Defense

Saturday was another tough loss to swallow for the Huskers.

BOULDER, Colo. — Three things we learned and three things we still don’t know about the Huskers coming out of Saturday's loss to Colorado.

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Three things we learned

1. The Nebraska-Colorado rivalry is still very much alive. The generous crowd estimate was 50-50 between Huskers and Buffs fans. The pregame environment was surreal with Nebraska running out to cheers, then getting to the other end of the field to warm up and being met with boos and expletives from the CU student section. The Husker fan section chanted “Husker Power” louder than the Colorado fans sang their alma mater. The shouting matches started early and never went away. Take the teams out of the Big 12, but the Big 12 shows up when these teams play.

2. The cycle is not over. Nebraska’s inability to win close games persists. Northwestern on the road. Iowa on the road. Now at Colorado with a 17-0 lead. The talk of culture change can go on, but Nebraska still has an issue facing adversity late in football games, an issue that predates Scott Frost.

3. Those snapping issues really were correctable. After a week of exhaustive talk about Cam Jurgens’ snaps, the redshirt freshman center was near-perfect against Colorado. His snaps were on point, which kept the NU offense humming in the altitude. The offensive line, in general, gave Martinez time to throw and set up blocks for backs. Not a perfect game from them, but they ruined very little.

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Three things we still don’t know

1. What’s up at kicker? Isaac Armstrong was put in a terrible position with that 48-yard field goal. He missed it wide. When is Barret Pickering going to be healthy enough to play? Is Armstrong, a walk-on, going to be tasked with punting and kicking all season?

2. When will this offense become consistent enough to put teams away? Nebraska was up 17-0 and got the ball first in the second half, then gained 23 yards in the first 12 plays. That opened the door for Colorado to storm back. Frost’s teams at UCF put teams away with demoralizing offenses. Saturday, Frost’s play-calling got conservative and it hurt NU.

3. What’s this hangover like? This was an emotionally draining game. A lot was put into this. Fans are on edge. The team is on edge. Does this frustration get fixed, or does it linger like it did last season, which bubbled into a 0-6 start?

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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