The lessons to be learned from the Nebraska's 41-21 loss at home to UCLA, which included a 35-0 scoring run for the visiting team, are many. There are individual lessons for players, overarching lessons for coaches and ultimately a grand philosophical point to be made about the value of the mobile quarterback.
For example, sophomore defensive lineman Randy Gregory did not play poorly. Rather, he made small mistakes in critical moments that ultimately turned into big plays. On a draw by quarterback Brett Hundley, Gregory's peeking inside caused the end to lose containment, leaving a gaping lane for Hundley to shoot through.
Hundley picked up 12 yards for a first down, but Gregory's mistake was the type that plagued the Huskers for most of the second half. Small errors that turned into big problems. A missed sack opportunity by both Avery Moss and Thad Randall turned into a 12-yard scamper by Hundley for a first down, sparking the Bruins.
Gregory is not the lone player at fault. The defensive end played a solid game. Rather, like many defensive players across the nation, it boiled down to the little things that decide games. Fans scream about the big play, but many big plays are the result of small mistakes, like an end trying to do a tackle's job instead of just securing his own responsibility.