never-say-die attitude after the loss.

2. Michigan State has a quarterback who can make big-time throws when he needs to. Connor Cook stepped up late.

3. When given a clear opening, Imani Cross can scoot. He’s dangerous when he’s that decisive.

4. Nebraska’s coaches know how to attack MSU’s vaunted defense. They’ve diagrammed an effective game plan three times in a row now.

5. It’s time for opponents to stop leaving tackles one-on-one with Randy Gregory in passing situations.

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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW

1. How does Nebraska turn the ball over five times at home in its biggest game of the season?

2. Ameer Abdullah ran for 123 yards against the nation’s top rush defense. Are national analysts giving him enough respect?

3. More special teams issues for NU. Why? By flipping the field, downing a punt and faking a field goal, MSU owned that facet of the game.

4. Does this loss linger? The Huskers gave everything to keep their title hopes alive, but they fell short.

5. Assuming Michigan State doesn’t collapse, can the Spartans hang with Ohio State in Indianapolis?

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.