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With 21,003 fans basking in the sun and whooping it up in anticipation of September, the Cornhuskers concluded spring practice with a rousing offensive show.

Thanks to a wild fourth-quarter comeback, the Reds — featuring the top players — stormed from an apparent upset to a 41-40 victory. All the Reds had to do was score three touchdowns in the final quarter and stop a two-point White conversion attempt with 1:20 left.

As the record All Sports Day throng trooped out of the stadium, rehashing the brilliant quarterbacking of Dave Humm, the bruising fullback play of Tony Davis, the shades-of-Johnny Rodgers kick returning of Bobby Thomas and some overall very fine defensive play, Coach Osborne observed: "The offense might be a little sounder than it was at the end of spring a year ago, while defensively maybe we're where we were a year ago. And if we come up with the right people, it could be a real good defense."

The No. 1 Reds scored the first two times they had the ball, but the Whites got back in the game for a 20-20 halftime tie. Quarterbacks Terry Luck and Earl Everett both plunged for third-quarter TDs, giving the Whites a 34-20 lead going into the final period.

But the Reds stormed back with touchdowns from John O'Leary, Tony Davis and Ritch Bahe to go up 41-34. That didn't end things, however. With 1:29 left in the game, the Whites' Jerry Wied blocked a punt and tore 45 yards to score. But the Black Shirts smothered the two-point victory try, and the exciting football afternoon came to a close.

SPRING-GAME HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Red 41
White 40

May 4, 1974
Lincoln, NE
Red        13    7    0   21  —  41
White       0   20   14    6  —  40

First quarter
RED — Dave Humm, 1 run (Mike Coyle
 kick failed) 11:19
RED — John O'Leary, 5 run (Coyle kick) 6:30
Second quarter
WHI — Jack Kelly, 6 run (Al Eveland kick) 9:17
WHI — Chester Tally, 2 run (Eveland kick) 2:32
RED — Tony Davis, 4 run (Coyle kick) 1:10
WHI — Dave Gillespie, 2 run (Eveland
 kick failed) 0:32
Third quarter
WHI — Terry Luck, 1 run (Eveland kick) 8:19
WHI — Earl Everett, 1 run (Rick Lemerond kick) 3:45
Fourth quarter
RED — John O'Leary, 8 run (Mike Houser kick) 14:05
RED — Tony Davis, 4 run (Houser kick failed) 13:27
RED — Ritch Bahe, 3 run (run good) 10:33
WHI — Jerry Wied, 45 blocked punt return
 (run failed) 1:20

 
Attendance — 21,003

                                  Whites    Reds
First Downs Rushing ................. 15      12
First Downs Passing .................. 6       7
First Downs by Penalties ............. 2       1
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS ................... 23      20
Number Attempts Rushing  ............ 63      52
Yards Gained Rushing  .............. 257     291
Yards Lost Rushing .................. 13       6
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING  .......... 244     285
Number Passes Attempted ............. 18      17
Number Passes Completed  ............. 9       8
Number Passes Had  Intercepted ....... 2       2
NET YARDS GAINED PASSING ........... 125     148
Number Plays Rushing and Passing .... 81      69
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDAGE .............. 369     433
Number Interceptions  ................ 2       2
NET YARDS INTERCEPTIONS RETURNED .... 43      47
Number Times Punted  ................. 2       3
Number of Punts Had Blocked  ......... 0       1
PUNTING AVERAGE ..................... 36      47
PUNT RETURNS (Number-Yards)  ...... 3-90     0-0
KICKOFF RETURNS (Number-Yards) ... 7-159   5-101
PENALTIES (Number-Yards) .......... 5-51    6-74
FUMBLES (Number-Own Lost) .......... 2-2     2-2

WHITE RUSHING Att. Gain Loss Net TD Long Everett 10 64 6 58 1 19 Justice 4 12 0 12 0 6 Kucera 1 3 0 4 0 3 Heiser 3 12 0 12 0 8 Luck 3 7 5 2 1 6 Gilllespie 8 29 0 29 1 9 Higgs 16 56 2 54 0 9 Kelley 8 26 0 26 1 6 Lemerond 3 9 0 0 0 6 Talley 7 39 0 39 1 11 PASSING Comp. Att. Int. Yds. Long Luck 5 10 2 74 22 Everett 3 6 0 36 15 Lemerond 3 2 0 15 15 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Thomas 2 41 0 22 Heiser 2 24 0 15 Folsom 1 13 0 13 Peterson 1 12 0 12 Malito 1 22 0 22 Kelley 1 15 0 15 Kucera 1 -2 0 -2 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long Lessman 2 72 36 46 RETURNS Punts K-offs Intcp. Thomas 2-44 3-89 -  Wied 1-45 - -  Burrow - - 1-0 Eichelberger - - 1-49 Kucera - 1-0 -  Gillespie - 2-50 -  McWhorter - 1-20 - 
RED RUSHING Att. Gain Loss Net TD Long Humm 6 44 0 44 1 28 Davis 9 33 0 33 2 13 O'Leary 9 56 0 56 2 10 Bahe 3 16 0 16 1 12 Moran 4 20 0 20 0 9 Westbrook 4 63 0 63 0 43 Zabrocki 7 21 2 19 0 7 Belka 4 16 1 15 0 9 Burns 3 12 3 9 0 7 Williams 2 8 0 8 0 6 Ray 1 2 0 2 0 2 PASSING Comp. Att. Int. Yds. Long Humm 6 13 2 88 29 Burns 1 1 0 16 16 Ray 1 3 0 44 44 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Shamblin 2 61 0 44 Davis 1 11 0 11 Bahe 3 51 0 29 Panneton 1 16 0 16 Moran 1 9 0 9 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long Ray 2 95 47 59 Team 1 0 — — RETURNS Punts K-offs Intcp. Nelson - - 1-0 Young - - 1-47 Bahe - 2-37 -  O'Leary - 1-23 -  Westbrook - 1-24 -  Belka - 1-17 - 
 
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