September 8, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (35) and linebacker Anthony Barr (11) celebrate after bringing down Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

UCLA Ousts No. 16 Nebraska In Home Opener

Bruins tailback Johnathan Franklin rushed for 162 yards on 25 carries.

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UCLA Vs. Nebraska Recap: Reaction To Bruins' 2nd Straight Win

The UCLA Bruins' victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday night was among the handful of impressive upsets on the weekend, and might have revealed a strong Pac-12 contender in the Bruins.

The guys over at Bruin Nation were quick with praise, especially for the offense, despite a game they said was "a lot closer on the scoreboard than it felt on the field at times."

The first half was all offense all the time. Brett Hundley showed why he has the potential to be the most exciting quarterback since Cade McNown. And UCLA was better just a fumble and a missed FG or we would have had a lead. Regardless the first half was a beautiful effort where the offense was a couple plays from perfect.

A defensive effort in the second half helped the Bruins complete the upset. It was a credit to the coaching staff, according to Bruins Nation.

The defense was making the big hits and the big plays, especially Datone Jones' safety and Andrew Abbott's interception. The defense held Nebraska to 6 points in the second half. A fabulous job of adjusting by the coaching staff.

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UCLA Vs. Nebraska: Bruins Upset No. 16 Huskers, 36-30

There just might be some hope emanating from Westwood. The UCLA Bruins had zero pressure coming into this game. They are unranked and most aren't expecting much from them. It's that somewhat relaxed mentality that allowed the Bruins to upset the No.16 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 36-30.

The stability at quarterback is something UCLA hasn't seen in years. Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley lead the Bruins going 21-31 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Johnathan Franklin rushed for 217 yards on 26 carries. The only downside to this game was the penalties. UCLA had 11 penalties for 126 yards total.

This is head coach Jim Mora's first year with the Bruins and he's got the team at 2-0 going into their game next week versus Houston at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins may not remain unranked, as their demolishing of Rice and the shocking win over Nebraska could have them making an appearance when the AP polls come out next week.

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UCLA Vs. Nebraska: Brett Hundley Impresses, But Bruins Tied 24-24 Against Cornhuskers

The UCLA Bruins find themselves entering halftime in a 24-24 tie against the No. 16 ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, in large part due to the play of starting quarterback Brett Hundley.

The freshman quarterback has shown no signs of struggle in what is Hundley's second career start and his first at home. He's completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts, thrown for 3 touchdowns and 201 yards in the first half against Nebraska. Running back Jonathan Franklin has helped shoulder the load with Hundley, taking 12 carries for 78 yards.

But if the Bruins want to improve to 2-0 on the season, they'll need their defensive unit, specifically their front seven, to stiffen up in the second half against the Cornhuskers. So far in the first half, Nebraska has been able to run the ball at will, averaging over 10 yards per rush attempt.

Nebraska will surely come out in the third quarter looking to ride their momentum with adjusted schemes to make life tough on the Bruins freshman quarterback.

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Nebraska Vs. UCLA 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

The UCLA Bruins will welcome in the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers to town on Saturday evening. The Bruins are coming off a 49-24 win over Rice, while Nebraska defeated Southern Miss by a score of 49-20.

The key to the game for UCLA will be containing dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez. The junior QB went off for 354 yards and five touchdowns last week, completing 26 of his 34 pass attempts. The Cornhuskers also feature multiple running backs to balance out their offensive attack; look for Ameer Abdullah, Rex Burkhead and Imani Cross to split carries out of the backfield.

This will be a tough games for the Bruins, although it is a winnable one if they are able to avoid turnovers and get their kicking game straightened out. Given the large crowd expected at the Rose Bowl, we should be in for some great football this evening.

When: Saturday, Sept. 8

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. local

TV Coverage: FOX will provide the national telecast.

Odds: Nebraska opened as 4 1/2 point favorites.

