Reds 20
Whites 17

Apr. 20, 1996 - 1 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Whites 7 7 0 3 17
Reds 3 3 8 6 20
First quarter
RED: Kris Brown 26 field goal, 9:53
WHI: James Sims 2 run (Ted Retzlaff kick) 6:42
Second quarter
RED: Brown 25 field goal, 9:35
WHI: T.J. DeBates 18 pass from Monte Christo (Dan Hadenfeldt kick) 4:30
Third quarter
RED: Damon Benning 87 punt return (Jon Vedral pass from Scott Frost) 4:12
Fourth quarter
RED: Brown 23 field goal, 14:10
WHI: Retzlaff 30 field goal, 5:30
RED: Brown 25 field goal, 0:03

                     WHI      RED
First downs           10       13
Rushes-yards      47-102    46-93
Passing yards        129      116
  Comp-Att-Int    9-20-1   7-20-1
Total offense     67-231   66-209
Return yards          44      126
Punts-Avg.        7-45.1   5-46.8
Fumbles-lost         1-0      5-2
Penalties-yards    13-99     7-49

Attendance: 48,659
 
RUSHING
WHI: Ben Kingston 10-56; James Sims 12-31; Monte Christo 5-16; Steve Raymond 6-12; Jeff Perino 14-(-13).

RED: Scott Frost 19-50; Ahman Green 11-25; Matt Turman 6-9; Damon Benning 6-6; Brian Schuster 3-4; Josh Cobb 1-0.

PASSING
WHI: Jeff Perino 5-11-0 66; Monte Christon 4-9-1 63.

RED: Scott Frost 4-14-1 44; Matt Turman 3-6-0 72.

RECEIVING
WHI: T.J. Debates 2-46; Sean Applegate 2-26; Billy Haafke 2-17; Ryan Held 1-33; Steve Raymond 1-6; James Sims 1-1.

RED: Brendan Holbein 3-72; Jon Vedral 2-35; Ahman Green 1-5; Jeff Lake 1-4.

ADDITIONAL STATS

Coverage

Recap

In somber spring finale, defenses are dominant

Defense dominated a Red-White scrimmage held two days after the death of former Husker quarterback Brook Berringer in a plane crash.

Kris Brown’s 25-yard field goal in the closing seconds lifted the Reds to a 20-17 win. It was Brown’s fourth field goal in as many tries.

The Reds had the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense, while the Whites had the No. 1 defense and the No. 2 offense. In eight series between the top units, the offense managed zero touchdowns, 28 yards rushing in 28 tries and 81 yards through the air on 4-of-10 passing. Fifteen of the 38 plays between the No. 1 units failed to produce positive yardage. The only offensive touchdowns came when the Nos. 2 and 3 units were paired. For the game, the Reds were held to 93 rushing yards on 46 attempts.

The Reds got their only touchdown when I-back Damon Benning bobbled a third-quarter punt, picked up the ball and scooted 87 yards to paydirt. The ensuing two-point conversion tied the score at 14, and the teams then traded field goals before Brown kicked the game-winner with three seconds left.

A somber atmosphere prevailed before kickoff despite the record 48,659 in attendance. A 3½-minute film devoted to Berringer was shown on the stadium screens. Redshirt freshman Jeff Perino, who had worn Berringer’s No. 18 all spring, switched to No. 5 for the game out of respect.

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1996 schedule
04/20 Reds 20, Whites 17
09/07 Michigan St. W 55-14
09/21 @ Arizona St. L 0-19
09/28 Colorado St. W 65-9
10/05 Kansas St. W 39-3
10/12 Baylor W 49-0
10/19 @ Texas Tech W 24-10
10/26 Kansas W 63-7
11/02 @ Oklahoma W 73-21
11/09 Missouri W 51-7
11/16 @ Iowa St. W 49-14
11/29 Colorado W 17-12
12/07 Texas L 27-37
12/31 Virginia Tech W 41-21
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