NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at UCLA|
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: UCLA 36, (16) Nebraska 30
Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) - Brett Hundley had four touchdown passes as
UCLA took a 36-30 win over 16th-ranked Nebraska in a non-conference thriller
at the Rose Bowl.
Hundley went 21-for-33 with 305 yards and Johnathan Franklin amassed 217 yards
on 26 carries while Joseph Fauria caught two scores for the Bruins (2-0), who
took their opener against Rice last week.
"It's a heck of a win for our program," UCLA coach Jim Mora said. "We have to
learn from it. We had critical penalties that could hurt us, but we overcame
it. We'll enjoy it for 24 hours and then turn our thoughts to Houston."
Taylor Martinez was 17-for-31 with 179 yards and an interception, and added
112 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown for the Cornhuskers (1-1), who fell
to 15-3 in non-conference games under head coach Bo Pelini.
"Not good enough," Pelini said of Martinez's play. "But I can say that about
every guy that walked out on that field tonight. I don't think anybody played
The game was tied at the break and Nebraska received the kickoff, but Ameer
Abdullah fumbled it and UCLA recovered at the Nebraska 28.
The Cornhuskers defense, though, bailed the team out and held UCLA to a 22-
yard field goal from Ka'imi Fairbairn for a 27-24 lead.
An exchange of punts saw the Cornhuskers get the ball back at their own 38 and
take the ball down to the UCLA 26 where Brett Maher kicked a 43-yard field
goal to tie the game with under eight minutes to play in the third.
The Bruins got into the Cornhuskers red zone, but stalled at the Nebraska 20
and lined up for a field goal. They opted for the fake, but Richard Brehaut's
pass to Fauria was incomplete.
The offenses stalled over the next couple of drives, but the Cornhuskers got
into scoring position early in the fourth and attempted a 37-yard field goal,
but Maher hooked it just left.
The Bruins had to punt from just past midfield and pinned Nebraska at its own
On the first play, Datone Jones busted through the middle and read a fake
handoff perfectly. He zeroed in on Martinez and nailed him in the end zone for
a safety and a 29-27 lead with under nine minutes to play.
The Bruins were unable to add to their lead after the free kick as Fairbairn's
34-yard attempt was off the mark.
Each team then punted the ball with Nebraska getting the ball back at its own
20. However, on the second play, Martinez was picked off by Andrew Abbott, who
returned it 24 yards to the Nebraska 16.
That led to a 9-yard touchdown catch by Franklin from Hundley for a 36-27
lead with 2:13 to play.
Thanks to a good return and personal foul call to UCLA, the Cornhuskers got a
40-yard field goal from Maher to make it a one-score game with 1:38 to play,
but UCLA recovered the onsides kick attempt and ran out the clock.
Fairbairn missed a 36-yard field goal on UCLA's first touch and Nebraska had
to punt after a three-and-out.
The punt, however, was shanked and went just 13 yards to give the Bruins the
ball at the Nebraska 27. The next play saw Hundley and Fauria connect for a
The Cornhuskers answered on their next touch as a 6-play, 75-yard drive was
capped on a 6-yard touchdown run by Abdullah to tie the game with seven
minutes left in the first.
Later in the first, Nebraska got the ball back at its own 4-yard line. On the
second play, Martinez kept the ball himself, bursted through the line and out-
raced everyone down the left sideline on a 92-yard score to give the team a
UCLA answered with a 12-play drive that covered 58 yards, but it stalled at
the Nebraska 17 and Fairbairn booted the ball through the uprights from 35
yards out to make it a 14-10 game.
The Bruins held Nebraska and got the ball back at their own 42. On the first
play, Franklin took the ball 36 yards, which helped set up a 4-yard catch by
Fauria from Hundley to give the team a 17-14 lead with just under eight
minutes to play in the second.
Nebraska, though, answered on their next touch and Abdullah finished the
7-play, 87-yard drive with a 17-yard run for a 21-17 lead with five minutes
The scores kept coming when Hundley hit Steven Manfro in-stride near the
Nebraska 20 and he took it into the end zone on a 49-yard score with under
four minutes to play.
Following an exchange of punts, Nebraska had the ball at its own 38 with 40
seconds to play. Three straight passes got the ball down to the UCLA 21, but
Martinez was sacked for a 16-yard loss on the next play. After two straight
UCLA timeouts in an attempt to ice the kicker, Maher booted a career-long 54-
yard field goal to tie the game at the break.
Nebraska still leads the series with UCLA, 6-5. The last time the two schools
met was in 1994 when second-ranked Nebraska posted a 49-21 victory at home ...
Abdullah finished the game with 119 yards on 16 carries ... Kenny Bell led
Nebraska receivers with six catches for 108 yards ... The teams combined for
1,092 yards, 653 from the Bruins.
09/09 02:17:31 ET