After falling behind 14-3, the Nebraska Whites scored 13 unanswered points, but Kody Spano’s one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hill with 7:28 left gave the Reds a 21-16 victory in front of 77,936 fans at 2010 Spring Game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Taylor Martinez connected on 5-of-9 passes for 79 yards in the first half and rushed nine times for 60 yards to help the Reds jump to a 14-3 lead eary in the second quarter. Two of Martinez’s completions went for touchdowns. I-back Rex Burkhead also helped the Reds on their successful early drives, carrying six times for 36 yards.
Cody Green led the comeback for the Whites hitting Will Henry on a 79-yard scoring strike down the middle of the field to pull within 14-10 with 6:13 left in the half. Green finished the day 8-of-15 through the air for 155 yards. He also rushed five times for 12 yards.
Niles Paul led all receivers with five catches for 103 yards on the day for the Whites. In the second half, an Alex Kunalic hit a 21-yard field goal to cut Reds’ lead to 14-13 with 9:29 left. The LaTravis Washington engineered an 11-play, 47-yard drive that was capped by Kunalic’s 32-yard field goal to give the Whites their first lead of the day at 16-14 with 0:53 left in the third quarter. Washington finished completing 6-of-8 passes for 65 yards, while leading all rushers for the Whites with six carries for 38 yards.
Spano then led the Reds on a 13-play, 69-yard drive in the fourth quarter. Spano went 6-for-6 on the drive, including four connections for 47 yards to Kyler Reed, and a 14-yard pass to Austin Jones and a one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hill to seal the win.
Spano finished the day 7-of-8 for 66 yards and the winning touchdown.