White 25
Red 14

March 27, 1954 • 2 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
1st2nd3rd4th F 
First quarter
RED: Jon McWilliams 51 punt return (McWilliams kick)
Second quarter
WHI: Don Comstock 2 run
WHI: Comstock 46 run
WHI: Dean Lux 7 pass from Dan Brown
Third quarter
RED: Bob Smih 19 run (McWilliams kick)
WHI: Dave Koile 64 run (kick failed) 

                          Reds    Whites
First downs ............... 14        15
Rushing yards (net) ...... 183       231
  Yds gained rushing ..... 213       262
  Yds lost rushing ........ 30        31
Passing yards (net) ...... 113       121
  Att-Comp-Int ........ 17-7-1    6-12-0
Total offense ............ 296       352

            Starting lineups
RED               Pos              White
Andy Loehr         LE     LeRoy Butherus
Bill Holloran      LT          Ken Kunes
Tom Kripal         LG          Gale Lair
Bob Oberlin         C        Bob Berguin
Bob Wagner         RG         Jim Murphy
Don Glantz         RT          Pev Evans
Don Hewitt         RE       Allan Deines
Rex Fischer        QB          Don Erway
Jon McWilliams     LH      Harry Johnson 
Willie Greenlaw    RH         Dave Koile
Bob Smith          FB       John Edwards

Officials: Referee, Bill Keefer; umpire,
Mathias Volz; field judge, Herm Rohrig;
linesman, Chuck Worrall 


Recap & links

1954 Nebraska football spring game Jon McWilliams punt return photoJon McWilliams eludes tacklers en route to his 51-yard touchdown on a first-quarter punt return. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

Whites pull off surprising win in spring game

Scores from long range spiced up the 1954 Huskers’ final spring scrimmage as the Whites surprised the Reds, 25-14.

Whites halfback Don Comstock “stole the show” with his “hard charging and excellent open field running,” wrote the Sunday Journal and Star’s Walt Dobbins. It was Comstock’s 46-yard run in the second quarter that put the Whites ahead for good.

Reds halfback Jon McWilliams opened scoring with a 51-yard punt return. That was followed by three second-quarter TDs by the Whites, including two by Comstock, and the Whites led 19-7 at intermission.

The Reds made it 19-14 when Bob Smith’s 19-yard run capped a 63-yard drive in the third quarter. But the Whites answered with a 64-yard bolt up the middle by halfback Dave Koile for the game’s final score.

“We were still pretty ragged but improved over a week ago,” said coach Bill Glassford, referring to a team scrimmage the previous Saturday.

Attendance was estimated at 6,000 by the Omaha World-Herald and “over 5,000” by the Lincoln Journal Star.


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