Quarterback Brett Hundley stresses game prep

New Mexico State has not reached a bowl game since 1960, the longest streak in FBS football. It has finished with a winning record just three times in the past 34 seasons — a stretch that spanned membership in four different conferences. Under new head coach Doug Martin, it has lost its first three games by a combined 93 points.

Hardly the challenge Nebraska posed in Lincoln last week, but Brett Hundley said he needs to help make sure the Bruins don’t let up before Saturday’s game against the Aggies — currently listed as 42-point underdogs. As one of the team captains, the quarterback said he would be responsible for making sure younger players don’t relax in the days ahead.

“All these teams are big-time people,” he said. “They may not look the best. Their record may not show it, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to take them just like we came out for Nebraska.”

Hundley also addressed freshman safety Tahaan Goodman’s public frustrations. In a since-deleted tweet on Sunday, Goodman wrote in part: “I guess I aint good enough and havnt been working hard enough to touch the field.”

“We’ll sit down and have a talk or something like that,” Hundley said. “At the end of the day, you come from being a top athlete, to now playing in college, where everybody came from being a top athlete. You’re competing against the best of the best …

“You’ve got to understand that not everything will be the way you want it to be.”

– Hundley praised how precocious some of the freshmen were, most notably right guard Alex Redmond and linebacker Myles Jack. “Myles Jack is a straight monster on the field,” he said. “He’s going to be a fun one to watch.”

Head coach Jim Mora said Jack will play some offense down the line. Continue reading

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UCLA revs up offense after slow start

LINCOLN, Neb. — After an abysmal first quarter, UCLA was lucky to be down just 11 points heading into halftime.

The Bruins had made crucial mistakes and gifted Nebraska short fields, whether by interception or bobbled punt. Memorial Stadium, known for hosting one of the toughest home crowds in college football, looked to be wearing down on the visitors.

But when the clock ran down, UCLA walked out with a 41-21 blowout, its small pockets of fans cheering loudly as players and coaches ran past them into the tunnel.

How did it happen, the shift from sluggish to superlative? The Bruins took a big breath.

“We came in at halftime, just told kids, ‘Hey relax. I’m just going to call base plays. Just do what you guys do,’” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. “Our whole motto is play to the next play. We’re going to snap it once, play, forget about it, and just play the next one. Live in the moment of each play.” Continue reading

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VIDEO: Bruins, fans celebrate 41-21 blowout at Nebraska

UCLA fans made up only a small portion of the record 91,471 at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon, but made up for it with the noise they made after the game. The few hundred in the corner chanted as the Bruins ran past them and through the tunnel, many stopping to exchange high fives over the fence. Nebraska fans, to their credit, almost all stayed to the final buzzer.

Here’s the game story from the win.

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Nebraska presents mental challenge for Bruins

Less than a week after losing a beloved teammate, UCLA will step back into competition with aching hearts. Waiting for them is Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, the home of sold-out, 80,000-plus crowds.

“I don’t know that we could find a more difficult situation,” head coach Jim Mora.

The Cornhuskers have already extended their sympathies for the Bruins’ recent tragedy. Early last Sunday morning, walk-on receiver Nick Pasquale was killed by a car while walking in his hometown of San Clemente.

Both UCLA and Nebraska will have his No. 36 added to their uniforms, and the stadium will take moment of silence before the 11 a.m. CST kickoff.

Once the ball flies into the air, however, Mora expects the fans in Lincoln to erupt.

“It’s still going to be a hostile environment,” he said. “When the game starts, it’s going to be they want to win and we want to win, and their fans are going to be cheering like crazy for them. We have to be able to handle all of that.” Continue reading

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Bruins’ kickoff at Nebraska scheduled for 9 a.m. PT

Another kickoff time has been scheduled, and this one isn’t ideal for UCLA.

Jim Mora’s team will play Nebraska at 9 a.m. PT on ABC. Such an early game time throws a wrench into the Bruins’ routine, which hardly helps going into their toughest nonconference tilt. UCLA enters the season as arguably the Pac-12 South favorite, but is tasked with a brutal slate that includes back-to-back trips to Stanford and Oregon.

Four UCLA games have been officially scheduled. You can see the full list after the jump. Continue reading

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