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1976 Nebraska spring game photoRod Stovall breaks up a pass.

Official recap

In a game that was exciting for both the players and the fans, quarterback Randy Garcia led an inspired White team to a 29-26 upset win over the Reds in Nebraska's annual Spring Game, before 18,135 fans at Memorial Stadium.

During the final period, the lead changed hands three times, including twice in the final four minutes of play.

With the Reds leading 26-23 with only 2:22 to play, White defensive back Paul Letcher intercepted a Tim Hager pass at the Reds' 33 yard line. Five plays later, Garcia hit wingback Kenny Brown in the end zone with a 21-yard scoring pass with 1:19 left in the game, to give the Whites a 29-26 lead.

But it was not over, as the Reds had a chance to tie it with only 14 seconds remaining. However, VanderMeer's 40-yard field goal attempt was wide and the Whites had defeated the favored Reds 29-26, for their second straight win. Last year, the Whites upset the Reds 20-6.

And just like last year, it was Garcia who paced the Whites. For the day, he was 9 of 17 for 129 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Brown.

Full recap here.

LINCOLN JOURNAL & STAR: 1, 2
 
SPRING GAME HISTORY
NU ROSTER

Whites 29
Reds 26

May 1, 1976
Lincoln, NE
Whites        3    6    6   14  -  29
Reds          7    6    7    6  -  26

First quarter
WHI - Dean Sukup, 52 field goal, 4:01
RED - Dave Butterfield, 80 punt return
     (Al Eveland kick) 0:00
Second quarter
WHI - Byron Stewart, 10 run (Sukup kick
      failed) 9:52
RED - Ron VanderMeer, 40 field goal, 1:03
RED - VanderMeer, 37 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
RED - Monte Anthony, 1 run (VanderMeer 
      kick) 10:07
WHI - Jim Pillen, 7 blocked punt return
     (Ed Burns pass to Keith Steward 
      failed) 6:14
Fourth quarter
WHI - Mike Washington, 9 run (Stewart 
      run) 4:42
RED - Dave Gillespie, 60 run
     (VanderMeer kick failed) 3:55
WHI - Kenny Brown, 21 pass from Randy 
      Garcia (Sukup kick failed) 1:19

Attendance-18,135

                            White     Red
First Downs Rushing ........... 7       8
First Downs Passing ........... 9       8
First Downs by Penalties ...... 0       1
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS ............ 16      17
Number Attempts Rushing ...... 46      48
Yards Gained Rushing ........ 194     251
Yards Lost Rushing ............ 8      39
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING .... 186     212
NET YARDS GAINED PASSING .... 182     142
 Attempted ................... 29      30
 Completed ................... 13      14
 Intercepted .................. 1       1
TOTAL OFFENE ............. 75-368  78-354
Number Interceptions .......... 1       1
NET YARDS INT. RETURNED ...... 12       9
Number Times Punted ........... 5       4
Number of Punts Had Blocked ... 0       1
PUNTING YARDS-AVERAGE .... 212-42  141-35
PUNT RETURNS-YARDS ......... 2-14    5-71
KICKOFF RETURNS-YARDS ...... 4-75   6-117
PENALTIES-YARDS ............ 5-37    5-53
FUMBLES-LOST ................ 3-3     2-1


WHITE RUSHING Att Gain Loss Net TD Long Burns, E. 1 0 3 -3 0 Berns, R. 9 31 1 30 6 Steward 5 19 0 19 6 Everett 2 5 0 5 3 Zabrockie 8 13 2 11 3 Washington 4 29 0 29 1 12 Stewart: 8 52 0 52 1 16 Kujath 2 16 0 16 10 Brown 2 19 0 19 11 Suelter 1 4 0 4 4 Kennedy 1 0 1 -1 0 Garcia 3 6 2 4 4 TOTAL 46 194 9 185 2 PASSING Cp. Att. Int. Yds. Long Burns, E. 4 12 1 53 15 Garcia 9 17 0 129 23 TOTAL 13 29 1 182 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Nitzel 4 60 0 17 Steward 1 15 0 15 Smith 2 36 0 23 Brown 3 41 1 21 Everett 3 30 0 12 TOTAL 13 182 1 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long Vanous 5 212 42 55 RETURNS Punts K-offs Int. Everett 0-0 4-75 0-00 Anderson 1-7 0-00 0-00 J. Pillen 1-7 0-00 0-00 Letcher 0-0 0-00 1-12 TOTAL 2-14 4-75 1-12
RED RUSHING Att Gain Loss Net TD Long Ferragamo 3 2 11 -9 2 Anthony 7 35 0 35 1 11 Donnell 7 37 0 37 14 Walton 2 3 0 3 2 Higgs 4 22 0 22 8 Gillespie 11 106 5 101 1 60 Hager 4 7 17 -10 7 Hipp 8 34 6 28 13 Fitzmorris 2 5 0 5 4 TOTAL 48 251 39 212 2 PASSING Cp. Att. Int. Yds. Long Ferragamo 9 16 0 63 11 Hager 5 14 1 79 44 TOTAL 14 30 1 142 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Horn 1 12 0 12 Hipp 1 8 0 8 Donnell 2 11 0 6 Spaeth 1 5 0 5 Altman 1 3 0 3 Walton 3 30 0 11 Gillespie 3 17 0 9 Loken 1 44 0 44 Magsamen 1 12 0 12 TOTAL 14 142 0 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long Lessman 4 141 35 55 RETURNS Punts K-offs Int. Harvey 1-00 2-55 1-9 Gillespie 0-00 2-37 0-0 Butterfield 2-74 0-00 0-0 Vernon 2-3 0-00 0-0 Thiessen 0-00 0-00 1-9 Higgs 0-00 1-8 0-0 Fitzmorris 0-00 1-17 0-0 TOTAL 5-71 6-117 1-9
 
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