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Reds 43, Whites 21

Spring game: April 27, 1991
 

I-back Derek Brown rushed for 131 yards and quarterback Tom Haase accounted for three touchdowns as the Reds topped the Whites, 43-21, in Nebraska's spring game.

Haase completed 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards. Keithen McCant was 5 of 11 for 65 yards, and Mike Grant was 6 of 14 for 49 yards. Returning starter Mickey Joseph sat out with a sore shoulder.

"I think we'll have four guys who can play pretty well in a ballgame right now," coach Tom Osborne said afterward. A starter isn't likely to be named until after fall camp, he said.

Wingback Nate Tuner had 154 all-purpose yards, including 82 on three pass receptions -- one of them a 53-yard connection from Haase for a touchdown. Turner might have topped 200 yards if a clipping penalty hadn't nullified his 59-yard punt return.

I-back Brown's 131 yards came on 12 carries. He scored the Reds' first touchdown on a 44-yard run.

Redshirt freshman Calvin Jones gained 99 yards on 13 carries despite playing most of the day against the No. 1 defense.

Some new wrinkles on offense were on display, including a spread formation with only the I-back behind the quarterback, a trips set with three wide receivers on one side of the field, and a greater emphasis on short passes to backs and receivers in the flat.

NOTES: There were no turnovers, which Osborne said may have been a first for a spring game. ... Fullback Lance Lewis did cough up the ball near the goal line, but his teammate Ray Reifenrath covered it in the end zone for the Reds' second touchdown. ... Osborne said he'd like to see a better pass rush from the defensive line. ... The Reds' John McMillen, a junior reserve quarterback, broke loose for what would have been an 85-yard run if not for a clipping penalty on the 19 that brought the ball back to the 34 yard line. ... Former Husker fullback Tom Rathman was on hand to help with the halftime anti-drug pledge. ... The official attendance figure was 23,102.