Defense dominated a Red-White scrimmage held two days after the death of former Husker quarterback Brook Berringer in a plane crash.
Kris Brown's 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds lifted the Reds to a 20-17 win. It was Brown's fourth field goal in as many tries.
The Reds had the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense, while the Whites had the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense. In eight series between the top units, the offense managed zero touchdowns, 28 yards rushing in 28 tries and 81 yards through the air on 4-of-10 passing. Fifteen of the 38 plays between the No. 1 units failed to produce positive yardage. The only offensive touchdowns came when the Nos. 2 and 3 units were paired. For the game, the Reds were held to 93 rushing yards on 46 attempts.
The Reds got their only touchdown when I-back Damon Benning bobbled a third-quarter punt, picked up the ball and scooted 87 yards to paydirt. The ensuing two-point conversion tied the score at 14, and the teams then traded field goals before Brown kicked the game-winner with three seconds left.
A somber atmosphere prevailed before kickoff despite the record 48,659 in attendance. A 3½-minute film devoted to Berringer was shown on the stadium screens. Redshirt freshman Jeff Perino, who had worn Berringer's No. 18 all spring, switched to No. 5 for the game out of respect.
DAILY NEBRASKAN | N.Y. TIMES
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
April 20, 1996
RED WHI Qtr Scoring play
3- 0 1 Kris Brown, 26 FG
3- 7 1 James Sims, 2 run 6:42
6- 7 2 Kris Brown, 25 FG
6-14 2 T.J. DeBates, 18 pass from Monte Christo
14-14 3 Damon Benning, 87 punt return
(Jon Vedral pass from Scott Frost) 4:22
17-14 3* Kris Brown, 23 FG**
17-17 3* FG by Whites**
20-17 4 Kris Brown, 25 FG 0:03
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TEAM TOTAL OFFENSE: Reds 209 yds, Whites 231 yds
RUSHING: Ben Kingston, 10-56; Scott Frost, 19-50; Ahman Green, 11-25; Damon Benning, 6-16; Brian Schuster, 3-4
LONG RUN: Ben Kingston, 15 yds
Scott Frost, 4/14 for 44 yds, 1 INT;
Jeff Perino, 5/11 for 66 yds
LONG PASS: Matt Turman 59 yards to Brendan Holbein
LEADING TACKLERS: Jon Hesse, 12; Chad Kelsay, 8.