UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Devin Fuller


Receiver Devin Fuller led the team with 48 yards and a touchdown, but could have topped 100 with three scores if quarterback Brett Hundley had hit him on a couple of open routes.

“We missed a deep one today,” Fuller said. “I normally will run under those in practice, but today he had a little umph on it. We’ve just gotta hit those in practice a little bit more and hopefully they’ll come in the game.”

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Randall Goforth


Safety Randall Goforth’s six solo tackles tied a career high, matching his output against Nebraska in 2012 in his second game as a true freshman. The sophomore also tacked on a pair of pass breakups and a forced fumble against New Mexico State.

Asked if he thought it was his best game as Bruin, Goforth said: “I don’t know, really. I just go out there and do my job. We schemed for them pretty well this week, so my job was to just go out there and play fast.”

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Anthony Barr


New Mexico State quarterback King Davis III didn’t throw a single pass on his team’s first drive. Yet, the Aggies easily got three first downs, with tailback Brandon Betancourt running for four, six, five, eight, and seven yards, and Davis adding another seven.

“I think we were playing a little too aggressive,” UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr said. “We had a pretty good idea what they were going to. We recognized the formation and what the play-call was going to be, and we tried to jump the gun a little bit.”

The Bruins stuffed the drive soon after that, forcing punt to the 14-yard line. The Aggies finished with 21 first downs, far behind UCLA’s school-record 39.

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Steve Manfro


The first time he touched the ball on Saturday, Steve Manfro ripped off a 70-yard kickoff return — the team’s longest in nearly two years. On his first three plays from scrimmage, the sophomore totaled 53 offensive yards, bumping UCLA’s lead to 21-0 with a 20-yard touchdown catch and a 12-yard scoring run.

“Whatever I can do to help benefit the team, whether that’s on special teams, offense or whatever,” Manfro said. “I’m just trying to help the team and do whatever I can.”

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UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13: Noel Mazzone


Despite not looking seamless on offense, UCLA romped for a school-record 692 yards. The star quarterback had an uncharacteristically rough day, missing receivers and throwing two interceptions in the red zone. Tailback Jordon James also had a fumble at the five-yard line on the Bruins’ opening drive.

“Anytime you have three turnovers in the red zone, we had some penalties — holding penalties, some offsides — yeah, I’m not happy about that.” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. “But (Hundley) made some good plays for us. To me, it was kind of an inconsistent night for us offensively.”

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Notes and quotes: UCLA 59, New Mexico State 13

– UCLA set the school record in total offensive yards (692) and first downs (39), despite the Bruins having a fairly uneven game on that side of the ball. Brett Hundley threw two red-zone interceptions and missed at least two sure touchdowns to receiver Devin Fuller. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 280 yards and three scores.

“At one point, I just told him to pull the trigger,” head coach Jim Mora said. “He looked hesitant and he’s got to move through that. He had good numbers, but numbers aren’t always the true story.”

The sophomore moved to eighth on UCLA’s all-time passing list with 4,588 career yards. Immediately ahead of him is Wayne Cooks’ 4,723. Hundley is also eighth in total offense (5,100), behind Troy Aikman’s 5,294.

– Receiver Nick Pasquale, killed by a car on Sept. 8, was honored with a moment of silence before the game, one followed by fans cheering loudly and waving the 30,000 free blue towels passed out at the Rose Bowl. On UCLA’s first offensive play of the day, the Bruins lined up with 10 men, leaving a spot open for Pasquale.

His family received a framed jersey between the first and second quarters.

“I don’t think we can ever do enough to honor Nick Pasquale and his family,” Mora said. Continue reading

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Running updates: No. 13 UCLA vs. New Mexico State

Final: UCLA finishes with a 59-13 win over New Mexico State, covering the 42.5-point spread. Malcolm Jones punched in a pair of three-yard touchdowns, dragging two or three defenders on his first one. Walk-on quarterback Mike Fafaul also made his first career appearance, replacing Jerry Neuheisel with roughly two minutes left in the game. The crowd let out a loud “Awwww” as Fafaul took a knee near the goal line to end the game.

Aggies quarterback Andrew McDonald broke the shutout with an easy pass to Adam Shapiro, a play on which cornerback Priest Willis tripped and fell behind in coverage. The Aggies scored their second touchdown on a four-yard run by Brandon Betancourt, but couldn’t get the extra point with with 7:51 left to go.

Third quarter: Brett Hundley throws his second red-zone interception of the game, bumping his season total to three. Continue reading

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