Foster Farms Bowl, UCLA vs. Nebraska: Bruins Get Ruined in the Bay


As it is, UCLA Football ends the season with a loss as Nebraska runs over the Bruins, 37-29.

Here is the simple explanation of what happened in the Foster Farms Bowl, from the Nebraska perspective (brought to you by Pink Floyd)…

Yes, the Nebraska Cornhuskers ran all over the UCLA Bruins in a Stanfordesque affair that had Bruin fans wondering if there was any hope for the run defense. The short answer… no, there was not.

The game was tied at 31 at halftime, but the Nebraska Cornhuskers showed they were the team that wanted it more as they outscored and out ran the Bruins in the second half. Nebraska had a total of 326 rushing yards against the Bruins and earned every inch of it.

UCLA Bruins
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UCLA Bruins

One of the more obscene stats of the game was UCLA’s 6 yards in the 3rd quarter as opposed to 201 by Nebraska. Clearly, things were not going the Bruin’s way.

What we knew going into this game is that the Bruin’s run defense was not good… Nebraska then made a point to keep poking at that scab and sure enough the Huskers were able to run all over the Bruins.

But then there was the Bruin’s offense. Yes, Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzome was back and calling plays in the booth, but was that necessarily a good thing?

Josh Rosen was able to put up 319 yards through the air, but there were only 67 Bruin yards on the ground. Paul Perkins, the Pac-12’s leading rusher from a year ago, only had 68 himself. Rosen had a few mishaps in the back field which cost him -11 yards. Overall, it was a pretty listless effort on both sides of the UCLA ball.

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Congratulations to the Cornhuskers (who always have classy fans) on this impressive win in Head Coach Mike Riley‘s first year.

As for UCLA Football Head Coach Jim Mora and the Bruins, it is back to the drawing board.