Jones Hungry For More

Jim Mora called Datone Jones' safety the "play of the game," but that's only one of many reasons why the defensive end was all smiles post Saturday night's 36-30 victory over Nebraska...

In his post-game press conference, UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora said that though he hated to name a play of the game, he'd have to go with defensive end Datone Jones' safety in the fourth quarter, which led to the final change of momentum in the Bruins' favor.

If he had to pick out a highlight for his own game, Jones would agree.

"The highlight for me tonight was when I was able to get the safety, run through the line and get us those two points. I just did what I could to make it happen," he said humbly.

Though the Bruins still remain undefeated, it seemed as if their 49-24 victory over Rice had been brushed aside as far as some media outlets were concerned.

Jones cautions against writing off any potential opponent.

"Rice is a Division-1 football team and you should respect every football team you play. You never know what will happen, you never know how a team will play. But, you know, it's LA. You have the Lakers, and you have USC football. UCLA football doesn't always get that respect," he said.

However, when it came time for Saturday night's game versus Nebraska, the Bruins ran onto the field with an energy that demanded respect, regardless of the abundance of Huskers fans in the stands.

"It didn't even matter how loud the Nebraska fans were, it didn't make us lose our focus. We played really well tonight and we managed to stop their offense. Our entire team had a good game," said Jones.

As a whole, the team has made noticeable strides since their season opener at Rice last weekend.

There was one new variable in the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

"The UCLA fans are great. There is nothing like that feeling of hearing the crowd and the fans cheering for you and being loud and getting excited. To win this game in front of them was awesome," he said.

Jones won't allow himself to be content with the 2-0 start; he's already anticipating next weekend's game, in which the Bruins will host Houston.

"We can always get better. We're going to watch our game film, see what we need to work on before the Houston game next weekend," he said.

But for now, Jones has his twenty-four hours.

"Tonight," he said with a smile, "we're just going to enjoy this win."

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