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UCLA defeats Nevada in season opener, 58-20

August 31, 2013|By Mike Hiserman
  • UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley breaks away to score a first-quarter touchdown against Nevada on Saturday.
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley breaks away to score a first-quarter touchdown… (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles…)

UCLA has finished off an impressive season-opening win over Nevada, 58-20, at the Rose Bowl Saturday night.

The Bruins broke open a close game with two quick touchdowns early in the third quarter and were all but unstoppable after that.

Quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 33 passes -- to 10 different receivers -- for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for two touchdowns, gaining 61 yards in eight carries.

Jordon James led the rushing attack with 155 yards and a touchdown in 21 carries. Shaquelle Evans had six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown and gained 52 yards on two punt returns.

Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, a junior from Anaheim Servite High, kept the Wolf Pack in the game for a while with a tough and athletic performance.

He completed 19 of 32 passes for 164 yards and ran 22 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

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UCLA 58, Nevada 20, 7:50 left in fourth quarter

New quarterback, a third-team running back, couple of new linemen ... and the beat goes on.

UCLA cannot be stopped. At least not by Nevada.

Malcolm Jones scored from one yard out -- his second rushing touchdown in a little more than two minutes.

The 33-yard drive was set up by a 33-yard punt return by Shaquelle Evans.

Backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel connected with Logan Sweet on a 21-yard pass that set up Jones' scoring run.

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Jerry Neuheisel now into the game at quarterback for UCLA.

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UCLA 51, Nevada 20, 10:06 left in fourth quarter

Malcolm Jones has come all the way back.

The former Gatorade national high school player of the year left UCLA's program before last season; asked to come back as a non-scholarship player before this season; and earned a scholarship with his work during spring and summer training camps.

Now he's made the end zone.

Jones took a short pass from Brett Hundley and burst loose for 25 yards, looking fast and strong.

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UCLA 44, Nevada 20, 12:07 left in fourth quarter

UCLA is doing Chandler High in Arizona proud.

The Bruins just scored on an all-Chandler High drive, with two graduates of the school -- Brett Hundley and running back Paul Perkins -- doing all the damage.

Perkins, a redshirt freshman, scored on a three-yard run and also had gains of two and 45 yards on the drive.

Hundley had a three-yard run and completed two passes for 32 yards.

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UCLA 37, Nevada 20, 14:25 left in fourth quarter

As good as UCLA and Brett Hundley look, there is another very impressive quarterback performing at the Rose Bowl tonight.

Cody Fajardo, a junior from Anaheim Servite, has kept this from being a total blowout.

Farjardo just scored on a run for the second time tonight, this time on a 19-yard run.

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