Tommy Armstrong passed for 102 yards and a touchdown and King Frazier ran for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Nebraska Spring Game Saturday afternoon before 60,174 fans at Memorial Stadium. The Red squad beat the White 30-21.
Armstrong played six series in relief of starter Taylor Martinez and completed 5-of-7 passes. The redshirt freshman's touchdown pass was a well-placed 37-yarder that hit Alonzo Moore in stride along the sideline.
Coach Bo Pelini said after the scrimmage that Armstrong would go into the fall as Martinez's top backup. "He's a tremendous leader. His understanding of the offense is very good. He's obviously a very talented young man. He has to continue to work on his technique, especially his footwork. Success as a quarterback comes from footwork. He has work to do in that area as most young guys do, but I saw him get better as the spring went on."
Ron Kellogg III, the No. 2 quarterback last season, was 11-for-12 for 148 yards and a score.
The afternoon had a touch of emotion when 7-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska ran onto the field. He took a hand-off 69 yards for a touchdown with players mobbing him in the end zone.
"Obviously, Jack's a young man who has touched the hearts of a lot of people," said Pelini. "Our football team and the student body have gotten behind him and he's become a big part of the team. We weren't sure if he was going to want to do it. We brought the idea to his dad and I thought it was a pretty special thing."