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UCLA RB Malcolm Jones To Transfer From UCLA, Per Report

UCLA running back Malcolm Jones has requested a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer, according to reports in both The Los Angeles Times and

Jones, the former Gatorade national high school player of the year as a senior at Oaks Christian high school in 2010, has struggled throughout his career with the Bruins. In this year's season opener against Rice, the 6'0'', 220-pound junior saw the field only during the game's final drive and recorded three carries for 10 yards. In his first two seasons, Jones carried the ball just 80 times for 303 yards and one touchdown.

As a highly touted recruit coming out of high school -- Jones was a consensus four-star recruit and a top-10 prospect at his position -- he never lived up to his potential at UCLA. On this year's depth chart, Jones is listed as the team's fourth option behind Johnathan Franklin, Jordon James and Damien Thigpen.

Because he played so sparingly in the Bruins' first game of the season, Jones plans to apply to the NCAA to preserve this year of eligibility, meaning he would have two years left to play. He has not yet decided on a destination or a list of schools he is considering, according to ESPN.

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College Football Picks: Experts Take Nebraska Over UCLA

One of the bigger games on the Week 2 college football schedule will feature the UCLA Bruins and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Bruins will be looking to make a statement under new head coach Jim Mora, while the Cornhuskers enter ranked No. 16 in the nation and boasting plenty of playmakers on offense.

Many football gurus from around the country have made their picks. Here they are.

Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell of ESPN's Pac-12 blog:

Kevin: Nebraska 28, UCLA 27. I saw a lot of good things out of the Bruins in Week 1. I also saw a lot of things that won't fly against the Cornhuskers. I want to pull the trigger on the Bruins, but the youth on the offensive line is still a concern.

Ted: Nebraska 35, UCLA 24. The Bruins will battle, but Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is a third-year starter who appears to have figured it all out. I want to see how the Bruins run the ball and stop the run. Of course, that's all about taking a measure of UCLA's physicality up front.

Seven of CBS Sports' college football experts made their pick. All seven took Nebraska to win, although their computer simulation of the game has UCLA coming out on top.

Stewart Mandel of

Both teams' offenses looked sharp in their openers, though the Huskers may be without star running back Rex Burkhead (MCL sprain). Nebraska has depth at that position with Ameer Abdullah (15 carries, 81 yards last week) and Imani Cross (11 carries, 62 yards), however, plus a veteran quarterback in Taylor Martinez. That's not the case for UCLA: Freshman Brett Hundley will face his first BCS opponent. Nebraska 28 - UCLA 21.

And here is SB Nation Studios' Dan Rubenstein with his picks:

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UCLA Vs. Nebraska: Jim Mora Likens QB Taylor Martinez To Jeff Garcia

As the UCLA Bruins prepare for Saturday's game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, UCLA head coach Jim Mora is preparing for the difficulties brought forth by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.

When asked about Martinez at Wednesday practice, coach Mora compared him to a young Jeff Garcia, knowing that he can always get the job done.

"Most people that are motivated by external things, I don't know if that's real competitive desire," Mora said. "This guy is a great competitor, regardless of whether or not he wanted to go to school here or not. I compared him to Jeff Garcia, who was one of the fiercest competitors I've ever been around. They are kind of the same stature, people questioned their arm strength. Jeff had a great career in the NFL and played in the Pro Bowl. Taylor is a lot like that. People have questioned his arm, but I think he proved on Saturday that he can stand there and throw it. We all know he can run."

We'll see how the Bruins handle him come Saturday.

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UCLA Vs. Nebraska: Previewing The Cornhuskers

After an impressive 49-25 victory over Rice in their season opener, the Bruins will have their hands full when the No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers come to the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

The Nebraska offense is led by junior quarterback Taylor Martinez, a polarizing figure whose red hot start as a freshman in 2010 has since been marred by inconsistent play. His sophomore year saw him struggle, passing for over 200 yards just twice, but some offseason work on this throwing mechanics have the Huskers encouraged in 2012. if his Week 1 numbers (24-34, 354 yards, 5 TD) are any indication, he's on the right track.

