Nebraska: Facts and Factors

Nebraska and UCLA will finish up their home and home this weekend, after the Bruins took the initial round 36-30 at the Rose Bowl last year...

-- UCLA travels to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday morning to take on the Cornhuskers at 9:00 AM PST. The game will be televised by ABC with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth, and Shannon Spake on the sideline.

-- Nebraska is ranked 23rd/15th in the country, with a drastic disparity between the Associated Press and Coaches poll.

-- UCLA is ranked 16th/17th in the country.

-- The Cornhuskers are 2-0 on the season, winning a 37-34 nail-biter against Wyoming in week 1 at home, and then blowing out Southern Miss in week two, 56-13.

-- UCLA is 1-0, beating Nevada 58-20 in Week 1 and then having a bye week this past weekend.

-- Over the bye weekend, the Bruins suffered the tragic loss of walkon wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who was killed by a vehicle in the early morning on Sunday. Pasquale had received his first game action against Nevada after redshirting last year. In honor of Pasquale, the Bruins will wear a No. 36 patch on their uniforms, while the Cornhuskers will wear a No. 36 decal on their helmets.

-- Saturday's game marks the second half of the home and home between the Bruins and Cornhuskers that began last season. In that game, unranked UCLA shocked Nebraska with a 36-30 victory that jump-started the Bruins' season.

-- In that game, UCLA gained 653 yards of total offense, which was the second most yards ever allowed by a Nebraska defense. UCLA's defense allowed 439 yards of offense to the Cornhuskers last year, but notably held them to 102 in the second half. The victory was just the second for UCLA in the last eight meetings between the two teams. Nebraska leads the all-time series between the two teams 6-5.

-- The last time UCLA faced Nebraska in Lincoln, the Bruins lost 49-21 in 1994 to the then No. 2-ranked Cornhuskers.

-- Nebraska has been ranked in each of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. Conversely, the Bruins have been ranked in just five of the twelve meetings between the the schools (including the upcoming game on Saturday).

-- There have been some memorable games in the series between the two schools, with the No. 5 Bruins knocking off No. 2 Nebraska in 1988, 41-28. In 1972, UCLA, led by quarterback Mark Harmon, beat the Huskers at home, ending Nebraska's 32-game winning streak.

-- Since 2002, UCLA's record in the month of September is 28-14. In that same time period, outside of the month of September, the Bruins are 45-54. In a quirk of the schedule, UCLA plays just two games in September this year.

-- This game will mark the first time Nebraska has hosted a non-conference, ranked opponent since No. 1 USC visited in 2007. In its last four games at home against ranked opponents, Nebraska is 4-0.

-- Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is in his sixth season with the Cornhuskers and holds a 51-20 record. Despite the gaudy record, Pelini has drawn the ire of many Nebraska fans for the shoddy defense played by the Huskers over the past two years. Pelini's defenses have been gashed considerably in that time, with the most recent example being Wyoming's 602 yards in the opener. To his credit, Pelini has guided the Huskers to at least nine wins in each of his first five seasons with the team.

-- This marks Nebraska's third year in the Big Ten after switching over from its longtime affiliation with the Big 12. Last year, the Huskers finished 7-1 in conference, but lost badly in the Big Ten Championship game to Wisconsin (70-31) before earning a trouncing from No. 7 Georgia (45-31) in the Capital One Bowl.

-- 15 true freshmen saw action in UCLA's home opener against Nevada: Cameron Judge, Isaac Savaiinaea, Jayon Brown, Deon Hollins, Myles Jack, Kenny Clark, Kylie Fitts, Eddie Vanderdoes, Tahaan Goodman, Sean Covington, Jalen Ortiz, Darren Andrews, Thomas Duarte, Alex Redmond, and Caleb Benenoch. Last year, when much was made about UCLA playing many young players, the Bruins used 12 true freshmen the entire year. To break the school record for true freshmen playing in a season, the Bruins would have to use three more.

-- Much was made in the off-season about UCLA having to replace the production of running back Johnathan Franklin. In the home opener on August 31st, UCLA rushed for over 300 yards, with Jordon James gashing the Wolfpack for 155 yards by himself.

-- In non conference road games since 2000, the Bruins are 9-7.

-- The Huskers will wear alternate uniforms for the game on Saturday. Nebraska will debut new adidas TECHFIT black jerseys, featuring white stencil font numbers, a matte white helmet with a wide black stripe, and a face mask that fades from red to matte black.

-- The forecast for Saturday in Lincoln is 76 degrees with a 10% chance of rain.

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