At times, negative emotion can ruin a certain football teams’ season. For instance, a death of a close teammate or coach can oftentimes derail an otherwise talented group. However, the UCLA Bruins are using the surprising death of 20-year-old walk-on Nick Pasquale as motivation and not as an excuse. UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. has been in tight spots before, but getting his players ready for this week’s game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers had to be tough.
Well, whatever Mora said obviously worked.
Despite jumping out to a 21-3 first-half lead, Nebraska would allow the Bruins to score 38 unanswered points and cruise to a 41-21 road victory. It’s safe to say that Pasquale is smiling down after a win like this one.
The heavyhearted Bruins were likely too wrapped up in off-the-field issues to get off to a good start on Sunday, which is definitely understandable. With that being said, UCLA came storming back and quarterback Brett Hundley was a big reason why — Hundley tossed three third-quarter touchdowns and finished the day with 294 passing yards.
Pasquale’s legacy will forever live on for the Bruins, but how fitting would it be if this UCLA team was able to make its way all the way to the PAC-12 championship game? It’s a realistic goal for Mora’s squad, as the conference just isn’t as stacked as years prior and the 16th-ranked Bruins are cooking with gas as of late.