White 26
Red 24

May 11, 1968 • 2 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
1st2nd3rd4th F 

1968 Nebraska football spring game photo Mick ZieglerThe Reds’ Mick Ziegler is upended after a short gain. · Omaha World-Herald · Newspapers.com

First Quarter
WHI: Joe Orduna 26 run (Bill Bomberger kick) 0:56 
Second Quarter
RED: Paul Rogers 49 field goal, 9:12
WHI: Orduna 2 run (kick failed) 4:20 
RED: Rex Lowe 66 pass from Rick Wenner (pass failed) 3:25 
Third Quarter
RED: Mike Green 54 run (kick failed) 11:11 
WHI: Tom Penney 71 pass from Patrick (Bomberger kick) 9:09 
RED: Jim Smith, 2 run (pass failed) 0:00 
Fourth Quarter
RED: Rogers 37 field goal, 3:42 
WHI: Patrick 1 run (pass failed) 0:37

                     White       Red
First Downs ........... 17         9
Yards Rushing ......... 74        54
Yards Passing ........ 242       220
  Comp-Att-Int ... 13-31-2    9-24-1
Punts-average .... 10-41.2   11-31.0
Fumbles lost ........... 1         0
Yards penalized ....... 61        63

  WHI: Orduna 18-123, Davis 12-35, Vactor 8-16.
  RED: Green 14-98, Smith 15-25.

  WHI: Patrick 11-28-2 216, Dvorsak 1-2-1 81; Hacias 1-1-0 8.
  RED: Sigler 3-16-1 104, Wenner 3-8-0 116.

  WHI: Penny 3-102, Frost 3-45, Ingles 3-64/
  RED: Lowe 6-152, Ziegler 2-57.



Huskers put on aerial show in spring finale

Nebraska wound up spring football practice on a rousing, bomb-filled note. The Whites scored in the final minute with the aid of a pass interference call to pull out a 26-24 victory over the Reds.

After the hitting concluded, Coach Bob Devaney commented: “I think this was one of our better offensive showings of the spring. We had general improvement on offense all the way around this spring, and I think we made progress in finding replacements for the middle of our defensive line.”

Three of the six touchdown plays of the day were from over 50 yards out, prompting Devaney to observe: “That’s something we didn’t have last year — the home run threat.”

Particularly outstanding was the pass receiving of Tom Penny, Rex Lowe, Guy Ingles and Larry Frost; the running of Mike Green and Joe Orduna; the kicking of Paul Rogers; and the overall play of the offensive lines and the defensive backfields.

After watching the receivers haul in 22 passes for 462 yards, ends coach Tom Osborne commented: “I think our receivers will be as good as those on any team we meet.”

Lowe caught a 66-yard TD pass, while Penney was on the TD end of a 71-yard cannon shot from Frank Patrick, who took up where he left off last fall as the Big Eight’s premium passer: 11 for 28 for 216 yards. Green blew around left end for 54 yards and a TD, and Orduna got things gong with a 26-yard dash.

Rogers gave promise of a fine field goal threat by booting 3-pointers from 37 and 49 yards out.


• Attendance was estimated at 6,000.
• The game was televised by Lincoln station KOLN.

Recap source: 1969 NU media guide

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1968 schedule
05/11White 26, Red 24
09/14WyomingW 13-10
09/21UtahW 31-0
09/28@ MinnesotaW 17-14
10/12KansasL 13-23
10/19MissouriL 14-16
10/26@ Oklahoma St.W 21-20
11/02@ Iowa St.W 24-13
11/09Kansas St.L 0-12
11/16@ ColoradoW 22-6
11/23@ OklahomaL 0-47
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