BN Gameday: UCLA at Nebraska Second Half Thread

Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA needs to bounce back in a big way against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as they head into the second half down

Bruins vs Cornhuskers coverageSo, we are halfway through the second game of the season with the Bruins . Take a peek at the stats here. The Bruins are playing with heavy hearts after the tragic loss of Nick Pasquale (take some time during halftime to donate here or just browse around to realize what a great kid he was. No one can call the Cornhuskers anything but classy after everything they did to start the game, really touching stuff.

There was still a football game to be played, difficult as that may be to think about. The story in this one through 30 minutes has to be the sloppy and unprepared play of the Bruins.

The Cornhuskers got off to a strong start, intercepting a pass from Brett Hundley and targeting Brandon Sermons on the ensuing drive to score on a touchdown pass from Taylor Martinez to Christian Enunwa. The Bruins drove down on the ensuing drive, provided by a huge play by Grayson Mazzone. The drive stalled after a coverage sack and a drop by Devin Fuller, Ka'imi Fairbairn put the Bruins on the board with a 44 yard field goal. The Bruins continued to look sloppy, getting picked apart for a 17 play, 92 yard drive that took over six minutes ending with Enunwa's second touchdown, putting the Huskers up 14-3.

The defense stepped up, stopping Nebraska on back-to-back drives, but the offense wasn't doing them any favors with consecutive three-and-outs. A bobbled snap on a punt by Sean Covington gave the Huskers great field position and they capitalized with a TD pass to Kenny Bell, giving Nebraska a 21-3 lead.

The Bruins seemingly got another long FG by Fairbairn to get the Bruins within two scores; but the Pac-12 refs somehow missed that call and negated the score, the defense forced another 3-and-out and after a big punt return by Shaq Evans the Bruins were in great position to close the half with a score. A scramble by Hundley, a big catch by Fuller and a tough run by Paul Perkins for a touchdown got the score to 21-10. A 54-yard attempt by Fairbairn at the end of the half missed wide.

Bruins need to make some adjustments in the second half and I am so tired of having to type those words. The offense has been atrocious outside of two big pass plays, the defense was inconsistent and shaky at times and the special teams flub of Covington was unacceptable.

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