Instant Analysis: UCLA 36, Nebraska 30
September, 8, 2012
By Kevin Gemmell | ESPN.com
PASADENA, Calif. -- A wild, offensively heavy affair between UCLA and Nebraska ended with a 36-30 victory for the Bruins. Here are the highlights of how it all went down:
It was over when: Safety Andrew Abbott intercepted Taylor Martinez with 3:07 left in the game and returned it to the Nebraska 16. Three plays later, quarterback Brett Hundley hit Johnathan Franklin on a 9-yard swing pass for a touchdown to put the Bruins ahead 36-27 with 2:13 to play.
Player of the game: Franklin continues to impress and pile on the yards. After posting 214 yards last week against Rice, he poured on 217 yards on 26 carries. He also caught three balls for 59 yards and a score.
Unsung hero: UCLA defensive end Datone Jones seems to be flourishing in the new 3-4 scheme. Against the Cornhuskers, he had three tackles for a loss, including a fourth-quarter safety that broke a 27-27 tie.
Stat of the game: 1,091 yards of total offense. The Bruins picked up 653, and Nebraska totaled 438.
What it means: The wrap on UCLA after last week was this: "Nice win, but it was Rice. Do it against a real team." With its victory over No. 16 Nebraska, UCLA has done it against a real team. With Utah's loss Friday night, look for the Bruins to shoot up the Pac-12 Power Rankings and re-establish the hierarchy in the Pac-12 South.