World-Herald staff writer Rich Kaipust identifies five things we learned (and five things we still don’t know) coming out of Nebraska’s 23-20 overtime win at Penn State.
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FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
1. Nebraska kicker and Western Illinois transfer Pat Smith quietly has carved out a nice senior season, making 10 of 11 field goals — the most important one so far on Saturday.
2. The Huskers might have some evaluating and decision-making to do this week with their quarterbacks.
3. Sam Foltz was there when Nebraska needed him, averaging 46 yards on eight punts and placing four inside the Penn State 20.
4. The Huskers have taken advantage of Penn State and its situation by running out to a 3-0 series lead since joining the Big Ten.
5. If possible, the NU punt return game appears to be getting even less effective.
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FIVE THINGS WE STILL DON’T KNOW
1. Did any play take more wind out of the Nittany Lions’ sails Saturday than Kenny Bell’s 99-yard kickoff return?
2. Can Nebraska get back on the right side of the turnover battle one more time before this season is over?
3. What happens if NU doesn’t chuck that pass out of its own end zone and get the pass-interference call with 1:16 left in regulation?
4. Who honestly believed, back in mid-September, that backup quarterbacks Ron Kellogg and Tommy Armstrong would be involved in some of these crazy finishes through the Big Ten season?
5. One of these years, will Black Friday bring us a Nebraska-Iowa game that determines the division champion?