Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter as UCLA came back from an 18-point deficit to defeat Nebraska 41-21 in a monumental collapse Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Huskers (2-1), wearing alternate black jerseys instead of their traditional home red, looked to be in total control the first half, leading at one point 21-3. Then they couldn't stop Hundley and a Bruins' offense that gained 653 yards while beating them a year ago at the Rose Bowl.
The Bruins (2-0) scored 35 unanswered points in 16 minutes and later added a field goal. The barrage started with Paul Perkins' 10-yard touchdown run to cut Nebraska's lead to 21-10 at the half.
Jordon James scored from 3 yards out before Hundley threw TD passes of 28 yards to Shaquelle Evans, 12 yards to Phillip Ruhl and 3 yards to Nate Iese.
“Obviously it was a disappointing loss," said NU head coach Bo Pelini. "I just told our players that's what I call a team loss right there. We got beat in every phase of the game in the second half. I think we showed a little bit of what we're capable of as a football team in the first half, but in the second half we got away from fundamentals. It's nothing magical. It wasn't anything that they hadn't done in the first half. Defensively, you can't go out and miss tackles and miss your gaps and play undisciplined. Everyone's got to do their job. For some reason, we didn't show up in the second half. We had a number of opportunities to move the sticks, to take the momentum back, to at least gain some momentum to stop what was going and we didn't do it."