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UCLA upends No. 16 Nebraska, 36-30

Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns while running back Johnathan Franklin finishes with 217 yards in 26 carries.

September 08, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer
  • UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria hauls in a touchdown pass in front of Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford in the second quarter Saturday.
UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria hauls in a touchdown pass in front of Nebraska… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

UCLA 36, Nebraska 30 (final)

The Bruins were able to finish off the victory over the No. 16 Cornhuskers in convincing style when Johnathan Franklin broke loose for a big gain and a first down with a minute left at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Brett Hundley, a highly touted redshirt freshman quarterback, passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns, three to tight end Joseph Fauria, and Johnathan Franklin rushed for 217 yards in 26 carries to lead the Bruins to their second consecutive victory.

Hundley completed 21 of 31 passes with no interceptions. He also rushed for 54 yards in 12 carries.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 17 of 31 passes for 179 yards with one interception. He also rushed for 111 yards in 13 carries, scoring a touchdown.

Ameer Abdullah led the Cornhuskers (1-1) with 118 yards in 16 carries, scoring twice.

UCLA 36, Nebraska 30 (1:38 left to play)

The Cornhuskers got a 40-yard field goal from Brett Maher to close their deficit to a touchdown.

But the Bruins recovered the onside kick and can run out the clock with a first down since Nebraska only has one timeout left.

UCLA 36, Nebraska 27 (2:13 left in the fourth quarter)

It's all but over now after Johnathan Franklin took a short pass and turned it into an eight-yard touchdown play to help give the Bruins a nine-point lead.

Nebraska was trying to drive into UCLA territory with less than three minutes to play when Andrew Abbott intercepted a pass by Taylor Martinez to put the Bruins in control of the clock and the game.

They wasted no time driving into scoring position before Brett Hundley connected with Franklin.

UCLA 29, Nebraska 27 (6:49 left in the fourth quarter)

UCLA wasted another scoring opportunity when freshman Ka'imi Fairbairn missed his second field-goal attempt of the game, this one from 34 yards.

Johnathan Franklin broke off a 54-yard run on a lateral play.

Franklin has rushed for 192 yards in 24 carries.

UCLA 29, Nebraska 27 (8:44 left in the fourth quarter)

Datone Jones of UCLA burst through the line to drop Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez in the end zone for a safety to give UCLA the lead.

UCLA had decided to punt the ball on fourth and one from the Nebraska 42. Jeff Locke's punt gave the Cornhuskers' the ball on the five-yard line.

That's when Jones charged through the Nebraska line as Martinez was faking a handoff.

Nebraska 27, UCLA 27 (12:12 left in the fourth quarter)

Nebraska started the fourth quarter on its own nine-yard line and drove to the Bruins' 19 when Mike Marrow was dropped for a one-yard loss on third and one.

Brett Maher, who had made two long field goals, missed on a 37-yard attempt.

Johnathan Franklin of UCLA has rushed for 138 yards in 23 carries.

The attendance at the Rose Bowl was announced as 71,530.

Nebraska 27, UCLA 27 (end of the third quarter)

The third quarter has ended, and UCLA's defense has begun to have success stopping Nebraska's ground attack. Linebacker Jordan Zumwalt dropped Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for a loss to force a punt in the quarter.

UCLA drove to the Nebraska 20 and tried a fake field goal on fourth down. A pass from Richard Brehaut fell incomplete.

Nebraska 27, UCLA 27 (7:45 left in the third quarter)

Brett Maher's second long field goal of the night, this one from 43 yards, has allowed Nebraska to tie UCLA.

A 15-yard facemask penalty on UCLA cornerback Aaron Hester on a third-down incompletion helped the Cornhuskers keep the drive alive.

UCLA 27, Nebraska 24 (11:50 left in the third quarter)

On the first offensive play of the third quarter, Tevin McDonald of UCLA recovered a fumble by Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah on UCLA's 27-yard line.

The Bruins ended up settling for a 22-yard field goal by Ka'imi Fairbairn to take the lead.

Richard Brehaut replaced Brett Hundley at quarterback after Hundley injured his right ankle on a nine-yard run. Brehaut threw three consecutive incompletions after UCLA had a first and goal at the Conrhuskers' four.

Hundley has returned to the field for UCLA.


Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley left the game with a right ankle injury.

Trainers are taping the ankle on the sidelines.

Richard Brehaut is in at quarterback.

Hundley injured his leg at the end of a run in Nebraska territory. As defenders converged to stop him, he appeared to try to slide underneath them but his cleats caught in the ground.

Nebraska 24, UCLA 24 (halftime)

UCLA called two timeouts trying to rattle Nebraska kicker Brett Maher, but he boomed a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter to send both teams into the locker room with the score tied at halftime.

Nebraska's defense stopped Johnathan Franklin on a third-and-one play from the UCLA 19 for no gain to force a punt with 40 seconds left. Taylor Martinez then drove the Huskers from the Nebraska 42 to the UCLA 21.

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