Riley gearing up for first Red-White game

New Nebraska head coach Mike Riley is excited for his first Red-White game on Saturday.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said his team’s first Red-White game will feature 20-minute quarters on Saturday with a running clock.

Riley talked about what he can learn from a glorified scrimmage.

“For some guys, it is about the reaction to a crowd—how they handle that, I think that is good, so we will learn a little about that,” Riley said. “Really, besides learning, it is just letting guys finish plays, finish tackles, as you know we have limited the amount of ‘full-time’ scrimmages we have had this spring. Just give them a chance to play football.”

Riley said the quarterbacks will be likely live in Saturday, but could change his mind as the day approaches. Neither team will run a fully installed playbook and the head coach says they will look to protect their players from injury.

“This will be my first time—my first picture of what this football deal looks like, I have been impressed with that at the baseball games, basketball games,” Riley said. “I mean the crowds, the enthusiasm for the event, every time there seems to be a game going on here—it is a big deal. I like that, people care and they love their team. I think that is just awesome.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Nebraska expects to have over 70,000 paid fans in attendance.

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