South Dakota State did a solid job of slowing down Taylor Martinez -- something no other opponent has been able to do in this young season. The Jackrabbits were also in the Nebraska backfield a few too many times. The Huskers finally seemed to find a rhythm in the third quarter, thanks to sophomore Rex Burkhead. Roy Helu never got on track.


Maybe Shawn Watson jinxed Martinez when the NU offensive coordinator said earlier in the week that Martinez is the best passer he's been around and that everybody will see it. Well, we're still waiting. Martinez and his arm continue to be a work in progress, which isn't unexpected of a redshirt freshman. Which are most troubling? The short-hopped throws to open receivers or the perfectly placed balls to the opposing team? Cody Green didn't exactly establish his arm, either.


Nebraska has yet to completely shut down an opponent's running game. The No. 55 national rank in run defense reflects that. But South Dakota State ranked 101st -- in the FCS -- in rushing entering Saturday's game, and the Jackrabbits were collecting 4- and 5-yard runs throughout the game. Running up the middle on NU seems to be working for foes.


Another interception for cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Who knew that Nebraska would relish it in the fourth quarter of a game against South Dakota State? The Huskers may not have produced any sacks, but they did pressure and bother quarterback Thomas O'Brien, who entered the game having thrown five interceptions this season.


Nothing glaring either way, save for some decent return yardage by South Dakota State. Alex Henery came through as he always does. His 43-yard punt with 3:29 remaining pinned the Jackrabbits at their 3-yard line. Like Dennard's interception, we didn't expect a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter would be needed for some breathing room on this night.


Nebraska didn't show very much, which is fine, but why not run up the middle a little bit more? Nebraska had success there when it tried, particularly late in the game. The Huskers weren't as successful in trying to run to the outside.


Nebraska coaches didn't hesitate to put Green in the game deep in Nebraska territory. Remember Green's fumble last week deep in NU territory? Green apparently doesn't. He secured the football this time. Green is also good at getting yards on a QB sneak, and yards is what NU needed backed inside its 1.


Is Nebraska not that good after all, or did the Huskers simply overlook South Dakota State? Here's guessing it's the latter, but whatever the case, this game was troubling. Just when you thought Nebraska was the class of the Big 12, this clunker against an FCS school will raise a few more questions. Can Martinez win games with his arm? Does the fact Green took over in the fourth quarter indicate anything? Nebraska has some time to reflect before trying to take Manhattan one final time.