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(16) UCLA (1-0) at (23) Nebraska (2-0)



Saturday, September 14, 12 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Phil Neuffer, Associate College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: In what will no doubt be an emotional contest on Saturday, the UCLA Bruins will battle the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a clash of Top 25 teams at Memorial Stadium.

Though UCLA won its first game of the season, the team suffered a tragic loss earlier this week. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale was killed in a car accident on Sunday morning.

Somehow the Bruins must now turn their attention to Lincoln where a big hurdle awaits. UCLA has been off since its season-opening win against Nevada on Aug. 31 in which the Bruins posted a 58-20 decision in the Rose Bowl. Though idle this past weekend the Bruins managed to inch up the most recent AP Top 25 and are now sitting at No. 16 in those rankings.

It was business as usual for the Cornhuskers in their second game of the season. Led by dynamic quarterback Taylor Martinez, Nebraska rolled up 479 yards of total offense en route to a 56-13 rout of Southern Miss. Nebraska is now 2-0 for the fifth time in Bo Pelini's six seasons at the helm. Nebraska has also won 10 straight games at Memorial Stadium, where the Cornhuskers will be again in the next two contests.

A year ago UCLA defeated Nebraska, 36-30, to catapult the Bruins into the national rankings. The win tightened up the all-time series, which Nebraska leads by a slim, 6-5, margin.

Nebraska fans will remember how dangerous Brett Hundley was for the Bruins from a year ago. There did not seem to be a sophomore slump affecting the Bruins signal caller in the opener. Hundley completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 274 yards and two scores and also rushed for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

With Hundley playing at such a high level the Bruins continued their offensive success since Jim Mora took over as head coach, producing 58 points and a staggering 647 yards of total offense. Just like Hundley, the Bruins got it done through the air (302 yards) and on the ground (345).

It seems that Jordon James will be the replacement for Johnathan Franklin, who was the team's leading rusher a season ago. Against Nevada, James carried the ball 21 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. Paul Perkins had 55 yards on five rushes. For now it looks like James will get the bulk of the rushing attempts for Mora, a coach who likes to run the ball.

"(James) is the number one back. He's our starter right now," Mora said, while adding there will still be work for the rest of the Bruins running backs. "You know how we're going to play offense. We are going to roll those guys through. We will have to use multiple backs."

Shaquelle Evans got off to a fast start as he looks to build on an impressive 2012 campaign when he caught 60 passes for 877 yards. Though he did not get over the century mark in the opener, Evans hauled in a team-high six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. No other receiver on the team really made much of an impact, as Hundley connected with 12 different receivers in the win over Nevada.

While Hundley was the man everyone was watching on UCLA's offense, it was Anthony Barr that got the attention on defense. Barr played well against Nevada, collecting five tackles, while showing his patented ability to wreak havoc in the backfield as he had two stops for loss. However, it was Keenan Graham who registered two sacks and Eric Kendricks (11 tackles) who was the most reliable tackler.

As a team, the Bruins held Nevada, which ranked eighth in the country last season in total offense, to just 353 yards and 4.1 yards per play. UCLA did hurt itself by committing 12 penalties in the contest.

Pelini has his own multi-faceted quarterback in Martinez to counter UCLA's Hundley. Martinez is creeping up a number of all-time lists at Nebraska as he concludes his career. Martinez has thrown for a meager 325 yards this season but has been extremely efficient (32-of-45) and has made the most of his attempts with six touchdown passes. Where Martinez is truly at his best is making plays on the move, as he has rushed for 114 yards on the campaign and is a constant threat to tuck the ball and run.

Martinez's running ability complements the overall scheme for the Cornhuskers, who currently have four different players who have already reached the century mark in rushing. Ameer Abdullah (36 carries, 228 yards, two TDs) is the primary option, but Terrell Newby (136 yards) and Imani Cross (119 yards, three TDs) are also integral parts of the gameplan. Cross is utilized primarily in short-yardage and red zone situations.

Kenny Bell (10 receptions, 102 yards, TD) and Quincy Enunwa (eight receptions, 85 yards, three TDs) might not have eye-popping statistics, but are reliable pass-catchers when called upon.

The Cornhuskers defense showed marked improvement from week one, when it let up 30 points to Wyoming, to week two against Southern Miss. Setting the tone early with two interceptions in the first quarter, the Cornhuskers limited the Golden Eagles to 284 yards of total offense and just 16 first downs. Nebraska forced four turnovers in the game as a whole and are tied with Michigan State for the second most turnovers gained in the Big Ten. While the turnovers are great, the Cornhuskers do need to improve on getting pressure, as they have just one sack in two games.

David Santos has been reliable as a tackler for the Cornhuskers with a team- high 16. However, Josh Mitchell (10 tackles, 3.0 TFL) and Stanley Jean Baptiste (seven tackles, two INTs) have been the real playmakers on defense.

Both of these defenses are going to have their hands full against two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country. Having Barr on their side will give the Bruins a player that can keep Martinez honest, but it won't stop him entirely. Expect a high-scoring affair with the Cornhuskers edging out a victory in front of the home faithful.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 41, UCLA 38

09/11 10:41:26 ET

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6:35pm Saturday
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HOU 4
BAL 1
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KAN 1
NYY 5
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MIA 1
PIT 5
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WAS 2
CHC 3
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CWS 9
TOR 10
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COL 1
CIN 2
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PHI 4
NYM 5
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SEA 7
TAM 6
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TEX 4
CLE 3
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BOS 1
MIN 2
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SFG 6
MIL 3
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ARI 4
STL 6
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DET 1
OAK 0
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SDP 4
ANA 0
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ATL 0
LOS 8
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TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Today
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Today
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Today
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Today
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
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4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
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9:10pm Sunday
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Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
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9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
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Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
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7:00pm Friday
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TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
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DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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ILLINOIS
 
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10:00pm Friday
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10:00pm Friday
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11:00pm Friday
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UCLA
 
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