Skip to content

UCLA makes all the adjustments in blowout win vs Huskers

UCLA v Nebraska Getty Images

UCLA scored a late touchdown in the first half to cut the Nebraska’s halftime lead from 21-3 down to 21-10. After a sluggish start, that touchdown allowed the Bruins to get to halftime with a little less pressure on them. UCLA also made the adjustments. The Bruins outscored the Huskers 28-0 in the third quarter and made it look as easy as that number would indicate. From there, the Bruins were set to score a bit of a statement with a 41-21 win at Nebraska.

UCLA was dominant after digging an early hole, perhaps a result of flying east to play an early game when the bodies were still on west coast time. As well as UCLA played, Nebraska played just as poorly. Quarterback Brett Hundley got off to a rough start but ended his day completing 16 of 24 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 61 yard on the ground and running back Jordan James led the Bruins with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown. The defense also cranked it up in the second half, limiting Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah to 98 yards and not allowing a rushing touchdown. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez had a solid first half with three touchdown passes but he and the entire Huskers offense stalled in the second half. Nebraska had to punt four times, lost a fumble and turned the football over on downs in the second half. Nebraska managed to put together just 140 yards of offense in the second half, 69 of which came on the lone promising possession that ended with a lost fumble. UCLA had over 200 yards of offense in the third quarter alone.

You can say a lot about UCLA’s ability to dig deep and gut this win after the week the team combined with having to play an early game on the road. But looking at the big picture for the Bruins, this could just be the next building block to emerging as a top threat out of the Pac 12.

Does this make UCLA the team to beat in the Pac 12? Not yet, but this is a pretty significant performance that could make them he obvious team to beat in the Pac 12 South. UCLA has played in the Pac 12 Championship Game each of the first two years it has existed and they could very well be on their way to a third trip. UCLA’s schedule is going to be challenging moving forward. Back-to-back games on the road in mid-October at Stanford and Oregon should not be wished on anyone, but UCLA has shown they can go on the road and compete in a big game and they are only improving.

Nebraska will get a chance to regroup a little bit next week with one more home game before hitting the bye week. South Dakota State will visit Lincoln next week, which would normally be penciled down as an automatic win. Unfortunately for Nebraska, South Dakota State entered this weekend ranked sixth in the FCS rankings, so the match-up may not be quite the pushover contest we typically expect when a power program takes on an FCS squad. Given the track record of some of the ranked FCS teams this month, who knows?

Permalink 8 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big Ten Conference, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Pac-12 Conference, Rumor Mill, Top Posts, UCLA Bruins
8 Responses to “UCLA makes all the adjustments in blowout win vs Huskers”
  1. huskerguy says: Sep 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    Fire the DC Now! Don’t wait til tomorrow or the end of the year. The guy’s ego just may be bigger than Pelini’s. he won’t adjust because it was working.

    Don’t give me the “we are young” crap. That’s been said for at least 4 years now. Time to adjust and get better or move on.

    Embarrassing… The team, school and fans deserve better.

  2. lanzurrah says: Sep 14, 2013 4:36 PM

    Wasn’t the Nebraska coaching…UCLA is simply more talented. They’ve been raking in big time recruits the past few years.

  3. shadowcell says: Sep 14, 2013 5:05 PM

    Man, Stanford and Oregon back to back on the road. That’s cruel.

  4. ukeone says: Sep 14, 2013 5:21 PM

    Total embarrassment! How could the Huskers go from a 21-3 lead and control of the game to a TOTALLY MIND-BOGGLING COLLAPSE? Hide your heads in the sand, Huskers (coaches, players & especially Martinez), ’cause it looks like we’re all headed for a very long and fruitless season. ‘huskerguy’ was absolutely correct in saying that we all deserve better…much better, in fact. Likewise, the coaching staff also needs to put down their ‘friendship and support’ among themselves and do what is best for the team and university by making ‘necessary changes now’ before the season gets out-of-hand (we’re starting to look & sound like the University of Texas). And, the press (AP) was absolutely correct (after all) for rating the Huskers @ 23rd because they were not convinced Nebraska deserved any better…and they were totally correct because the way I see it, even that was an ‘overly-generous’ ranking. This is mediocrity, fellas…Callahan-style!!! Wake-up, already!

  5. tg1896 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:59 PM

    One of the best measures of a coach is third quarter performance. Congrats to Jim Mora. Maybe he can remove the stench that emanates from USC.

  6. huskerguy says: Sep 14, 2013 6:55 PM

    The purpose of a coach is to teach and to place players in the position to succeed. This did not happen after halftime. The DC is an egomaniac and everything is the refs fault. The team succeeded in the first half because they were positioned right and played well.

    As usual, after half they stuck to the game plan and didn’t do anything to make UCLA guess. I was calling the plays from my couch. It was that obvious for a fan that has followed for 40 years.

    Just a follow up on rated recruiting classes… Ask ND how that turns out. They had one good season last year in 10 years and why?!? Good coaching. Osborne had 20th rated classes for years and succeeded yearly. Why? Good coaching.

    Put them in places to succeed in the classroom and the field.

    Hats off to UCLA.

  7. jdillydawg says: Sep 14, 2013 11:45 PM

    Good to see UCLA making their way to the top again. I like dem Bruins!

  8. Anoesis says: Sep 15, 2013 2:11 AM

    Don’t know exactly what happened in those respective locker rooms at halftime, but what a turnaround.

    Hats off to the Husker nation for their acknowledgement of the death of UCLA’s Nick Pasquale last Sunday. Nebraska’s play might be a bit of a disappointment, but the players and fans are all class.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!