Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

UCLA 36, Nebraska 30

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PASADENA, Calif. -- Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a fourth-quarter safety to break a tie game, and UCLA added a clinching touchdown to upset No. 16 Nebraska 36-30 on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

Jones bolted through the line to tackle Martinez in the end zone after the Nebraska quarterback made the wrong decision on a first-down snap from the 5-yard line.

That gave UCLA a 29-27 lead with 8:44 remaining, and after Nebraska had two empty possessions, freshman quarterback Brett Hundley hit running back Johnathan Franklin for a 9-yard touchdown run, stretching the lead to 36-27.

Nebraska's Brett Maher kicked his third field goal of the game, a 40-yarder with 1:36 remaining, but UCLA recovered the onside kick, and the Bruins ran out the clock.

Hundley completed 21 of 31 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Franklin ran 26 times for 217 yards.

Franklin's final touchdown came after Andrew Abbott intercepted Martinez and returned the ball to the Nebraska 16-yard line with 3:07 remaining.

With the game tied 24-24 at halftime, UCLA's Tevin McDonald recovered an Ameer Abdullah fumble on the first play of the second half at the Nebraska 27-yard line, leading to a 22-yard field goal Kaimi Fairbairn for a 27-24 Bruin lead.

Nebraska responded two series later with Maher's 43-yard field goal with 7:45 remaining in the third quarter.

With the game tied 27-27, both teams missed scoring opportunities. UCLA lined up for a 38-yard field goal, quickly switched formations, and came up empty when backup quarterback Richard Brehaut threw an incomplete pass in the end zone.

Nebraska, behind the running of Abdullah and Braylon Heard, moved from its 6-yard line to the UCLA 20, but Maher was wide left on a 37-yard field goal attempt with 12:12 remaining in the game.

Maher hit a 55-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to force a 24-24 halftime tie.

UCLA had taken a 24-21 lead on Hundley's 49-yard touchdown pass to Steven Manfro with 3:49 remaining.

Hundley also had first-half touchdown passes of 27 yards and 4 yards, both to 6-foot-7 receiver Joseph Fauria, and Fairbairn made a 35-yard field goal.

Nebraska trailed 7-0 but tied the game on Abdullah's 8-yard touchdown run that finished a six-play, 75-yard drive.

Two possessions later, Martinez kept the ball on a zone read, showed a burst of speed through a hole at the line of scrimmage and raced 92 yards untouched for a touchdown. That gave Nebraska a 14-7 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

Fairbairn's field goal cut the margin to 14-10, and the Bruins went ahead 17-14 when Fauria outleaped 6-foot-1 Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford in the end zone for his 4-yard touchdown reception.

Abdullah scored again from 17 yards, capping a seven-play, 87-yard touchdown drive for a 21-17 Nebraska lead with 2:48 remaining.

NOTES: Nebraska played without senior running back Rex Burkhead, who suffered a low-grade MCL sprain in the Huskers' season opener. Burkhead traveled with the team but didn't suit. ... Martinez's 92-yard touchdown run was the longest by a Husker since Eric Crouch ran 95 yards against Missouri in 2001. ... The teams combined to run 79 plays and amass 705 yards of total offense in the first half.

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