After losing roommate and UCLA’s all-time leading rusher Johnathan Franklin, quarterback Brett Hundley couldn’t have asked for a better start with his new tailbacks. Led by Jordon James’ 155 yards, the Bruins racked up 345 on the ground — their highest single-game total since Oct. 2, 2010.
“It was huge,” Hundley said. “JJ did an amazing job. Paul Perkins, (Steve) Manfro — all three of our backs, you just put them in and they’ll work. They’ll do what they need to do.”
The second-year starter also admitted to some first-game jitters. Those dissipated quickly, though: “After you get smacked around a couple of times, I was pretty relaxed.”