LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Mike Riley shelled out the official rules for the spring game after practice on Thursday.
For the Red-White game on Saturday, players will be split up into two teams which will be selected by the coaches on Friday. It is safe to assume one team will be redshirt junior QB Tanner Lee’s, and the other redshirt freshman QB Patrick O’Brien’s. The teams will be mixed with first and second-team players.
The Red-White game will be live football and will be split into 4 quarters. The first half will run like a regular game, with a pair of 15 minute quarters and the clock stopping when it usually would. The second half will also be 2 quarters but feature a running clock.
There will be a little bit of special teams but no live work there, Riley said. After scores, senior K Drew Brown will kick field goals. Brown will also do some kickoff, but there won’t be any returns.
Riley wants sophomore P Caleb Lightbourn to get in 4 or 5 punts, but again there won’t be a live return.
It will be real, live football for everything except for the quarterback. The officials will rule if there is a sack.
“Which is always interesting,” Riley said. “Somebody will argue. That’s just a given.”
The scoring will be like a regular game as well.
The game will kick off around 1 p.m. local time Saturday in Memorial Stadium. More than 70,000 tickets have already been sold.