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Sports Wild game satisfies NU Osborne is pleased with the performance of the offense and defense.

Mitch Sherman

Issue date: 4/28/97 Section: Sports
A solid offensive and defensive showing left the
Nebraska football team with a happy coach and 42,018 fans
with an exciting finish Saturday in the Red-White Game at
Memorial Stadium.
Despite completing just 3 of 16 passes before halftime,
quarterback Scott Frost led the Red Team (No. 1 offense and
No. 2 defense) to a pair of long first-half scoring drives
and a 31-7 lead at the break. The White Team (No. 2 offense
and No. 1 defense) stormed back in the second half but fell
just short when a last-minute drive stalled, sealing the Red
Team's 34-28 victory.
"Overall I thought everybody tried hard," said NU Coach
Tom Osborne, who watched the 49th annual Red-White Game from
his traditional perch in the press box. "Scott Frost didn't
complete a whole lot of passes, but he had most of them
close and he was under a whole lot of heat."
Frost finished the day 7 of 27 for 109 yards, and five
NU quarterbacks completed just 16 of 47 passes. But Osborne
left the final practice of his 25th spring as NU's head man
pleased with the offensive and defensive improvement this
month.
"We shouldn't see a whole lot better people on both
sides of the ball than we saw today," he said. "We were
anxious to see how they reacted under those circumstances."
Shevin Wiggins delighted the crowd less than three
minutes into the game when he returned a Jesse Kosch punt 79
yards to put the White Team up 7-0. I-back Ahman Green --
who led all rushers with 96 yards on 12 attempts -- answered
two plays later, taking a Frost pitch 67 yards down the east
sideline.
"I just blinked my eye and he was by us," rush end
Grant Wistrom said of Green's run, which set up a 2-yard
Frost dive that tied the game at seven.
The Red Team moved ahead for good with 14:14 to play in
the first half on an 11-play, 64-yard drive capped by a
5-yard Frost run. Quarterback Monte Christo then added a
4-yard touchdown run, and reserve fullback Jeremy Stanislav
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