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An all-time high crowd of more than 18,000 fans were on hand on a bright, sunshiny spring afternoon for the annual All Sports Day scrimmage. The fans in the stands and those listening to the play-by-play broadcast throughout the state were treated to the biggest offensive explosion in history.

In all, ten records were broken and two others tied as the Reds, boasting the number one units on offense and defense at the close of spring drills, romped past the Whites, 64-21. Powered by the running of Jeff Kinney and Gary Dixon and the pinpoint passing of Jerry Tagge and Steve Runty, the Reds marched to a 44-0 half-time lead.

One of the high points of the day came with 53 seconds left in the half when Joe Blahak broke loose on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. That broke the old record by 40 yards.

Of the records broken, eight were team records. Only Blahak's punt return and Al Pieratt's five PAT kicks were new individual marks. With that kind of balance and overall team strength, the 18,000 Big Red fans went home to mark each of the 127 days remaining until the 1971 season opener against Oregon, September 11.

LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR: 1, 2 SPRING GAME HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
 
Recap source: 1971 media guide
Reds 64
Whites 21

May 8, 1971
Lincoln, NE
Reds         13    31     0    20  -  64 
Whites        0     0    14     7  -  21

First Quarter
RED - Bill Olds 1 run (PAT no good) 10:22
RED - Jeff Kinney 4 run (Al Pieratt kick) 8:26
Second Quarter
RED - Gary Dixon 2 run (Pieratt kick) 11:18
RED - Al Pieratt 37 field goal, 6:53
RED - Woody Cox 58 pass from Steve Runty 
     (Pieratt kick) 3:10
RED - Joe Blahak 91 punt return (Marv 
      Ebers kick) 0:53
RED - Jerry List 10 pass from Runty 
     (Ebers kick) 0:00
Third Quarter
WHI - Frosty Anderson 37 pass from Dave
      Humm (Tom Catlett kick) 13:10
WHI - Brent Longwell 10 pass from Humm
     (Bill Allheiligan kick) 5:47
Fourth Quarter
RED - Johnny Rodgers 18 pass from Jerry
      Tagge (Pieratt kick) 11:29
RED - Bob Terrio 29 pass interception 
     (Catlett kick) 10:30
WHI - Mike O'Halleran 3 run (Catlett 
      kick) 7:46
RED - Olds 1 run (kick failed) 2:33

                              WHI    RED 
First Downs Rushing             7      9 
First Downs Passing             9     12 
First Downs by Penalties        1      0 
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS              17     21 
Rushing Attempts               47     45 
Yards Gained Rushing          147    165 
Yards Lost Rushing             42     11 
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING      105    154 
Passes Attempted               40     25 
Passes Completed               12     18 
Passes had Intercepted          1      0 
NET YARDS GAINED PASSING      174    343 
Plays Rushing and Passing      87     70 
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDAGE         279    497 
Interceptions                   0      1 
NET YARDS INT. RETURNED         0     29 
Times Punted                    8      3 
Punts had Blocked               0      0 
PUNTING YARDS (Average)        33     35 
PUNT RETURNS-YARDS            1-8  5-131 
KICKOFF RETURNS-YARDS      10-254   1-41 
PENALTIES-YARDS              5-52   7-45 
FUMBLES-LOST                  1-1    2-2

WHITES

RUSHING       Att.     Yds.    TD     Long
Humm            7        2      0       10
Davis           2      -12      0        3
Damkroger      13       34      0       11
Butts          12       37      0        9
Goeller         1       -1      0       -1
Powell          3        2      0        4
Hughes          1        7      0        7
O'Halleran      8       36      1        9
Totals         47      105      1       11


PASSING       Att. Comp. Int.   Yds.  Long
Humm           30     9    1    168     37
Davis          10     3    0      6      5
Totals         40    12    1    174     37



RECEIVING      No.     Yds.    TD     Long
F.Anderson      2       45      1       37
Hughes          2       47      0       24
Linder          1       12      0       12
Butts           2       38      0       22
Hill            1        4      0        4
O'Halleran      1        5      0        5
Longwell        2       26      1       16
Britt           1       -3      0       -3
Totals         12      174      2       37


ALL RETURNS    Punts     K-offs      Ints.
Butts                     5-152           
Powell                    2-33            
Hughes                    2-45            
Britt                     1-24            
Garson          1-8                       
REDS

RUSHING       Att.     Yds.    TD     Long
Kinney          8       30      1        6
Olds            6       13      2        6
Tagge           4       -3      0        3
Carstens        6       34      0       12
Dixon          17       49      1        8
Runty           1       12      0       12
Coleman         2       21      0       18
Schmit          1       -2      0       -2
Totals         45      154      4       18


PASSING       Att. Comp. Int.   Yds.  Long
Runty           9     7    0    146     47
Tagge          13     9    0    189     59
Coleman         3     2    0      8      4
Totals         25    18    0    343     59


RECEIVING      No.     Yds.    TD     Long
List            3       75      1       47
Rodgers         3       35      1       18
Kinney          3       82      0       59
Cox             4       87      1       58
Lackovic        4       55      0       40
Schmit          1        9      0        9
Totals         18      343      3       59




ALL RETURNS    Punts     K-offs      Ints.
Rodgers         4-40      1-41            
Blahak          1-91                      
Terrio                               1-29 
 
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