Nebraska retro: Huskers feature run in spring game

Updated: April 15, 2006, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bill Callahan used his first two spring games at Nebraska to show off the passing game in his West Coast offense.

Callahan and the Cornhuskers went old school Saturday, featuring that one-time Nebraska staple -- the running game.

Cody Glenn ran 16 times for 98 yards and Marlon Lucky 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Red squad to a 35-7 victory in the Red-White Game before a Memorial Stadium crowd of 57,415 that included about 80 prospective recruits.

The Red team was made up of the top offense and defense, and the quarterbacks wore green jerseys to signify they were off-limits for contact.

The Huskers had come into spring practice looking to improve a rushing game that ranked last in the Big 12 in 2005. Callahan said after the game that he was satisfied the Huskers have begun making strides in that area. The Reds totaled 219 yards rushing.

"We've got young backs who needed this type of atmosphere, this type of pressure, to compete in,'' Callahan said. "They all stepped up and competed well.

"We still wanted to get our throws in and work on our protection game, but we really wanted to test our young backs and see how they held up.''

Zac Taylor completed 14-of-21 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.

"I didn't ask him to do a lot,'' Callahan said. "I just wanted him to manage the offense, get the guys in and out and make simple, routine throws. I wanted him to feed the ball to those young backs.''

Backup quarterback Harrison Beck, who has had a sore right (throwing) shoulder, didn't play. That left Joe Ganz to lead the White squad in the first half. He hit just 4-of-13 passes for 14 yards. Ganz quarterbacked the Reds in the second half, going 1-for-6 for 11 yards.

Callahan said Beck threw well in Thursday's practice, but he struggled in warmups Saturday.

"It was really a sad sight for me to see Harrison go out in the warmup and not be able to even flick the ball with his wrist. He was pushing it,'' Callahan said. "Hopefully we can get him ready to go by training camp.''

Tight end Matt Herian, who hadn't played since breaking his leg in the middle of the 2004 season, had one pass thrown his way. He couldn't reel in the ball in the end zone.


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