Nebraska-Northwestern: Five things we learned, still don't know

Nebraska's Nick Gates celebrates with fans following the Huskers' win over Northwestern at Ryan Field.

Five things we learned and five things we still don’t know about the Huskers coming out of Saturday's 24-13 win over Northwestern.

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What we learned

1. The magic number must be 200 yards rushing for Nebraska. The Huskers are now 7-0 under Mike Riley when hitting that plateau, and went well over it with 310 yards on 47 carries.

2. Nebraska fans showed again they like the Chicago trip. The crowd of 40,284 at Ryan Field was as much red as purple, if not more.

3. Riley isn’t afraid to take some chances. Nebraska went for a fourth-and-1 from its own 30 — and got it — about five minutes into the game.

4. Brandon Reilly appears to have shaken the hamstring trouble that kept him out of the Oregon game. The senior receiver seemed to have his usual boost on a crossing route that he turned into a 35-yard reception in the third quarter.

5. If your yard looked like parts of the turf at Ryan Field, you might be having a discussion with your lawn service this week.

What we still don't know

1. Does Nebraska get away with those two goal-line fumbles against a Big Ten team that is playing better than Northwestern is right now?

2. How much is going to have to come out of the Husker playbook next season when Tommy Armstrong is gone? The senior was hugely productive running the football Saturday night with a career-high 132 yards, and the returning quarterbacks won’t offer that same skill set.

3. Where does Mikale Wilbon fit at I-back going forward? The sophomore and Chicago native did some of his best work vs. Northwestern, including a 32-yard run, and both Terrell Newby and Devine Ozigbo had goal-line fumbles.

4. When does Drew Brown miss again? The junior kicker has made 13 straight field goals, a streak that goes back to the Minnesota game last Oct. 17.

5. Why has the road team dominated this series? If not for the Huskers winning the 2013 Hail Mary game, the home team would be 0-6.

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