Nebraska students borrowed from the school's time-honored traditions Saturday before the home game with UCLA by releasing 200 blue and gold balloons in Memorial Stadium to honor Bruins wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who died last Sunday after being hit by a car.
One of many traditions at Nebraska football games is the release of 2,000 red balloons after the Huskers' first score of the game.
Several signs paying tribute to Pasquale also were hung in Memorial Stadium by Nebraska fans well known for being among the most classy in the nation in terms of treatment of opposing teams.
Pasquale, a 20-year-old standout from San Clemente High School, died from multiple blunt force injuries suffered when he was hit by a car in the San Clemente area while home during the Bruins bye week.
Pasquale played in his first game for the Bruins two weeks ago and is being honored by his teammates who are wearing helmet decals with his jersey number 36 on them. Nebraska players also wore the No. 36 decal on their helmets.