Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on April 21, 1996 · 25
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v - w V VTT V -V T V "V T- "T " " 'v-VTr f -"m HUSKERS Lincoln Journal Star , ; .'Page'design: Karf VogeJ Sunday. Apr 21. 1996' WW Scoring summary 4-, ft 1 (. H s: 1 , w . k I M it SpringDefense big in annual tilt Continued from Page 1C nine plays. I In the first half, the No. 1 defense counted on a tremendous rush of Grant Wistrom, Tomich, Jason Peter and Jeff Ogard, and the blitzing of middle' linebacker Jon Hesse. Through the game's first 20 minutes, the No. 1 offense had 17 plays for a total of nine, yards. The only Red score came on a 26-yard field goal by Kris Brown that concluded an opening drive that included 21 yards gained and- 25 yards of penalties against the defense. Finally,- backup quarterback Matt Turman connected with Brendan Holbein on a 59-yard bomb to set up a 25-yard field goal by Brown in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the White second team offense, against the Red second defense, managed a touchdown by James Sims, after a fumbled punt return at the Red 9-yard line. Quarterback Monte Christo then tacked on an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end T.J. DeBates to give the Whites a 144 halftime lead. Benning cruised through an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown to help the Reds get back in the game, and Brown kicked two more field goals to lift his team to the victory. For the game that produced 588 yards of offense and 74 points last year, the combined offenses were ; held to a total of 440 yards. Turman - led passers with three completions for 72 yards, while Frost hit 4-of-14 passes for 44 yards and an intercep-'. tion. Jeff Perino arid Christo threw ', for '66 and 63 yards, respectively. ; Freshman Ben Kingston led all rush- ers with 56 yards, while Frost ran for " 50 yards on 19 attempts and starting I-back Ahman Green was limited to 25 yards on 11 carries. "I think the offense needs some "t more experience together," Osborne said. "Scott Frost did a good job run-(1 ning and some throws today. He had a lot of pressure and a lot of people , . in his face." '.1 Hesse had 12 tackles and two and IZ a half tackles for loss. Tomich had one tackle for loss and shared anoth-' er with Hesse. Jeff Ogard had a .' tackle for a loss, as did Jason Peter, ; Eric Walther. and Andy Thompson j for the White defense. ; Backup rush ends Mike Rucker ; and Chad Kelsay had two more .' sacks to pace the Red defense, while V Kelsay and middle linebacker Jay " Forman led the defense with eight ;,; and seven tackles, respectively. '.K "I'm glad those guys are on my side," said Frost. "Hopefully, we ; won't have to face a team that brings the house like that next year. I! I don't think the offense is going to " see anybody tougher and anybody JJ who knows the offense as well as our ' defense does. I don't think you worry about stats and stuff when you're going against our defense. "Our rush ends come tough on ev-ery play and the middle guys I; clogged up everything in the mid-j die," he said. "This was a rough - spring and this was the best hitting all spring. The offense will come around." Tomich said he wasn't worried "," about the Nebraska offense explod-J ! ing next fall. J "We are never satisfied with anything but zero yards and zero on the scoreboard and our offense moved the ball around on us enough to im- . press me," he said. " That offense J will be good, it's just that in prac-J J tices and scrimmages, they are going against a group that wants to be the best in the world." Fall practice begins Aug. 13. The season opener is Sept. 7, in Lincoln against Michigan State. S "This was the end of 15 practices. We have 29 in the fall before we open," Osborne said. "We've got a ways to go. But for now, it' looks '.' pretty good." GDaasoaDsnDOwnsB Cffif7I) ft .1.1 ! - t , . f i ill. i t "I o o o o 1313 1 I iiia nil mm A White team rush ends Travis Toline (92) and Jared Tomich (93) force into throwing an interception in the second quarter. Spring game notes, A Red-White spring game record crowd of 48.659 enjoyed a sunny day with a temperature of 59 degrees at kickoff. The previous Spring-Game record crowd of 39,771 was