With four UCLA wide receivers suspended and senior Nelson Rosario limping with an ankle injury, former walkon Jerry Rice, Jr., had little time to adjust to his first major game action. Rice Jr. caught two passes for 17 yards, both second on the team to Rosario’s five catches for 56 yards, eliciting chants of “Jerry! Jerry!” from a crowd that clearly remembered the name.
“I was trying to zone in,” Rice said. “I didn’t hear it. What I did was take advantage of my opportunity and make sure I knew what to do in every situation. My goal was to get a win and start off 1-0 in my college career.”