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Watch UCLA's Brett Hundley score on his first college play [Video]

August 31, 2012|By Baxter Holmes and Houston Mitchell

First-year offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone wanted Johnathan Franklin to run the ball to start the game. Instead, on the play — a zone-read option — Hundley put the ball in Franklin's hands, then pulled it out.

"Another example of overcoming your coach," Mazzone said, laughing.

Hundley said he didn't know how he split two nearby defenders, but he did, then ran down the right sideline, picking up a key block from receiver Shaquelle Evans to score.

"I didn't know he was that fast," Mazzone said. "I should call that play more often."

"It hasn't hit me," said Hundley, who completed 21 of 28 passes for 202 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to go with 68 total rushing yards after sitting out last season. "Probably when I get on the plane, I'll be like, 'Wow, the first-ever play of my college career was a touchdown!' "

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