Whites 29
Reds 26

May. 1, 1976 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Whites 3 6 6 14 29
Reds 7 6 7 6 26
First Quarter
WHI: Dean Sukup, 52 field goal, 4:01
RED: Dave Butterfield, 80 punt return (Al Eveland kick) 0:00
Second quarter
WHI: Byron Stewart, 10 run (Sukup kick failed) 9:52
RED: Ron VanderMeer, 40 field goal, 1:03
RED: VanderMeer, 37 field goal, 0:00
Third quarter
RED: Monte Anthony, 1 run (VanderMeer kick)  10:07
WHI: Jim Pillen, 7 blocked punt return (Ed Burns pass to Keith Steward failed) 6:14
Fourth quarter
WHI: Mike Washington, 9 run (Stewart run) 4:42
RED: Dave Gillespie, 60 run (VanderMeer kick failed) 3:55
WHI: Kenny Brown, 21 pass from Randy Garcia (Sukup kick failed) 1:19

                       White      Red
FIRST DOWNS ............. 16       17
  By Rushing ............. 7        8
  By Passing ............. 9        8
  By Penalty ............. 0        1
NET YARDS RUSHING ...... 186      212
  Rushing Attempts ...... 46       48
  Yards Gained ......... 194      251
  Yards Lost ............. 8       39
NET YARDS PASSING ...... 182      142
 Attempted .............. 29       30
 Completed .............. 13       14
 Intercepted ............. 1        1
TOTAL OFFENE ........ 75-368   78-354
Interceptions ............ 1        1
INT. RETURNS-YARDS .... 1-12      1-9
PUNTS-AVERAGE ......... 5-42     4-35
  Had Blocked ............ 0        1
PUNT RETURNS-YDS ...... 2-14     5-71
KICKOFF RETURNS-YDS ... 4-75    6-117
PENALTIES-YDS ......... 5-37     5-53
FUMBLES-LOST ........... 3-3      2-1

Attendance: 18,135


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Recap

1976 Nebraska football spring game photoRod Stovall breaks up a pass. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

Garcia leads Whites to upset spring victory

In a game that was exciting for both the players and the fans, quarterback Randy Garcia led an inspired White team to a 29-26 upset win over the Reds in Nebraska’s annual Spring Game, before 18,135 fans at Memorial Stadium.

During the final period, the lead changed hands three times, including twice in the final four minutes of play.

With the Reds leading 26-23 with only 2:22 to play, White defensive back Paul Letcher intercepted a Tim Hager pass at the Reds’ 33 yard line. Five plays later, Garcia hit wingback Kenny Brown in the end zone with a 21-yard scoring pass with 1:19 left in the game, to give the Whites a 29-26 lead.

But it was not over, as the Reds had a chance to tie it with only 14 seconds remaining. However, VanderMeer’s 40-yard field goal attempt was wide and the Whites had defeated the favored Reds 29-26, for their second straight win. Last year, the Whites upset the Reds 20-6.

And just like last year, it was Garcia who paced the Whites. For the day, he was 9 of 17 for 129 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Brown.

LINCOLN JOURNAL & STAR: 12
Game & team info
1976 schedule
05/01 Reds 26, Whites 29
09/11 @ LSU L 6-6
09/18 @ Indiana W 45-13
09/25 TCU W 64-10
10/02 Miami W 17-9
10/09 @ Colorado W 24-12
10/16 Kansas St. W 51-0
10/23 Missouri L 24-34
10/30 @ Kansas W 31-3
11/06 Oklahoma St. W 14-10
11/13 @ Iowa St. L 28-37
11/26 Oklahoma L 17-20
12/04 @ Hawaii W 68-3
12/31 Texas Tech W 27-24
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