“They’re coming into our house, and we owe them,” players said Pelini told them before he walked out of the locker room.
On September 8, 2012, the then 16th ranked Huskers went into the Rose Bowl and left with a 36-30 loss. Quarterback Brett Hundley, playing in his second career game as a redshirt freshman, completed 21 of 33 passes for 305 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also had 53 yards rushing while former UCLA and current Green Bay Pacers running back had 217 yards rushing. All in all, the Bruins wound up with 653 yards of offense.
“I would hope, and I’m pretty positive, our team is motivated no matter what the situation,” Pelini told the Associated Press. “It just so happens we played this team a year ago, so if that provides our guys with extra motivation, so be it. I would hope it does. Hopefully that motivation will come in the form of great preparation, because that’s how you win a football game.”
The 23rd ranked Huskers had a rough start to the season, giving up 602 yards to the Wyoming Cowboys in a 37-34 victory. They played better last week, holding Southern Miss to 284 yards in a 56-13 victory.
16th ranked UCLA is also unbeaten at 1-0. After blowing out Nevada 58-20 in week one, the Bruins had a bye last week. Kickoff from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska is at 12:00 pm EST and the game will be on ABC.