9. Brett Hundley vs. Nebraska. September 8, 2012
STATS: 21-for-33, 305 yards, 9.2 yards per pass, 4 touchdowns, 12 carries, 53 rushing yards.
Brett Hundley’s breakout performance against Nebraska (if you can call it that; he did remarkably well against Rice the week prior) was a sign of things to come for this season. A close 36-30 win for UCLA kickstarted the Bruins’ resurgence and earned them their first AP ranking since 2008.
In this game, Hundley exchanged touchdowns with a tough Nebraska team that was ranked 16th in the country and that had obliterated Southern Mississippi the week prior.
At the time, fans and pundits alike had expected Brett Hundley to show his freshman tendencies against a Nebraska program that had built up serious consistency in the past few years under head coach Bo Pelini.
Instead, Hundley accounted for all of UCLA’s four touchdowns and was responsible for orchestrating drives that led to three Ka’imi Fairbairn field goals. Hundley was hurt late in the close contest but managed to battle back onto the field after missing just one drive, just in time to deliver the game-sealing touchdown pass to Johnathan Franklin.
Speaking of which …