1955 SPRING GAME
In a game marred by 18 fumbles, halfback Don Comstock starred as his Red team downed the Whites, 14-7, in the 1955 spring game.
Comstock scored the winning touchdown in the third quarter on a 14-yard run around right end. He also had a 41-yard pass reception, a 90-yard punt return that was nullified by a clipping penalty, and a game-sealing interception as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Coach Bill Glassford called it a "typical spring game" that showed there was "a lot of work to do" before the season opener in September against Hawaii.
"Fumbling hurt us a lot, but our ball handling will iron out," he said. He said the players showed "good hustle."
There were eleven fumbles by the White and seven by the Reds.
Rex Fischer quarterbacked the Reds. He scored the game's first touchdown and "led the Red offense well," according to the Lincoln Journal and Star.
Halfback Sylvester Harris scored the Whites' touchdown on a 24-yard run around right end, and his 28-yard pass reception from Gene Sandage helped set up the score.
Because it had been postponed by a week due to poor weather, the game took place during the university's spring break. Attendance was estimated at 4,000.
April 2, 1955
Whites .......... 0 7 0 0 - 7
Reds ............ 7 0 7 0 - 14
RED - Rex Fischer 1 run (John Edwards kick)
Drive: 14 yards following WHI fumble
WHI - Sylvester Harris 24 run (Harshman kick)
Drive: 69 yards
RED - Don Comstock 14 run (Edwards kick)
Drive: 38 yards following WHI fumble
Ends: Butherus, Braley, Kleiber, Hilding,
Still, H.Smith, Francis.
Tackles: Peterson, Stapleton, Fleming,
Thoda, Del Duca, Hoelting.
Guards: Kampe, Sandowski, Lair, Schnase,
Murphy, Yuss, Kelly, Thomsen.
Centers: Berguin, Lyall, Prusia.
Backs: Fischer, J.Smith, C.Smith, Comstock,
Nappi, Long, Green, Edwards, Harman, Hart,
Johnson, Scherer, Wilson.
Ends: Hewitt, Edwards, Lux, Cupper,
Howerter, Krumel, Deines, Westervelt.
Tackles: Wheeler, Neal, Beddeo, Erickson,
Guards: Taylor, Pugsley, Jones, Mcintyre,
George, Bayer, Tomlinson.
Centers: Torczon, Post.
Backs: Harshman, Englert, O'Hanlon, Toms,
Harris, Pickering, Heinz, Flynn, Brown,
Coffey, Carlson, Sandage, Van Haaften,