Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm / Updated at 10:40 pm
Quarter by quarter: UCLA 41, Nebraska 21

Sam McKewon and Rich Kaipust break down the key plays in the Nebraska-UCLA game, one quarter at a time.

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Shaq Evans: On UCLA's opening drive, the senior wide receiver shakes Nebraska corner Stanley Jean-Baptiste for a 33-yard gain. The Bruins fail to score on the drive, though.

Jean-Baptiste: He pays back Evans and Bruin quarterback Brett Hundley by sitting on the same route, picking off Hundley and returning the interception 38 yards to set up NU at the UCLA 28-yard line.

Quincy Enunwa: On a perfectly run fade route, the NU receiver catches an 11-yard touchdown from quarterback Taylor Martinez, whose protection holds up nicely on the blitz. The Huskers lead 7-0.

Grayson Mazzone: The UCLA receiver gets behind safety Corey Cooper and catches a 39-yard pass. UCLA is again in NU territory.

Avery Moss: The NU defensive end notches a 4-yard sack on Hundley to help stop a drive. UCLA settles for a 44-yard field goal from Ka'imi Fairbairn to cut NU's lead to 7-3.

Kenny Bell: After the Huskers start from their own 8-yard line, the Nebraska wide receiver helps get them out with an 18-yard catch-and-run.

Myles Jack: The Bruins linebacker is flagged for pass interference on third down against Enunwa. NU's drive continues.

Ameer Abdullah: On a fourth-and-1 at UCLA's 21, the Husker running back gains 4 yards. Officials appear to miss a false start on the left side of NU's offensive line.

Enunwa: He catches a slant from Martinez and leaps into the end zone for a 14-yard score. Nebraska goes 92 yards in 17 plays, an impressive, clock-eating performance.


Jamal Turner: He fails to catch a punt at his own 30. The ball then rolls inside the 5, where Turner grabs it. It's another long field for the Huskers.

Abdullah: He gets the Huskers out of their own end with an 11-yard run on third-and-7.

Anthony Barr: The UCLA linebacker had a quiet first half except for one spectacular play, when he nearly intercepts Martinez's pitch to Abdullah. The ball is punched back 20 yards, where Martinez somehow recovers it. NU punts, but it could have been worse.

Sean Covington: UCLA's punter drops the snap and is swarmed after a 12-yard loss. NU has terrific field position at the Bruin 26.

Martinez: He throws a ball high to the corner of the end zone. It lands like an egg perfectly dropped into Kenny Bell's hands for a 22-yard score. The Huskers take a 21-3 lead.

Hundley: He hits UCLA receiver Devin Fuller for 7 and then Darius Bell for 17. The Bruins march into Husker territory, but the drive dies again.

Fairbairn: He misses a 46-yard field goal wide to the right. Officials initially call it good, after which the north side of Memorial Stadium thunders its disapproval. A replay shows the ball went clearly right, officials review it, and rule correctly that Fairbairn missed it.

Hundley: After an NU punt, he picks up a crucial third down for UCLA, breaking away from the clutches of Moss and scrambling 13 yards for a first down. On the following play, he hits Fuller for a 32-yard gain.

Paul Perkins: The UCLA running back squirts 10 yards for a touchdown that gives the Bruins some momentum heading into halftime.

Fairbairn: He misses a 55-yard field goal at the gun. Nebraska leads 21-10 at the break.


Martinez: On a third-and-6 near midfield, he misses a wide-open Kenny Bell streaking down the sideline uncovered. While he throws to Jake Long for a first down, the Huskers' drive soon stalls and NU punts.

Jordon James: After tough sledding in the first half, the UCLA running back blasts free for a 38-yard gain on a draw play.

Hundley: He hits Perkins for a 20-yarder, then, on third-and-15, throws a laser to Darius Bell for an 18-yard gain. UCLA moves inside the Husker 10.

James: He squirts into the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. UCLA cuts Nebraska's lead to 21-17.

Martinez: He takes a 9-yard sack on third-and-6. Nebraska punts for the fourth straight possession.

Hundley: He throws a 12-yard dart and scrambles for 12 yards on a quarterback draw. He's rolling.

Hundley: He throws a 28-yard touchdown to Evans, a strike so well-placed — against such good coverage — that Evans doesn't even break stride or stretch out to catch it. UCLA leads 24-21.

Tyler Wullenwaber: On third down, he drops a pass that would have been a first down. Nebraska punts for a fifth straight possession.

Corey Cooper: UCLA rolls right down the field on the next drive, but the Huskers appear to force a field goal until Cooper is flagged for roughing the passer on third down. Cooper leads with his face mask into Hundley's shoulder.

Hundley: On a play-action bootleg, he throws a 12-yard touchdown pass to fullback Phillip Ruhl. UCLA now leads 31-21. And the third quarter is not over.

Brodrick Nickens: Nebraska lines up to punt, but coach Bo Pelini dials up a gamble and calls a fake — for a 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive lineman, who falls 1 yard short of the first down. NU gives the ball to UCLA at the Husker 44.

Hundley: Throws a 36-yard pass to a wide-open Evans on UCLA's first play. He then throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to Nate Iese. UCLA scores its fourth touchdown of the third quarter and takes a commanding 38-21 lead.


Abdullah: NU, down 38-21, starts the fourth with a 40-yard pass from Martinez to Abdullah. First down at the UCLA 24.

Anthony Jefferson: The NU threat stalls as Barr forces an Abdullah fumble that Jefferson recovers at the Bruins' 6.

Greg McMullen: The Husker defensive end commits one of two 15-yard penalties on NU to help sustain an 11-play UCLA drive that will chew up 6Ĺ minutes. McMullen is flagged for shoving Hundley after an incompletion.

Fairbairn: The UCLA kicker puts up the last of the Bruins' 38 consecutive points, making a 24-yard field goal with 1:53 remaining.



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