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UCLA 58, Nevada 20

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PASADENA, Calif. -- It wasn't 72 yards and it wasn't the first play of the season, but 2013 got off to a pretty good start for Brett Hundley and the UCLA Bruins.

Hundley threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 60 yards and two scores -including another long first-drive rushing touchdown - as the Bruins opened their season with a 58-20 win over the visiting Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Last season, Hundley sprinted for a 72-yard touchdown run against Rice on his very first play from scrimmage as a redshirt freshman.

This year it took eight plays, but Hundley found himself again in the end zone with a 37-yard touchdown run that set the tone for a big rushing performance and UCLA win.

The main question entering the season for the Bruins was how would they replace the school's all-time leading rusher, Johnathan Franklin. They answered it in resounding fashion, rushing for 345 yards on 47 carries as Jordon James led the way with 155 yards and a score on 21 carries and Paul Perkins added 55 yards on five carries.

But despite the rushing success, UCLA led just 17-13 at the half following a long Nevada touchdown drive that culminated in a short Cody Fajardo touchdown run. But the Bruins stormed out of the half with three third-quarter touchdowns to bury the Wolf Pack.

Hundley again sparked the Bruins with his feet, opening second-half scoring with a 11-yard rushing touchdown.

After stuffing Nevada for negative-four yards on three plays on the ensuing drive, UCLA scored again as Phillip Ruhl scooped up a blocked punt by Kenny Orjioke and ran it back four yards for the score.

James added a 26-yard touchdown run with just over four minutes left in the third quarter to put UCLA up 37-13.

The UCLA rushing game was good early, with James leading the way with 108 of the Bruins' 172 yards, but the team lacked the passing pop that highlighted Hundley's freshman season.

Hundley was 10 of 17 for 111 yards in the first half, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Shaquelle Evans, who led the Bruins with 45 first-half receiving yards.

The UCLA defense bent for much of the half before breaking with less than 20 seconds left.

After allowing just two field goals on Nevada's first four drives, the Bruins let the Wolf Pack march down the field to complete an 11-play, 81-yard drive to just about close out the first half. Fajardo, who finished the half with 77 rushing yards on 14 carries to go along with 106 passing yards, dived it in from 1-yard line to cut the UCLA lead to 17-13.

NOTES: UCLA had a spectacular 7.8 yards per rush on 22 attempts in the first half. ... The Bruins had just four penalties for 33 yards in the first half, a far cry from last season, when they led the nation in penalties. ... The Wolf Pack had a mammoth edge in possession time in the first half with nearly 19 minutes to UCLA's 11.
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