Reds 64
Whites 21

May. 8, 1971
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Whites 0 0 14 7 21
Reds 13 31 0 20 64
First Quarter
RED: Bill Olds 1 run (PAT no good) 10:22
RED: Jeff Kinney 4 run (Al Pieratt kick) 8:26
Second Quarter
RED: Gary Dixon 2 run (Pieratt kick) 11:18
RED: Al Pieratt 37 field goal, 6:53
RED: Woody Cox 58 pass from Steve Runty (Pieratt kick) 3:10
RED: Joe Blahak 91 punt return (Marv Ebers kick) 0:53
RED: Jerry List 10 pass from Runty (Ebers kick) 0:00
Third Quarter
WHI: Frosty Anderson 37 pass from Dave Humm (Tom Catlett kick) 13:10
WHI: Brent Longwell 10 pass from Humm (Bill Allheiligan kick) 5:47
Fourth Quarter
RED: Johnny Rodgers 18 pass from Jerry Tagge (Pieratt kick) 11:29
RED: Bob Terrio 29 pass interception (Catlett kick) 10:30
WHI: Mike O'Halleran 3 run (Catlett kick) 7:46
RED: Olds 1 run (kick failed) 2:33

                       WHI      RED 
First downs ........... 17       21 
  Rushing .............. 7        9 
  Passing .............. 9       12 
  Penalty .............. 1        0 
Rushes-Net Yds .... 47-105   45-154 
  Yards Gained ....... 147      165 
  Yards Lost .......... 42       11 
Passing Yards ........ 174      343 
  Comp-Att-Int ... 12-40-1  18-25-0 
Total offense ..... 87-279   70-497 
Int. returns-Yds ..... 0-0     1-29 
Punts-Average ....... 8-33     3-35 
Punt Returns-Yds ..... 1-8    5-131 
K.O. Returns-Yds .. 10-254     1-41 
Penalties-Yds ....... 5-52     7-45 
Fumbles-Lost ......... 1-1     2-2
WHITES
RUSHING    Att.     Yds.    TD     Long
Humm         7        2      0       10
Davis        2      -12      0        3
Damkroger   13       34      0       11
Butts       12       37      0        9
Goeller      1       -1      0       -1
Powell       3        2      0        4
Hughes       1        7      0        7
O'Halleran   8       36      1        9
Totals      47      105      1       11

PASSING    Att. Comp. Int.   Yds.  Long
Humm        30     9    1    168     37
Davis       10     3    0      6      5
Totals      40    12    1    174     37

RECEIVING   No.     Yds.    TD     Long
F.Anderson   2       45      1       37
Hughes       2       47      0       24
Linder       1       12      0       12
Butts        2       38      0       22
Hill         1        4      0        4
O'Halleran   1        5      0        5
Longwell     2       26      1       16
Britt        1       -3      0       -3
Totals      12      174      2       37

ALL RETURNS   Punts    K-offs     Ints.
Butts                   5-152          
Powell                  2-33           
Hughes                  2-45           
Britt                   1-24           
Garson         1-8                     
REDS
RUSHING    Att.     Yds.    TD     Long
Kinney       8       30      1        6
Olds         6       13      2        6
Tagge        4       -3      0        3
Carstens     6       34      0       12
Dixon       17       49      1        8
Runty        1       12      0       12
Coleman      2       21      0       18
Schmit       1       -2      0       -2
Totals      45      154      4       18

PASSING    Att. Comp. Int.   Yds.  Long
Runty        9     7    0    146     47
Tagge       13     9    0    189     59
Coleman      3     2    0      8      4
Totals      25    18    0    343     59

RECEIVING   No.     Yds.    TD     Long
List         3       75      1       47
Rodgers      3       35      1       18
Kinney       3       82      0       59
Cox          4       87      1       58
Lackovic     4       55      0       40
Schmit       1        9      0        9
Totals      18      343      3       59

ALL RETURNS   Punts    K-offs     Ints.
Rodgers        4-40     1-41           
Blahak         1-91                    
Terrio                            1-29 

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Records fall as Reds romp in spring game

An all-time high crowd of more than 18,000 fans were on hand on a bright, sunshiny spring afternoon for the annual All Sports Day scrimmage. The fans in the stands and those listening to the play-by-play broadcast throughout the state were treated to the biggest offensive explosion in history.

In all, ten records were broken and two others tied as the Reds, boasting the number one units on offense and defense at the close of spring drills, romped past the Whites, 64-21. Powered by the running of Jeff Kinney and Gary Dixon and the pinpoint passing of Jerry Tagge and Steve Runty, the Reds marched to a 44-0 half-time lead.

One of the high points of the day came with 53 seconds left in the half when Joe Blahak broke loose on a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. That broke the old record by 40 yards.

Of the records broken, eight were team records. Only Blahak’s punt return and Al Pieratt’s five PAT kicks were new individual marks. With that kind of balance and overall team strength, the 18,000 Big Red fans went home to mark each of the 127 days remaining until the 1971 season opener against Oregon, September 11.

Recap source: 1971 media guide

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Daily Nebraskan
1971 schedule

1971 schedule

05/08 Reds 64, Whites 21
09/11 Oregon W 34-7
09/18 Minnesota W 35-7
09/25 Texas A&M W 34-7
10/02 Utah St. W 42-6
10/09 @ Missouri W 36-0
10/16 Kansas W 55-0
10/23 @ Oklahoma St. W 41-13
10/30 Colorado W 31-7
11/06 Iowa St. W 37-0
11/13 @ Kansas St. W 44-17
11/25 @ Oklahoma W 35-31
12/04 @ Hawaii W 45-3
01/01 Alabama W 38-6
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