Senior running back Rex Burkhead, the go-to back in a deep Huskers backfield, is questionable with a knee injury. Sophomore Ameer Abdullah and freshman Imani Cross should carry the bulk of the load if Burkhead is unavailable.

The Huskers boast a solid receiving corps led by junior Quicy Enunwa and sophomore Kenny Bell. Bell was the team's leading receiver in 2011, and Enunwa was Martinez's top target in the Huskers 49-20 Week 1 win over Southern Mississippi.

An improved Huskers defense led by senior defensive lineman Baker Steinkuhler and senior linebacker Will Compton will look to capitalize on an unstable Bruins offensive line, while their deep secondary hopes to keep redshirt freshman quarterback Brett Hundley from establishing a passing attack for the Bruins.

Saturday's game begins at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be televised on FOX.

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College Football Rankings: UCLA Bruins No. 6 In CBS Sports' Pac-12 Ratings

The UCLA Bruins landed as the sixth-ranked team in the Pac-12 according to CBS Sports, following a 49-28 victory in Week 1 on the road against Rice University.

The Bruins are ranked third out of four California universities, with Cal coming in last in the state competition. Cal was the only Pac-12 team from California that lost in Week 1.

Here are the full Pac-12 rankings:

01. USC Trojans (1-0)
02. Oregon Ducks (1-0)
03. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
04. Washington Huskies (1-0)
05. Utah Utes (1-0)
06. UCLA Bruins (1-0)
07. Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
08. Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0)
09. Cal Golden Bears (0-1)
10. Washington State Cougars (0-1)
11. Oregon State Beavers (0-0)
12. Colorado Buffaloes (0-1)

Here is what CBS Sports had to say about the Bruins after Week 1.

The only thing more impressive than the performance of Hundley (202 yards passing, 68 yards rushing) was the play of RB Johnathan Franklin. The senior running back opened his season with 215 yards and three touchdowns against Rice. The showing earned Franklin the Pac-12's offensive player of the week award. If UCLA shucks the Cornhuskers Saturday, poll voters might begin to notice there's a team in Los Angeles that's not USC.

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UCLA Football Depth Chart: Movement On The Offensive Line

The UCLA Bruins offensive line is getting a bit of reorganization on the left side, as the Bruins open the 2012 home season against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday.

Xavier Su'a-Filo will move from left tackle to left guard in place of Greg Capella. Capella started against Rice and will move to second string. Torian White, who was the backup against Rice, will get the start at left tackle against Nebraska.

Quarterback Brett Hundley was sacked twice in the Bruins 49-24 win over Rice University on Aug. 30. The Cornhuskers defense ratcheted up three sacks in their 49-20 victory against Southern Mississippi on Sep. 1.

The rest of the offensive line will remain the same, with redshirt freshman Jake Brendel getting the start at center, senior Jeff Baca at right guard and freshman Simon Goines at right tackle.

Talk about Burkhead with UCLA fans at Bruins Nation, and with Huskers fans at Corn Nation.


UCLA Vs. Nebraska: Rex Burkhead Questionable For Saturday's Game

The UCLA Bruins have a tough test ahead against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but they may get a reprieve if Huskers starting tailback Rex Burkhead isn't able to go. Burkhead sprained his MCL in his left knee this past week in the victory over Southern Miss. The Associated Press has the latest report.

The good news is Burkhead doesn't need surgery, but the bad news is that he might need to sit out this weekend's game against UCLA to ensure the injury is fully healed.

On the positive side for Nebraska, the Huskers have a capable backup who can fill in for him. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries. Taylor Martinez didn't drop off in his effectiveness with Burkhead out of the game, completing over 75% of his passes for 349 yards and five touchdowns. They will test a UCLA defensive front that is talented but is unsteady, and struggled to stop Rice for a half last week.

Talk about Burkhead with UCLA fans at Bruins Nation, and with Huskers fans at Corn Nation.


UCLA Vs. Nebraska Odds: Bruins 4.5-Point Underdogs In Home Opener

UCLA has opened a 4 1/2-point underdog to No. 17 Nebraska in its upcoming home opener.

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