PASADENA -- The UCLA Bruins upset the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 36-30, Saturday at the Rose Bowl, putting to rest the notion that their opening-week performance was the result of playing a weak opponent in Rice. Here's how we have them grading out in the victory:
Brett Hundley impressed with both decision making and accuracy. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Receiver Joeseph Fauria showed what kind of weapon he can be with two touchdown receptions and the Bruins displayed the diversity in their receiving corps with eight players making a catch.
Johnathan Franklin dominated again, rushing for 217 yards in 26 carries and this time it came against an opponent nobody can label as weak. He now has 431 yards in two games and went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career. Hundley also showed effectiveness as the Bruins rushed for 344 yards in the game.
A very solid effort to hold Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez to 179 yards and no touchdowns a week after he passed for 354 yards and five touchdowns. The Bruins also sacked Martinez twice and Datone Jones tackled Martinez in the end zone for a safety. Andrew Abbott had a fourth-quarter interception with 3:07 to play that led to the game-sealing score.
Not the greatest showing for the front seven, who were plagued again by missed tackles and being out of position against the run. Nebraska finished with 260 yards on the ground, including 119 by running back Ameer Abdullah and 112 by Martinez -- another running quarterback who gave UCLA problems.
Better than last week, but there are still some issues. Ka'imi Fairairn made field goals of 35 and 22 yards, but missed from 36 and 34. All of the extra-points attempts were good, though the first was shaky. The kickoff return unit gave up a big return late that could have been costly. Jeff Locke was solid again with four punts inside the 20.
Jim Mora and his staff had the team ready for a big environment against a nationally ranked team. The offensive game plan produced 649 yards and had Nebraska on its heels. The defense that gave up only six points and 106 total yards in the second half, a sign of good adjustments after giving up 24 points and 333 yards in the first half.