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Hoffman leads way in Nebraska Spring Game

Jack Hoffman takes the handoff from Taylor Martinez in the fourth quarter. Jack Hoffman takes the handoff from Taylor Martinez in the fourth quarter.

If you were looking for a standout, stand-up get, out of your seat and cheer as wildly as you can moment during Nebraska's spring game, it came in fourth quarter with an incredible run by Jack Hoffman.

The 7-year old, who's battled brain cancer, entered the Red-White game in the fourth quarter.

Facing 4th-and 1, Taylor Martinez handed the ball off to Hoffman, who made one cut, turned up field and raced 69 yards to paydirt.

Both benches cleared as Hoffman crossed the goal line to give the Red squad a 32-25 lead.

He also ended the game as Nebraska's leading rusher.

"He did a great job, though," senior fullback CJ Zimmerer said after the game.  "We wanted to get him around the edge and give him a nice lane to the end zone.  He did a great job running his little legs there. He's fast for a little guy."

Zimmerer was Hoffman's lea blocker.

"It was cool that Coach Bo called a play for him," Running backs coach Ron Brown said.  "He got to enjoy a thrill of lifetime.  It was great to see the fans into it as well."

Nebraska opens the season August 31st against Wyoming.

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