A crowd of more than 60,000 took in Saturday's annual Red-White spring game at Nebraska. Those fans saw great performances by the offense and a sluggish effort by the defense as the Red team defeated the White, 32-25.
Starting quarterback Taylor Martinez was solid, completing eight of 10 passes for 105 yards and a 45-yard touchdown to fullback C.J. Zimmerer. But he did show some regression in his passing mechanics.
Backup signal-callers Ron Kellogg III and Tommy Armstrong Jr. stole the show. Armstrong looked impressive running the option, while Kellogg showed off great arm strength and accuracy.
Running backs Imani Cross and King Frazier both ran for touchdowns for their respective teams. Once Ameer Abdullah returns, Nebraska could have one of the best backfields in the Big Ten.
But the defense, which is attempting to replace eight starters, will have to improve in pass coverage and generating pressure on the quarterback. The Cornhuskers' defenders are fortunate that the regular season is still four months away.
The exhibition contest also featured a special moment, as seven-year-old Jack Hoffman, a cancer patient who has formed a bond with the team, was allowed to break off a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.