Nebraska-Iowa: Five things we learned, still don’t know
Five things we learned1. Iowa doesn’t expect or count on the big play coming all that often, so Nebraska helping with three in the first half was a sign it was going to be a good day for the Hawkeye offense.2. The Hawkeyes had Nebraska right where they wanted it with the Huskers’ field position. Nebraska didn’t start any of its 12 offensive series beyond its own 29-yard line.3. Iowa has a good 1-2 punch at tailback with LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley. They combined for 263 yards and three touchdowns, and Wadley will try to join Daniels as a 1,000-yard rusher when the Hawkeyes get to their bowl game.4. Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard was put in a better position to succeed than Tommy Armstrong between the Hawkeyes’ field position and the throws he was given. The senior completed 10 of 15 passes for 144 yards with three touchdowns.5. Nebraska needs a bowl win. It is potentially facing a 13th straight season with at least four losses as it awaits a postseason assignment.Five things we still don’t know1. Was Nebraska a little spent by this point in the season with all that it has seen, including the Huskers’ injury issues at quarterback in particular since Tommy Armstrong was knocked out of the Ohio State game?2. How did I-back Terrell Newby return from an ugly second-quarter hit that bent him backwards? The senior has shown his durability all season, especially with some of his previous success in the fourth quarter of games.3. What was Iowa cornerback Manny Rugamba thinking as Cethan Carter turned upfield toward him after catching a short pass in the first quarter? The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end plowed over the freshman to complete a short play.4. How far away is Nebraska from being a Big Ten West champion again? This will be the Huskers’ fourth straight season without a trip to Indianapolis, and the conference championship drought still goes back to 1999.5. Is either Nebraska or Iowa prepared to take over this series in the next decade or so? The Huskers and Hawkeyes have split their six meetings since NU joined the Big Ten.