Varsity 27
Alumni 25

April 14, 1951 • 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
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1951 Nebraska spring game photoVarsity halfback Tom Carodine tries to get around Alumni player-coach Tom Novak during the second quarter. · The Lincoln Star ·

First quarter
V: Frank Simon 20 pass from John Bordogna
  (Bob Decker kick) 71-yd drive
V: Tom Carodine 5 run (Decker kick) 5-yd drive
Second quarter
A: Bill Mueller 10 run (kick failed) 34-yd drive
A: Tom Novak 2 run (pass failed) 46-yd drive
Third quarter
A: Ken Fischer 14 run (Walt Spellman kick) 71-yd drive
Fourth quarter
V: Don Vogt 2 run (kick failed) 73-yd drive
A: Ray Magsaman 17 pass from Nagle (kick failed) 30-yd drive
V: George Paynich 9 pass from Bordogna (Bordogna run) 48-yd drive

                        ALUM     VARS
First downs ............. 20       14        
  By rushing ............ 12       12
  By passing ............. 6        2
  By penalty ............. 2        0
Ball lost on downs ....... 1        1
Rushing yds (net) ...... 124      204
Passing yds ............ 147       71
  Att-Comp-Int ..... 22-11-1   12-4-2   
Total offense .......... 271      275
Punts-Average ......... 2-29     4-29
Punt return yds .......... 0        0
Kickoff return yds ..... 101       73
Fumbles .................. 3        0
Penalties-Yds ......... 7-45     9-45

Officials: Chuck Worrall, referee; M.G. Volz, umpire; Clair Sloan, back judge; Max Barrett, linesman; Joe Silverman and Herman Rohrig, field judges.

Attendance: 17,000 (est.)



Varsity wins with TD on final play

John Bordogna passed to George Paynich for a 9-yard touchdown on the game’s final play to cap a frantic final minute and give the Varsity a 27-25 win over the Alumni in the Huskers’ 1951 spring practice finale.

The Alumni seemed to have won the game with 47 seconds left, going ahead 25-20 on a 17-yard touchdown pass. The aerial from Fran Nagle was bobbled by the intended receiver, Ken Fischer, batted by a Varsity defender and caught by the Alums’ Ray Magsaman, who made a diving grab.

A short kickoff subsequently gave the Varsity the ball on the Alumni 48. Bordogna hit Tom Carodine with a pass to the 25, then ran around right end to the Alumni 9.

Two seconds remained, and Bordogna threw a strike to Paynich, who beat two Alumni defenders for the ball in the end zone.

NOTES: Nebraska’s star halfback from 1950, Bobby Reynolds, did not play in the game because he was competing instead on the Huskers’ baseball squad. … The Alumni’s touchdown in the final minute was set up by a 55-yard interception return by Ken Brooker to the Varsity 30. … The Alumni converted just one of four PATs. … The Varsity needed to go just five yards for its second touchdown after a mishandled snap on an Alumni punt attempt.

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