The offense put on a show in Nebraska’s annual Red-White Spring Game, scoring 62 total points against the Husker defensive units. The game featured most of the first-team players on the Red team, leading the Red squad to a 55-7 victory over the White team.
The final practice session of the spring was played in front of 78, 312 fans at Memorial Stadium. The crowd was the second largest to watch a Nebraska Spring Game. Head Coach Mike Riley called it a “postcard day.”
Quarterback’s Tanner Lee and Patrick O’Brien combined for 24/38 passing for 324 yards and four touchdowns, while splitting time on the Red team. Lee led the way with 190 yards passing and three touchdowns himself.
“I think I did pretty good,” said Lee after the game. “There were some throws I should have made. I had a few touchdowns and we were scoring points, so I’m happy with that.
Riley says the coaching staff will conduct a review of spring football, but didn’t set a specific timeline for naming a starting quarterback to head into the season.
“This week will be kind of a summary time for us,” Riley said. “We will have discussions about our team and I’m sure that will be one of the talking points.”
The Husker defense played their strategy close to the vest, showing very little of the changes expected to be made under new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.
“This game now, being on TV like it is just becomes another evaluation scouting tool for all of our opponents next year,” Riley said. “So there was no way we wanted to do anything out of the box at all.”
Junior linebacker Luke Gifford had two highlight plays defensively for the Red team. Gifford forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, then intercepted a pass with one hand on the next possession.
Nebraska has now completed its 15 practices in the spring season and will move into summer conditioning before fall camp, which will start in August. The Huskers open the 2017 season against Arkansas State on September 2.