White 25
Red 21

April 27, 2024 • 11:05 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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Dylan Raiola
Freshman quarterback Dylan Raiola passes during the first quarter of Saturday’s Red-White spring game. • More photos
First quarter
RED: Janiran Bonner 16 pass from Dylan Raiola (Tristan Alvano kick) 7:02
Second quarter
WHI: Jacory Barney 41 pass from Heinrich Haarberg (Alvano kick) 11:52
RED: Jaylen Lloyd 64 pass from Raiola (Alvano kick) 11:07
WHI: Dante Dowdell 1 run (Alvano kick) 9:30
RED: Thomas Fidone 25 pass from Haarberg (Alvano kick) 6:33
Third quarter
WHI: Dowdell 49 run (Alex Bullock pass from Raiola) 5:58
Fourth quarter
WHI: Alvano 40 field goal, 4:31

                      WHITE       RED
FIRST DOWNS ............ 11        16
  By rushing ............ 5         3
  By passing ............ 9        13
  By penalty ............ 0         2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) .. 12-85     16-66
PASSING YDS (NET) ..... 180       313
  Comp-Att-Int .... 15-24-1   18-26-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ...... 36-265    42-379
K.O. Returns-Yds .... 3-103      2-46
Int. Returns-Yds ...... 1-0      1-10
Punts-Average ...... 2-38.5     0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost .......... 1-0       0-0
Penalties-Yards ...... 5-43      4-30
Possession Time ...... 15:35    20:25
Third-Down Conv. ....... 1/6      5/8
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 1/1      0/2

  WHI: Dowdell 7-76, Mazzccua 5-19, Kinchen 2-8, Dickey 1-4, Raiola 2-minus-3, Longval 1-minus-4.
  RED: W.Johnaon 5-25, Ives 8-21, Haarberg 1-17, Ruth 2-4, Raiola 1-3, K.Williams 2-0.

  WHI: Raiola 10-16-1 121; Longval 2-5-0 27; Haarberg 3-4-0 46; Kaelin 2-4-0 13.
  RED: Kaelin 7-12-1 78; Haarberg 5-9-0 117; Raiola 6-6-0 118; Woche 2-4-0 46.

  WHI: Dowdell 4-11, Barney 3-66, Bullock 2-43, Smith Flores 2-18; Bell 2-13, Flynt 1-29, D.Hall 1-13, Echternach 1-12, Mazzccua 1-2.
  RED: Bonner 4-58, Lloyd 3-97, Boerkircher 3-65, Fidone 3-45, K.Smith 2-46, Neyor 2-26, E.Johnson 2-12, Lindenmeyer 1-10.

Attendance: 60,452

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Stats & Recap

Raiola impresses in Huskers’ spring game

Fans got their first look at freshman quarterback Dylan Raiola in action as a Husker, and he didn’t disappoint in Nebraska’s Red-White spring game, throwing for two touchdowns and more than 230 yards.

In his opening drive, Raiola was 4-for-4 passing as he led the Reds on an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a gorgeous 16-yard touchdown pass to Janiran Bonner.

The Huskers’ top three QBs all had productive games, but Raiola posted the biggest numbers by hitting 16 of 22 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. He added a completion on a go-ahead two-point conversion that gave the White team a 22-21 lead midway through the third quarter. Raiola completed passes to 14 different receivers playing for both teams on a rotating basis with Heinrich Haarberg and Daniel Kaelin during the first three quarters.

Maurice Mazzccua runs for 14 yards during the second quarter. • More photos

Haarberg also was impressive, completing 8 of 13 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Haarberg did not throw an interception and added a 17-yard run. Kaelin also showed well in his first spring game, completing 9 of 16 passes for 91 yards.

The down side of the game occurred in the first half when receiver Demitrius Bell and defensive back Bly Hill were carted off the field with knee injuries.

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Dylan Raiola at times reminded me of Patrick Mahomes in his style, timing, mannerisms and ability to keep his eyes downfield at all times

HuskerMax/All Huskers

Haarberg looked noticeably improved since the end of last season, but Raiola separated himself as the probable starter.

Mike Farrell Sports

Anyone with functional eyesight could see Railoa’s skill set was simply on a different level.

Corn Nation

The quarterbacks stood out. They did it by making plays, positive plays. That’s what is going to get Nebraska back in the bowl business.

Omaha World-Herald

Haarberg looks like a completely different guy from last year. Much more confident.

Lincoln Journal Star

Overall, the roster looks more explosive and physically bigger. On the other hand Nebraska could have lost two potential starters to injuries.

Corn Nation

The question of who will be Nebraska's go-to back remains even after the spring game. But we saw flashes of hope.

Husker Corner

It was just a spring game, yes, but Raiola’s overall feel for the game set him apart.

The Athletic
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