established last year. Rush end Grant Wistrom appreciates the support. "That's why I'm thankful I came to Nebraska. It s something that really pumped us up to put on a good show for all those people who showed up for an event that was somewhat dampened by Brook's death." said Wistrom, referring to the tragic plane crash that killed former Husker quarterback Brook Berringer on Thursday. "That was sad. really sad. and it's something that makes you understand what really is important in life." A Brook Berringer Memorial Fund has been established at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Checks should be made out to the foundation. Donations should be sent to The Brook Berringer Memorial Fund, co the University of Nebraska Foundation, 1111 Building. Lincoln Mall, Suite 200, Lincoln, Neb. 68508. The athletic department will donate all monies from unreturned tickets from the canceled "Night of Champions" celebration. A total of 36,827 tickets were sold. The money BenningPunt return gives Reds only Continued from Page 1 C mage mood. "The defense kept the offense bottled up, and as a back that likes to make big plays, I felt a little frustrated." said Benning. a 5-foot-ll. 210-pound senior-to-be from Omaha Northwest. "We knew if we were going to have q big play it would come on special teams." The Reds featuring the No. 1 offense won 20-17 but averaged only 3.2 yards per play: the Whites were slighly more efficient at 3 4. The defense was and will be marvelous, Benning said. "I don't think anybody understands how good they can be," he said. "And the thing is. they have this attitude that complements their ability." Benning a solid No. 2 on the spring depth chart behind Ahman Green said his own attitude has improved, largely the result of his improved health. He was slowed much of last season by a pulled hamstring and an ankle sprain. Right now Benning has a sore shoulder, but it doesn't affect his speed: Benning said he is running faster than he ever has. Last month he turned in a hand-held time of 4.42 seconds for a 40-yard dash. "I think the biggest difference is 14 ' X 3ELIIfr quotes will go toward a memorial in Berringer's honor, as determined by his family. Those wishing to send cards may send them to: The Berringer Family, co the Nebraska Football Office, 217 South Stadium, Lincoln, Neb. 68508-0125. NU Coach Tom Osborne said there were three injuries of note: No. 2 weakside linebacker Ryan Terwilliger separated a shoulder; No. 1 offensive left tackle Adam Treu injured his knee, possibly suffering cartilage damage: and backup tight end Vershan Jackson injured his thumb. All three are expected back in the fall. Osborne said. Three players were held out for disciplinary reasons: No. 1 weakside linebacker Terrell Farley, backup wingback-split end Lance Brown, and backup split end Kenny Cheatham. No. 1 l-back Ahman Green wasn't fretting over the offensive woes. "If we blew through the defense, I think everybody would have been worried, including me." he said. "It's not supposed to be that way. We had only 1 5 practices with this offense. Give us 29 more (in the fall), and we II have all the changes and all the new people adjusted to each other. Timing means so much to our offense." that when I get into the open field, I'll be able to finish," he said. Benning appears to be running with more abandon than he did last year. He said that is the result of his increased confidence. At the same time, he said it helps that the coaches particularly running backs coach Frank Solich have expressed confidence in him. "I feel that every play, if given the opportunity, I can go the distance," said Benning, who rushed 63 times for 407 yards and four touchdowns last season. u month mm No Initiation F3495por month On m 12 month contract Not good with any othf otfr. Kxptrou 49O90 port court 4 7 5-5006 222 North 44th Open 24 Honrs " Days a week Nebraska us. Crcighton WEDNESDAY, April 24 68 p.m. The first 100 students at the game will receive a FREE hot dog and coke! lleOraska vs. Texas Tech SATURDAY, April 27 13 p.m. SUNDAY, April 28 Noon Sign up to win free round-trip airline tickets from American Airlines to any of their U.S. destination points. TED KIRKLmcoki Journal Star Red quarterback Scott Frost (7) Three awards