Varsity 22
Alumni 0

May 9, 1959 • 3 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
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1959 Nebraska spring game photo Noel MartinVarsity fullback Noel Martin flies into the air as he’s tackled by Carl Brasee. · The Lincoln Star ·

Third quarter
VAR: Pat Fischer 1 run (pass failed)
Fourth quarter
VAR: Dallas Dyer 5 run
    (Don Purcell pass from Dean Cozine)
VAR: Mike Eger 8 pass from Tom Kramer
    (Fischer run)

                       ALM      VAR
First downs ........... 11       23
Rushing yards (net) ... 56      265
  Yards gained ........ 96      296
  Yards lost .......... 40       31
Passing yards ........ 130       21
  Att-Comp-Int .... 15-9-1    4-2-1
Total offense ........ 186      286
Punts-Average ..... 4-35.3   3-27.7
Fumbles lost ........... 3        3
Penalized-Yards ..... 7-70     5-35

Referee, Bill Jennings; umpire, Mathias Volz; field judge, Ed Dosek; back judge, Gary Rosenberger; linesman, Bob Reynolds.

Attendance: 7,500 (est.)



Varsity grinds out shutout victory

After a scoreless first half, the Varsity racked up three touchdowns in the final 30 minutes for a 22-0 win over the Alumni.

The Varsity attempted just four passes all afternoon in a game played on soggy turf.

The 0-0 deadlock was broken after the Alums’ Frank Simon fumbled on a hard hit by Carroll Zaruba while returning the opening second-half kickoff. With Tom Kramer at quarter­back, the Varsity drove 42 yards in 11 plays. Pat Fischer scored the touchdown on fourth and goal from the 1 yard line on a pitchout from Kramer.

The Alumni responded by driving to the Varsity 3 but lost ground from there and had to settle for a field goal attempt, which was blocked.

In the fourth quarter, the Varsity put together a 10-play drive from midfield, capped by Dallas Dyer’s 5-yard touchdown run off right tackle.

The final TD, a 12-yard pass from Kramer to Mike Eger, came with less than a minute left and capped a 39-yard drive after the Alums had turned the ball over on downs.


Fred Lorenz, a four-letter winner in football (1944-47), was brought to the game by ambulance from a Grand Island hospital to serve as the Alumni’s honorary coach. He died 13 days later after an illness of eight months.

Quarterback Dean Cozine and tackle Roland McDole, both of the Varsity, received trophies for outstanding play.

It was the most lopsided score in the history of the series. The Varsity had never won by more than three points.

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