"The Bruins are coming ... "
So say billboards scattered around Los Angeles.
The Bruins evidently aren't messing around.
UCLA was impressive in its 58-20 triumph last week to open the season, writes Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.
The Bruins are coming to Lincoln on Sept. 14, after a bye this week.
The Bruins will bring momentum.
The Bruins will bring what appears to be a fast-paced offense.
The Bruins came from all directions, and fast, so fast that all six of their touchdown drives required less than four minutes. They mounted such a quick and skilled attack that, at times, they almost looked like mighty Oregon minus dadd Phil Knight's million-dollar allowance.
Nebraska fans surely remember Brett Hundley from last season. The Bruins sophomore quarterback -- who set a slew of school records in 2012 -- may be poised to take his game to another level.
Here came Hundley, sprinting through a defense’s heart, throwing bullets over a defense’s heads, pounding his fists into teammates’ shoulder pads and his name into the minds of Heisman Trophy voters. Hundley gained more than just 337 total yards with two rushing and two passing touchdowns. He has also clearly gained a sense of perspective and a feeling of comfort. He no longer seems to wander around the backfield. Now he owns it.
“Isn’t he poised? It looked like the game had really slowed down for him,” Jim Mora said of his protege. “He’s a really good quarterback.”
Nebraska fans also may want to be mindful of running back Jordon James, 5-foot-9, 193-pound junior, who appears to be a nice answer to the loss of Johnathan Franklin. James' nickname is "Joystick." Figure it out.
UCLA evidently plays some defense, too.
Here came a flying defense led by the huge Anthony Barr and quick Eric Kendricks, a bold unit typified by linebacker Jordan Zumwalt after he helped break up a pass play. He spun it between his legs like a basketball before handing it back to the official. The defense’s only problem, it seemed, was playing with an offense that gave them scant sideline rest.
“We’re over there chilling, we’re like, ‘Can we get some more time on the bench, get a little breather,” said Zumwalt with a grin. “And then, touchdowns.”
Plaschke wonders if a UCLA squad with only 19 active scholarship juniors and seniors "can truly take the next step."
We wonder the same, for different reasons.