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Emotional UCLA stages huge rally

LINCOLN, Neb. —Brett Hundley threw three touchdowns and No. 16 UCLA wiped out an 18-point deficit to defeat No. 23 Nebraska 41-21 on Saturday.

The win came six days after UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale was killed when struck by a car and a day before the team attends his funeral.

"You never want to say you won one for somebody. We didn't win one for Nick," coach Jim Mora said. "What we tried to do is go out and play with the type of energy, enthusiasm and passion for the game that would reflect what he meant to us."

The Bruins, down 21-3 midway through the second quarter, scored 35 points in 16 minutes. It included four third-quarter touchdowns, including all three of Hundley's.

The 18 points marked the biggest deficit overcome by a Nebraska opponent at Memorial Stadium since Washington State erased a 20-0 halftime deficit to win 21-20 in 1920.

"The first half, there was so much emotion," Hundley said. "I just had so much emotion going into the game. There were a lot of things that added up to it. After the first half, everything slowed down, and we got back to playing football and came out with the win."

The spurt brought back memories of the teams' game last season at the Rose Bowl, when UCLA had 653 yards of offense in a 36-30 win. Saturday, Nebraska allowed 236 yards in the third quarter alone and 504 overall.

"We made the tackles in the first half," coach Bo Pelini said. "I don't know how many tackles we missed in that second half, but it is a lot. We missed tackle after tackle after tackle."

Three quick TDs lift Irish past Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — DaVaris Daniels caught two touchdowns and Bennett Jackson returned an interception for one in a span of 3:29 to help Notre Dame rally past Purdue 31-24.

Daniels outleaped a defender for a 9-yard touchdown that tied it at 17 13 seconds into the fourth quarter. One play after a Boilermakers punt, Daniels put the Irish ahead with an 82-yard catch-and-run. And three plays after that, Jackson undercut a receiver, picked off Rob Henry and sprinted to the end zone.

No. 4 Ohio St. 52, Cal 34: Kenny Guiton, making his first career start, threw three of his four touchdowns during the first six minutes for the visiting Buckeyes. The fifth-year senior replaced Braxton Miller, who sprained his left knee last week against San Diego State. On his second play, he hit Devin Smith for a 90-yard touchdown. "He's a very good distributor," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Guiton. "He gets the ball to the right people at the right time." Up 31-20, Ohio State, which has won 15 in a row, scored on its first two second-half possessions, Jordan Hall's 1-yard run and Guiton's 6-yard pass to Corey Brown. Guiton finished 21-of-32 for 276 yards and a team-high 92 rushing yards.

No. 5 Stanford 34, Army 20: Kevin Hogan threw for three touchdowns and Tyler Gaffney ran for 132 yards for the visiting Cardinal. The game began at noon with West Coast Stanford's bodies feeling like it was 9 a.m. And the Black Knights, who haven't beaten a ranked team since 17-14 over No. 15 Air Force on Nov. 4, 1972, led 6-0 early. Hogan's 23-yard touchdown to Gaffney gave Stanford breathing room at 27-13 late in the third. "In the locker room at halftime, we were not anxious," Cardinal coach David Shaw said. "We knew we had to play our best, came out in the second half and played great."

No. 12 Okla. St. 59, Lamar 3: Jeremy Smith rushed for three first-half touchdowns for the host Cowboys. Oklahoma State scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 first-quarter lead against the I-AA Cardinals. A week after going 24-of-27 for 326 yards and four touchdowns, J.W. Walsh was just 17-of-30 for 181 yards and one touchdown, and the touchdown was a lunging catch by Blake Jackson that made it 45-3. However, two sure touchdown passes became incompletions because of pass interference penalties.

No. 14 Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20: Blake Bell passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first start for the host Sooners, who scored on their first five possessions. Bell, a junior, lost a preseason competition to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight. But Knight struggled in wins over Louisiana-Monroe and West Virginia. By halftime, Bell, a short-yardage rushing specialist the past two seasons, was 15-of-21 for 281 yards and two touchdowns. The 281 yards were 76 more than Knight's combined total. "I had a great time, first of all, just getting out there and playing ball," Bell said. "There's nothing better. The only thing I wanted to do was be ready. I didn't want to not be ready for this game. I felt like I did that."

No. 19 Washington 34, Illinois 24: Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns and Bishop Sankey ran for 208 yards for the Huskies at Chicago's Soldier Field. Washington had not won a nonconference game away from home since beating Syracuse in 2007. Down 31-10 late in the third, the Illini, who have lost six straight to ranked opponents, cut it to 31-24 on Aaron Bailey's 10-yard run with 9:10 left. But they got no closer. "The sky's the limit for this team," said Huskies end Josh Shirley, who had three sacks. "We just have to go back to the drawing board on Monday and fix the corrections for next week."

Around the nation

Iowa 27, Iowa St. 21: Jake Rudock threw for two scores and ran for one as the host Hawkeyes ended a two-game skid in the series. The Cyclones are 0-2 for the first time since 2007.

Mich. St. 55, Youngstown St. 17: Connor Cook threw four first-half touchdowns against the I-AA Penguins.

Indiana 42, Bowling Green 10: Nate Sudfeld threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns for the host Hoosiers, who scored the game's final 35 points.

West Va. 41, Georgia St. 7: Redshirt freshman Ford Childress threw for 359 yards and three scores in his college debut for the host Mountaineers.

Buffalo 26, Stony Brook 23 (5 OT): Anthone Taylor's 6-yard run won it for the host Bulls against the I-AA Seawolves, who forced overtime with a touchdown with 29 seconds left.

Golden Gophers coach

leaves after seizure

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure during halftime of a 29-12 win over Western Illinois but was at home resting by Saturday afternoon.

Kill suffered two seizures during games at Southern Illinois and has had four since taking over the Gophers in 2011. Saturday, he left on a stretcher after writhing on the ground for several minutes then was taken to a local hospital to ensure proper medication levels, the school said.

Times wires

Emotional UCLA stages huge rally 09/14/13 [Last modified: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:12am]
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