were given to Huskers who completed their eligibility last season. Wingback Clester Johnson received the Native Son Award, given to the player who best exemplifies a good work ethic, competitiveness, leadership, sense of humor, pride, loyalty and a love of Nebraska. Center Aaron Graham received the Guy Chamberlin Trophy, presented to the player who has shown by play and by contributions that he is dedicated to the Cornhusker tradition. Quarterback Tommie Frazier got the Novak Trophy as the senior who best exemplifies courage and determination despite all odds, in the manner of former Nebraska All-American center Tom Novak. Backup quarterback Jeff Perino, a freshman, changed his No. 1 8 jersey before the scrimmage because that was Berringer's number. Perino wore No. 5. "I lived on Brook's couch for two weeks when, because of NCAA rules. I couldn t move into the dorms when I first got here last summer. We talked a lot about h'unting and fishing and football. He was a great role model for me. Just sitting there drinking iced tea and talking football ... I get pretty emotional about it." touchdown He wasn't the only bright spot on the special teams. Green returned two kickoffs for 64 yards, including a 40-yarder, for the Reds. Sean Wiet-ing, a junior wingback from Tulatin, Ore., returned two kickoffs for 53 yards and three punts for 34. including an 18-yarder, for the Whites. The punting was strong. The Red team averaged 46.8 yards for five punts, boosted by place-kicker Kris Brown's 58-yarder. The Whites averaged 45.1 yards for seven punts, with sophomore Brian Morro averaging 47.3 yards on three punts. w ADMISSION: $2.00 -Adult Free-UNL Student Free - Senior Citizens (62 and older) Scheduled games are weather permitting and subject to change. Please call the Ticket Office at 472-3111 for additional information. R-W How acoivd Tun toft FIRST QUARTER 3-0 Kri Brown 26 Md goal 0:53 Drive: 46 yards in 10 plays. Higlighted by Ahman Green 8 run and 1 S personal foul on defense. Scott Frost 1 0 pass to Brendan Holbein. Frost 6 run on scramble. 3-7 James Sims 2 run 6:42 Set up by recovery of Shevin Wiggins' fumbled punt at Red 9 Drive: 9 yards in 3 plays. Highlighted by Jeff Pemo 5 pass to Sean Applegate. Conversion: Ted Ftetzlaff kick. SECOND QUARTER 6-7 Brown 25 field goal 9:35 Drive: 59 yards in 7 plays. Highlighted by Matt Turman 59 pass to Holbein. 6-14 TJ. DeBates 18 pass from Monte Christo 4:30 Drive: 72 yards in 10 plays. Highlighted by Christo 28 pass to De-Bates, Christo 4. 8. 3 runs. Conversion: Dan Haoenfekit kick. THIRD QUARTER 14-14 Damon Benning 87 punt return 4:12 Conversion: Jon Vedral pass from Frost. FOURTH QUARTER 17-14 Brown 23 field goal 14:10 Drive: 49 yards in 8 plays Highlighted by Turman 9 pass to Vedral. Green 4. 10 runs. Turman 8, 6 runs. 17-17 Ted Retzlaff 30 field goal 5:30 Drive: 55 yards in 1 5 plays Highlighted by Perino 21 pass to Applegate. Ben Kingston 15, 7 runs, Steve Raymond 7 run Conversion: Brown kick. 20-17 Brown 25 field goal 0:03 Drive: 58 yards in 15 plays Highlighted by Frost 9, 4, 12. 10 runs, Frost 32 pass to Vedral. Frost 5 pass to Green. Spring Game individual stats Red Offense RUSHING No. Yds. Avg. Scott Frost 19 50 2 5 Ahman Green 11 25 2 3 Matt Turman 6 8 13 Damon Benning 6 6 10 Brian Schuster 3 4 13 Josh Cobb 1 0 0 0 PASSING No. Co. Yds. Int. Scott Frost 14 4 44 1 Matt Turman 6 3 72 0 RECEIVING No. Yds. Brendan Holbein 3 72 Jon Vedral 2 35 Ahman Green 1 5 Jeff Lake 1 4 Defense TACKLES UT AT TT Dave Jones 1 0 1 ChadBlahak 0 3 3 Dave Alderman 1 1 2 Mike Rucker 3 2 5 Jason Wiltz 2 1 3 EricWarfield 2 3 5 Chad Kelsay 5 3 8 Josh Kohl 2 2 4 Adam Treu 0 1 1 Quint Hogrefe 1 4 5 Octavious McFarlin 12 3 Mike Fullman 1 0 1 Casey Macken 2 1 3 George Dittrick 0 2 2 Brian Shaw 14 5 Brendan Holbein 1 0 1 TomJeffery 2 3 5 Russ Tessendorl 0 1 1 Eric Ryan 0 11 Chris Bassett 2 0 2 Tony Ortiz 1 0 1 Gregg List 1 0 1 Trent Gumm 0 1 1 Andy Thompson 1 0 1 Jeff Wells 2 0 2 SeanGard 0 1 1 Jason Benes 0 1 1 Anthony Tupper 0 1 1 INTERCEPTION RETURNS No. Yds. TomJeffery 1 3 Special teams PUNTING No. Yds. Ave. Jesse Kosch 2 91 45 5 Andy Bilanzich 2 85 42 5 PUNT RETURNS No. Yds. Damon Benning 5 129 Shevin Wiggins 1 -6 KICKOFF RETURNS No. Yds. 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