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1960 spring game

Coach Bill Jennings called it an “awfully ragged” performance after the Varsity struggled to put away the Alumni in the 1960 spring game.

Jennings didn’t like that his defense dropped potential interceptions and that the offense had trouble sustaining blocks.

Even though they had practiced just once, the Alums “put the Varsity through a physical wringer that must have removed any premature plaudits about things to come next fall,” the Sunday Journal and Star’s Dick Becker wrote.

The Varsity had just one sustained scoring drive. Starting at its own 40, the Varsity moved to the 2 yard line with the help of passes from Ron Meade to Pat Salerno for 14 yards and to Bill “Thunder” Thornton for 12 yards. Thornton plunged in from the 2 early in the second quarter.

Meade completed 6 of 10 for 104 yards and was named the Varsity’s most outstanding player. That honor for the Alumni went to quarterback Sam Vacanti, who lettered in 1946 and ’47.

This was not the end of spring drills. Jennings said he was “glad we have another week to work.”

LJS: 1, 2, 3, 4

Varsity 14
Alumni 0

May 7, 1960
Lincoln, NE
Alumni           0    0    0    0   -    0
Varsity          0    7    0    7   -   14

Second Quarter
VAR - Bill Thornton 2 run (Ron Meade kick) 14:37
      Drive: 9 plays, 60 yards
Fourth Quarter
VAR - Noel Martin 8 run (Meade kick) 14:07
      Drive: 2 plays, 17 yards after fumble recovery 

                          ALUMNI    VARSITY
First downs ................. 11         16
Total offense ........... 51-217     66-322
Rushing att.-net yards .. 31-128     45-205
 Rush. yards gained ........ 144        224
 Rush. yards lost ........... 16         19
Passing yards (net) ......... 89        117 
 Att-Comp-Int ........... 20-9-4     21-7-1 
Fumbles ...................... 5          7

Attendance: 6,500 (est.)
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