LINCOLN, Neb. — In the midst of chaos, while Brett Hundley’s UCLA teammates celebrated having rallied for an impressive 41-21 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers and a record crowd of 91,471 trudged out of Memorial Stadium, the Bruins quarterback stood alone at midfield with one thought, one person, in mind.
In his hand he clutched a towel on which he had written “R.I.P. #36” in tribute to walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who died after being struck by a vehicle last Sunday morning in San Clemente. Later, Hundley said he will present the towel to Pasquale’s family. They surely will see it was used more than once Saturday to stem a powerful tide of sorrow.
“It was a big, emotional game for us,” Hundley said. “Tears were going.”
Harnessing their emotions was among the many good things the Bruins did Saturday, the kinds of things good teams do and build on and turn into a habit.
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