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Nebraska's 28th annual Spring Game proved one thing for the Husker coaching staff — Nebraska's offense is capable of making the big plays.

In a game filled with big plays — kick returns and long passes — the Reds nipped a determined White team, 23-21. And perhaps, the game was even closer than the score indicated.

The outcome was in doubt until the final gun. When White-team running back Tim Wurth scored on a four-yard run with 1:35 left in the game to make the score Reds, 23, Whites 21, the Whites had a chance to tie the game on a two-point conversion. But on the two-point run, fullback Keith Steward was stopped inches short of the goal line, preserving the Red win.

The closely fought game may have been just what the fans ordered, but it only compounded the dilemma of Head Coach Tom Osborne, looking for a first-string quarterback for 1977. Five QBs performed admirably — senior Randy Garcia (8-12 for 84 yards), senior Ed Burns (4-7 for 63 yards), junior Tom Sorley (5-10 for 62 yards, and 6 rushes for 32 yards), sophomore Jeff Quinn (1-3 for 13 yards, and 11 rushes for 37 yards), and junior Tim Hager (4-9 for 82 yards.)

Full recap here.

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SPRING GAME HISTORY
ROSTER

Reds 23
Whites 21

April 30, 1977
Lincoln, NE
Reds          7    7    6    3  -  23
Whites        9    0    6    6  -  21

First Quarter
R - Rick Berns 1 run (Billy Todd kick) 6:08
W - Earl Everett 96 kickoff return (Dean
    Sukup kick failed) 5:55
W - Sukup 21 field goal 0:56
Second Quarter
R - Frank Lockett 39 pass from Ed Burns
   (Tim Bergkamp kick) 14:00
Third Quarter
W - Tim Wurth 4 run (Sukup kick failed) 10:01
R - Frank Lockett 74 punt return (Burns 
    to Curtis Craig pass failed) 1:35
Fourth Quarter
R - Billy Todd 36 field goal 3:31
W - Tim Wurth 4 run (Keith Steward run
    failed) 1:35

Attendance - 13,038

                                   Reds   Whites
First Downs Rushing ................ 14       10
First Downs Passing ................. 7        6
First Downs by Penalties ............ 2        0
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS .................. 23       16
Number Attempts Rushing ............ 63       44
Yards Gained Rushing .............. 253      223
Yards Lost Rushing ................. 23       23
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING .......... 230      200
Number Passes Attempted ............ 25       16
Number Passes Competed ............. 14        8
Number Passes Had Intercepted ....... 0        0
NET YARDS GAINED PASSING .......... 163      141
Number Plays Rushing and Passing ... 88       60
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDAGE ............. 393      341
Number Interceptions ................ 0        0
NET YARDS INTERCEPTIONS RETURNED .... 0        0
Number Times Punted ................. 2        5
Number of Punts Had Blocked ......... 0        0
PUNTING YARDS-AVERAGE ........... 62-31   165-33
PUNT RETURNS (Number-Yards) ..... 4-135     3-12
KICKOFF RETURNS (Number-Yards) ... 2-29    3-147
PENALTIES (Number-Yards) ......... 7-55     9-64
FUMBLES (Number-Own Lost) ......... 1-1      2-1




RED RUSHING Att Gain Loss Net TD Lng Garcia 6 29 0 29 0 13 Steward 5 18 0 18 0 6 Berns 13 58 1 57 1 11 Craig 2 5 0 5 0 3 Hipp 4 21 0 21 0 10 Burns 5 16 10 6 0 13 McCrady 2 3 2 1 0 3 Jacobs 4 15 0 15 0 8 Suelter 2 17 0 17 0 12 Hager 1 0 10 -10 0 Lewis 7 14 0 14 0 5 Donnell 8 49 0 49 0 12 Stewart 3 8 0 8 0 5 Todd 1 0 0 0 0 0 PASSING Cp. Att Int. Yds Long Garcia 8 12 0 84 23 Burns 4 7 0 63 39 Hager 2 6 0 16 16 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Lee 3 33 0 15 Steward 1 4 0 4 Dufresne 3 21 0 9 Lockett 3 71 1 39 Berns 1 3 0 3 McCrady 2 31 0 16 Lewis 1 0 0 0 FIELD GOALS Made Att. Bergkamp 0 1 Todd 1 2 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long Gemar 2 62 31 35 RETURNING Punts K-offs Ints. Lee 1-13 2-29 0-0 Lockett 3-122 0-0 0-0
WHITE RUSHING Att Gain Loss Net TD Lng Sorley 6 40 8 32 0 26 Stewart 4 11 0 11 0 5 Donnell 3 8 0 8 0 3 Everett 2 21 0 21 0 15 Wurth 10 64 2 62 2 21 Washington 2 8 0 8 0 5 Quinn 11 49 12 37 0 17 Brown 2 1 1 0 0 1 Hager 2 5 0 5 0 4 Steward 1 9 0 9 0 9 Juehring 1 7 0 7 0 7 PASSING Cp. Att. Int. Yds. Long Sorley 5 10 0 62 23 Quinn 1 3 0 13 13 Hager 2 3 0 66 44 RECEIVING No. Yds. TD Long Everett 2 42 0 23 Miller 2 60 0 44 Loken 1 13 0 13 T. Smith 1 22 0 22 Wurth 1 1 0 1 Steward 1 3 0 3 FIELD GOALS Made Att. Sukup 1 1 Dixon 0 1 PUNTING No. Yds. Avg. Long T. Smith 2 68 34 44 Mensing 3 87 29 38 RETURNING Punts K-offs Ints. Everett 0-0 2-132 0-0 Wurth 0-0 1-15 0-0 Brown 2-0 0-0 0-0 Fischer, T. 1-12 0-0 0-0
 
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