Jim Mora Engineers UCLA to a 36-30 Upset over No. 16 Nebraska

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2012

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Joseph Fauria #8 of the UCLA Bruins ccelebrates a four yard touchdown catch  in the second quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Rose Bowl on September 8, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers were supposed to have no problem winning their first four games of the season against unranked opponents, but that proved to be a false thought process after the UCLA Bruins shocked the No. 16 team in the country.

UCLA topped Nebraska, 36-30, in what was one of many upsets this week in college football.

Nebraska's offense looked good in the first half after putting 24 points on the board thanks to an unforgiving rushing attack that looked dominant from the jump. Running back Ameer Abdullah (118 yards) and quarterback Taylor Martinez (111 yards) headed the Cornhuskers' ground game, with Abdullah crossing the goal line twice on the night.

Martinez was 17-of-31 for 179 yards through the air, but his one interception proved to be a crucial one. The only touchdown he would produce was on the ground with a 92-yard score in the first quarter.

UCLA's offense was able to match just about everything Nebraska did. The Bruins put up 24 points of their own in the first half, sending the game to the second half with a tie score.

The second half was a much different story for both teams. A quiet third quarter resulted in only two field goals, one for each squad. All of a sudden, both offenses stalled and points weren't as easy to come by. UCLA scored only 12 points in the second half, while their counterparts from Nebraska put up a lowly six.

The biggest problem for the Cornhuskers in this game was their inability to convert on third downs. Nebraska was an abysmal 1-for-11, while UCLA fared much better with a 9-for-20 showing.

Down by two, Nebraska was attempting to drive down the field inside the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter, only to have the drive halted via interception thanks to UCLA's Andrew Abbott.

Abbott would take the ball 24 yards, setting UCLA up with a short field at Nebraska's 16-yard line. The Bruins would take full advantage of Abbott's huge defensive play, scoring another touchdown through the air, the fourth of the game for Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley.

Hundley was nothing short of sensational. He was 21-of-31 for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Hundley also added 54 yards on the ground to go with Johnathan Franklin's 217 yards. In total, the Bruins ran for an astounding 344 yards in total.

Nebraska would answer with another field goal to bring the deficit to six, but it simply wasn't enough to put them over the top. UCLA would get the ball back and run out the clock to shock the ranked Cornhuskers.

A loss for the Cornhuskers means they will undoubtedly drop out of the top 25, a reality that could last the rest of the season. On the flip side, the Bruins could be making the case for more respect by the pollsters.