Reds 43
Whites 21

Apr. 27, 1991 - 1 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Whites 14 0 7 0 21
Reds 14 7 0 22 43

1991 spring game photo, Calvin Jones and Curtis CottonCalvin Jones breaks a tackle attempt by Curtis Cotton. · Lincoln Star · Newspapers.com

First quarter
RED: Derek Brown 44 run (Byron Bennett kick)
WHI: Keithen McCant 1 run (kick failed)
RED: Ray Reifenrath recovered fumble in end zone (Bennett kick)
WHI: Joel Cornwell 15 run (Duane Wiles pass from Cornwell)
Second quarter
RED: Tom Haase 12 run (Bennett kick)
Third quarter
WHI: Vincent Hawkins 3 pass from Mike Grant (Pat Specht kick)
Fourth quarter
RED: Haase 1 run (Brown run)
RED: Nate Turner 53 pass from Haase (Bennett kick) 
RED: Kyle Emsick 3 run (Bennett kick)

                     WHI       RED
First downs ......... 19        28
Rushes-yards .... 42-147    59-345
Passing yards ...... 141       220
  Comp-Att-Int ..15-31-0   14-24-0
Total offense ... 73-288    83-565
Return yards ........ 20        37
Punts ........... 6-46.7    3-37.7
Fumbles-lost ....... 0-0       1-0
Penalties-yards ... 5-50      3-30

RUSHING
WHI: C.Jones 13-99;  M.Jones 2-31; Cornwell 1-15; Blatny 1-8; Baldwin 5-9; Hawkins 1-3; Fiala 1-3; Glantz 1-2; McCant 8-(-1); Lamme 1-(-1); Mitchell 1-(-4); Grant 7-(-17).

RED: D.Brown 12-131; Haase 14-65; McMillen 4-50; Schlesinger 3-22; Lewis 5-17; Achola 6-17; Emsick 3-10; Cornwell 1-8; Williams 3-8; Lindquist 1-5; Grant 1-4; Nance 1-4; Gries 2-3; Johnk 1-2; Turner 1-1; McCant 1-(-12). 

PASSING
WHI: McCant 5-10-0 65; Grant 5-12-0 42; Gragnano 3-5-0 20; M.Jones 1-2-0 10; Cornwell 1-2-0 4.

RED: Haase 10-16-0 162; Cornwell 2-2-0 34; McMillen 1-2-0 17; Grant 1-2-0 7; McCant 0-1-0 0; Lindquist 0-1-0 0.

RECEIVING
WHI: Hughes 3-44; Werner 2-25; Seizys 2-15; Fleischman 1-12; Vedral 1-11; Armstrong 1-10; Hawkins 2-9; Wiles 1-8; Mitchell 1-17; Rader 1-0.

RED: Turner 3-82; Leise 2-33; Schepers 1-27; Medley 1-17; Achola 1-16; Dowse 2-14; L.Lewis 1-9; McDuffy 1-8; D.Brown 1-7; Shaw 1-7.

Attendance: 23,102

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Recap

Huskers display new wrinkles on offense

I-back Derek Brown rushed for 131 yards and quarterback Tom Haase accounted for three touchdowns as the Reds topped the Whites, 43-21, in Nebraska’s spring game.

Some new wrinkles on offense were on display, including a spread formation with only the I-back behind the quarterback, a trips set with three wide receivers on one side of the field, and a greater emphasis on short passes to backs and receivers in the flat.

Haase completed 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards. Keithen McCant was 5 of 11 for 65 yards, and Mike Grant was 6 of 14 for 49 yards. Returning starter Mickey Joseph sat out with a sore shoulder.

“I think we’ll have four guys who can play pretty well in a ballgame right now,” coach Tom Osborne said afterward. A starter isn’t likely to be named until after fall camp, he said.

Wingback Nate Tuner had 154 all-purpose yards, including 82 on three pass receptions. He might have topped 200 yards if a clipping penalty hadn’t nullified his 59-yard punt return.

I-back Brown’s 131 yards came on 12 carries. He scored the Reds’ first touchdown on a 44-yard run.

Redshirt freshman Calvin Jones gained 99 yards on 13 carries despite playing most of the day against the No. 1 defense.

    NOTES

  • There were no turnovers, which Osborne said may have been a first for a spring game.
  • Fullback Lance Lewis did cough up the ball near the goal line, but his teammate Ray Reifenrath covered it in the end zone for the Reds’ second touchdown.
  • Osborne said he’d like to see a better pass rush from the defensive line.
  • The Reds’ John McMillen, a junior reserve quarterback, broke loose for what would have been an 85-yard run if not for a clipping penalty on the 19 that brought the ball back to the 34.
  • Former Husker fullback Tom Rathman was on hand to help with the halftime anti-drug pledge.

1991 spring game photo, Travis Hill & Keithen McCantTravis Hill takes down quarterback Keithen McCant. · Sioux City Journal · Newspapers.com

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