White 21
Red 7

Apr. 22, 2023 • 1 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
WHI: Timmy Bleekrode 49 field goal, 10:55
WHI: Spencer Pankratz 38 field goal, 4:02
WHI: Gabe Ervin 7 run (Heinrich Haarberg
 pass from Jeff Sims) 2:19
Second quarter
WHI: Jeff Sims 7 run (Bleekrode kick) 7:11
RED: Michael Booker 53 fumble return (Pankratz kick) 3:34

                         WHI       RED
FIRST DOWNS ............. 18         8
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) .. 48-146     23-46
PASSING YDS (NET) ...... 154       105
  Att-Comp-Int ..... 27-13-1   27-13-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ....... 75-300    50-151
Fumble Returns-Yds ..... 0-0      1-53
Punt Returns-Yds ...... 1--3       0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yds ... 2-43      5-85
Int. Returns-Yds ....... 1-0      1-28
Punts-Avg ............ 0-0.0    2-37.0
Fumbles-Lost ........... 4-2       4-4
Penalties-Yds ......... 3-15      4-25
Possession Time ...... 38:57     21:03
Third-Down Conv. ...... 5/17      3/12
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 2/5       2/6

WHI: R.Johnson 6-35; Grant 14-34; Ervin 8-20; Haarberg 7-19.

RED: Allen 7-18; Purdy 4-17; E.Brown 1-7; E.Johnson 3-6.

WHI: Sims 9-13-0 139; Haarberg 2-9-0 -1.
RED: Torres 9-18-1 66; Purdy 4-9-0 39.

WHI: Boerkircher 3-44; Washington 3-42; Kemp 2-39; Thompson 1-15.

RED: Hahn 2-27; Allen 2-22; Goodwin 2-14; Luben 2-10.

Attendance: 66,045

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Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

White squad prevails in first spring game of Rhule era

The Whites downed the Reds, 21-7, in Saturday’s Red-White spring game, a contest marred by eight turnovers.

All the scoring came in the first half as the Whites built a 21-7 lead and the Reds got their only score on a long fumble return.

Jeff Sims led all quarterbacks, completing 9 of 14 passes for 139 yards. The Georgia Tech transfer also had 14 rushing yards.

Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich was honored at halftime, when it was revealed that the Huskers’ new locker room will be named in his honor.

Omaha World-Herald*
Lincoln Journal Star*
Hail Varsity*
More sources
Salute to Solich
Pregame & team info
Frank Solich flashes a smile as he’s honored at halftime.



It was a day for re-introducing the fullback. It was a day for clearing away rubble and pouring foundations.

All Huskers/HuskerMax

New defensive coordinator Tony White has some material here. Same goes for new offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, especially at quarterback.


How much can we really take from an intrasquad game where every positive has to correspond with a negative?

Hail Varsity

Can a school forgive itself? This was a Nebraska spring game like no other. Call it an Exorcism. A Revival. An Awakening.

Omaha World-Herald

In a spring game that could have been the Matt Rhule Show for his first rodeo as NU’s skipper, the day instead focused on Solich as the Huskers’ guest of honor. That’s the way Rhule wanted it.

Lincoln Journal Star

At times, the football was ugly. But the Huskers’ top offensive and defensive units performed well, considering they’ve operated in these new systems for only 15 practices.

The Athletic
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