Nebraska-Troy: Five things we learned, still don’t know

September 16, 2018

Five things we learned and five things we still don’t know about the Huskers coming out of Saturday’s loss to Troy.

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Five things we learned

1. Special teams are a serious issue. The Huskers gave up a punt return touchdown, missed another field goal and were average at best in their return game. The worst part of the team didn’t improve from Game 1 to Game 2.

2. Andrew Bunch is not Adrian Martinez. Bunch was somewhat productive — 19 for 27, 177 passing yards, two touchdowns and two picks — but wasn’t near the playmaker Martinez was against Colorado. That’s worth remembering down the road with Martinez’s health.

3. Maurice Washington has some speed. The true freshman bounced some runs outside for big gains. He finished with 14 carries for 92 yards.

4. The turnover bug has yet to be exterminated. There were three turnovers for Nebraska on the day.

5. Games Nebraska is expected to win, be it Northern Illinois a year ago or Troy this year, don’t come easy like they used to.

Five things we still don’t know

1. How worried is Scott Frost about this team? A loss to Colorado to open the season, a lackluster performance against Troy at home. Did he know this is what he was getting into?

2. What does this do to the team? A year ago, it didn’t respond well to losses. Will that differ with a new staff?

3. Where does Nebraska get its offense when Adrian Martinez is hurt?

4. Sure, Troy beat LSU last year, so it has done this before. But how worried should Frost be about Nebraska’s ability to compete in the Big Ten? Especially with Michigan next week at 11 a.m.?

5. How hurt is Martinez? Can he play against Michigan? And can he stay healthy? It looks like Nebraska’s season depends on it.

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