Huge Third Quarter Helps UCLA Bruins Rally Past Nebraska Cornhuskers

By Tyler Brett
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Early on, it looked like the Nebraska Cornhuskers were going to dominate the UCLA Bruins, jumping out to a 21-3 first half lead. Nebraska was doing just about anything they wanted to and UCLA couldn’t get on track, looking lost and overmatched at just about every turn. But the Bruins made the adjustments they needed to in a major way and pulled away from the Huskers with 28 points in the third quarter.

The rally for UCLA started at the end of the second quarter when Brett Hundley scrambled for a huge first down that kept their drive alive. The Bruins would go on to score and cut the halftime deficit to 21-10 before the break. That play seemed to spark the entire UCLA team and they came out in the third with a renewed purpose and took it to the Blackshirts, piling on four touchdowns, including three touchdown passes from Hundley.

Nebraska seemed to take their foot off the pedal on defense, allowing Hundley to sit in the pocket and have as much time as he wanted to pick apart the Huskers’ secondary. Their decision to become less aggressive with their pressure and simply contain Hundley to the pocket backfired in a major way as the Bruins’ sophomore found his rhythm after starting the game extremely off-target.

Defensively, UCLA solved the Nebraska offense and began to take the game to the Huskers. They pushed back the line of scrimmage, containing the power running game that had hurt them early in the game and forced Taylor Martinez to make some tough plays, which he came up short on. After giving up the quick 21 points in the first half, the Bruins’ D locked it down and didn’t give up a single point in the second half.

The win is huge for a young UCLA team coming off an emotional week to establish their mental toughness as they prepare to defend their Pac 12 North title. This signature road win will be huge for the confidence of Hundley and the entire Bruins team as they move into huge conference showdowns later in the season.

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