UCLA Football: The 10 Best Games of the Jim Mora Era

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Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) leaves the field after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

2. #16 UCLA 41 – #23 Nebraska 21

Memorial Stadium (Lincoln), September 14, 2013

Jim Mora’s 2nd year

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Emotions were running high for this game. UCLA football had just endured something that is unfamiliar to most teams… the death of a player.

Nick Pasquale, a reserve wide receiver, was killed after being struck by a car in his hometown of San Clemente the weekend before UCLA was heading out to Nebraska. That was the hardest week for the Bruins, their fans and especially the Pasquale family, but they still had a game to play.

Aside from dedicating the game to Nick, UCLA was awe-struck by the outpouring of emotion and support by the the Nebraska fan base. “Two Schools, One Team” was the motto for this game.

As far as the game went, UCLA had a tough time in the first half. With less than a minute before halftime, UCLA was down 21-6. Then the Bruins scored 38 unanswered points and shut out Nebraska the rest of the game. The Bruins won. They did it for Nick.