UCLA pays tribute to Nick Pasquale

Updated: September 22, 2013, 8:24 AM ET
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UCLA honored late receiver Nick Pasquale by running its first play Saturday night against New Mexico State with just 10 players.

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Don Liebig-Pool/Getty ImagesUCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. (far left) and AD Dan Guerrero (far right) honor the family of late Bruins receiver Nick Pasquale at Saturday night's game.

Pasquale was hit by a car and killed Sept. 8 while walking in the early morning. He was 20.

"Our 11th guy out there was Pacman, and the players were fired up about doing that," UCLA coach Jim Mora said, using Pasquale's nickname.

The 13th-ranked Bruins sent 11 offensive players out to the huddle, but then called receiver Shaquelle Evans off the field. Running back Jordon James rushed for a 4-yard gain on the play.

"I was pretty honored to do it," Evans said. "I loved Nick. Our whole team loved Nick."

Bruins players, including star quarterback Brett Hundley, dedicated last weekend's win against Nebraska to Pasquale.

On Saturday night, the entire UCLA roster arrived at the Rose Bowl wearing the same No. 36 T-shirts that were sold to fans, with all proceeds going to the Nick Pasquale Foundation.

Pasquale's parents and brother joined Mora and athletic director Dan Guerrero for an on-field ceremony after the first quarter. They stood next to Pasquale's name and No. 36, painted on the Rose Bowl turf near the spot where Pasquale lined up for his first play with the Bruins in last month's win against Nevada.

Pasquale, a redshirt freshman, walked on at UCLA last fall after playing at San Clemente High School, where he was a three-year starter. The 5-foot-7 receiver earned the nickname Pacman from his teammates while participating on the scout team in practices last season and again this past summer.

"It's amazing to honor him like that," said sophomore running back Steven Manfro, who caught a TD pass and rushed for another score. "This game, this whole season is for him."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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