Nebraska shook off its rough start to the season, getting the first win of the Matt Rhule era Saturday night. While Northern Illinois is not quite the type of competition that Minnesota and Colorado presented, it still felt good to get a 35-11 win in Rhule’s Memorial Stadium debut.

In Week 4, the Huskers will wrap up the nonconference slate before resuming B1G play down the road. As we turn the page to another week, here is the full stock report with 3 weeks of the season in the books.

Player of the Week: QB Heinrich Haarberg

There’s no surprise to this one. Haarberg received his first start in Week 3 and led the Huskers in passing and rushing for the game.

The QB went 14-for-24 through the air for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns while adding 98 yards and another touchdown on the ground. He led a pair of first-half touchdown drives to get Nebraska an early cushion before the team picked up steam in the second half.

Newcomer of the Week: WR Billy Kemp IV

Kemp remains one of the key playmakers for Nebraska in the wide receiver room. His 3 catches against NIU put him second on the Huskers behind Thomas Fidone’s 4 catches. Though Kemp had just 13 yards in the game, he delivered a touchdown on the first drive by Nebraska to start things on the right foot.

Biggest surprise: QBs continue to lead rushing attack

Whether it is a cause for concern or not remains to be seen, but Nebraska’s QBs have led the team in rushing in 2 of the 3 games so far this season. A QB has reached at least 65 yards rushing in every game this season, and Jeff Sims and Haarberg each have a game of 90+ yards on the ground.

It is good to get production however you can find it, but the Huskers will need to balance the production from QB runs with keeping those players healthy during the grind of a B1G schedule. Behind Haarberg, Gabe Ervin Jr. and Anthony Grant did help balance that out with 113 rushing yards.

Biggest concern: WR depth and production

It was good for the Huskers to get a breakout performance from Fidone with 4 catches for 42 yards and a score, but that doesn’t change the overall concerns related to Nebraska’s wideout group. Along with Fidone, Gabe Ervin Jr. had a pair of catches for 20 yards as some of the Huskers’ best production in the passing game came from non-WRs.

Again, production however you can get it is the goal, but Nebraska is also trying to find its true ceiling this season. The Huskers need some playmakers to step up in a big way or the offense could be in for a long season in conference action.

Developing trend: Nebraska’s low takeaway numbers

Obviously, the major story the first few weeks was Nebraska’s inability to hold onto the football, but the Huskers are experiencing similar problems when it comes to forcing turnovers. Nebraska has just 1 takeaway in each game this season, including in the win over NIU.

As a result, the Huskers were even in turnover differential in Week 3 and remain in a big hole for the season. The team will need to find a way to create some takeaway opportunities moving forward.

Key stat: 8-for-14 on 3rd down

Nebraska posted its best time of possession of the season in Week 3, and that was not by accident. The Huskers achieved that mark with its strong ground game and an efficient 8-for-14 on 3rd-down conversions. As a result, the Huskers maintained control of the ball for 36:17 of game time in the win.

First impression about Week 4

After 2 games on the road to start the season, Nebraska will be in the middle of 3 straight games in Memorial Stadium during Week 4. That matchup will be against Louisiana Tech, a Conference USA opponent.

The Bulldogs are 2-2 on the season with losses to SMU and North Texas though the game against the Mean Green was a dramatic affair. LT does have some talent, particularly at QB where former Boise State QB Hank Bachmeier is the offensive leader. However, Bachmeier’s status is one to watch after he was injured in the Week 3 game against North Texas.

Either way, the Huskers will be big favorites in the game and have a great shot of getting back to .500. Doing so would be a great boost before the Huskers turn the page back to conference action.