Know Your Opponent: UCLA vs Nebraska – Match-Up History


UCLA is set to take on Nebraska in this years Foster Farms Bowl. Here is part one of your Foster Farms Bowl Preview!

The Foster Farms Bowl dates back to the year 2002, and has been known by many names. The inaugural game was called the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl and featured a matchup between Virginia Tech and Air Force. Since that time the Bowl has been renamed or re-sponsored as:

  • The Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl – 2002, 2003
  • The Emerald Bowl – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl – 2010, 2011, 2012,
  • The Fight Hunger Bowl – 2013
  • The Foster Farms Bowl – 2014, 2015

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This will be the 3rd time UCLA has had the honor of playing in this bowl game.  The Bruins lost to Bobby Bowden and Florida State in 2006 as the Seminoles scored 21 4th quarter points to win 44-27. The Bruins lost to  Illinois in 2011 in the last game before Jim Mora took over as Head Coach. The Bruins were coached by Mike Johnson after the firing of Rick Neuheisel and finished the season with a 6-8 record. UCLA hopes the 3rd time will be a charm this year against Nebraska.

The Bruins have a lifetime record of 6-6 against the Cornhuskers dating back to 1946. Although the record is dead even, the teams have traded blowouts over the years. Only 3 of the 12 games have less than a 10 point margin of victory. UCLA won the last two games between the teams, the only two games played between the schools over the last two decades.

This guy had some of his best days against the Cornhuskers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In 2012 the Bruins beat the Cornhuskers in Coach Jim Mora and quarterback Brett Hundley‘s Rose Bowl Debut. Hundley threw for 305 yards and 4 touchdowns and running back Jonathan Franklin ran for 217 yards in a 36-30 victory.

In 2013 UCLA traveled to Nebraska just 6 days after the death of walk-on receiver Nick Pascuale.

The Cornhuskers and the Nebraska fans showed an incredible amount of class with tributes for Pascuale (The Huskers wore #36 on their uniforms and the fans released blue and gold balloons before the game and cheered the visitors as they took the field.

When the game actually got started, it looked like Nebraska would run away with it as they jumped out to a 21-3 2nd quarter lead. However, the Bruins rallied behind a trio of Hundley touchdowns and won going away 41-21.

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Next Time: UCLA’s Offense vs Nebraska’s Defense

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