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Mora wants UCLA to 'back up' comeback at Nebraska

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)

UCLA coach Jim Mora isn't making more of the Bruins' come-from-behind road win over Nebraska than he would any other victory.

It would be understandable if the Bruins wanted to celebrate this one a little longer. The Bruins scored 38 straight points to overcome an 18-point deficit and beat the Cornhuskers 41-21 on Saturday.

It was the biggest comeback by a visitor in the 90-year history of Memorial Stadium and the biggest in Lincoln since 1920.

''I don't like those things like `statement games.' Sometimes it's followed up by disappointment,'' Mora said. ''It was an opportunity for us to get better. It was an opportunity for us to come on the road in a difficult environment and overcome a difficult start and get a win.

''It only matters if we keep backing it up. It only matters if we prepare this week like we did last week and go get a win against New Mexico State.''

The Bruins (3-0) host the Aggies (0-3) on Saturday and then get their second open date of the season before opening Pac-12 play at Utah on Oct. 3.

The win over Nebraska came after UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale died after being hit by a vehicle while he was walking in his hometown on Sept. 8. The Bruins traveled to San Clemente, Calif., on Sunday for a memorial service.

Offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said the Bruins' slow start against Nebraska was no surprise.

''They had a lot of things on their plate this week so I was proud of them,'' Mazzone said. ''You could see the emotion the first half. They were trying so hard to be good. Finally they relaxed and just started playing football.''

Brett Hundley was brilliant in leading the second-half comeback against the Huskers. He completed all eight of his third-quarter passes, with three going for touchdowns, and finished with 294 yards through the air. Jordon James ran for 73 of his 105 yards after half.

''We're a fast-paced offense, and once we get rolling it's hard to stop,'' Hundley said. ''This offense is made to put people in a one-on-one situation. You miss a tackle and we're going to get the big yards. That's kind of what we thrive on. Get that one-on-one matchup, make them miss and we're off to the races.''

Nebraska was held to 135 yards and no points in the second half. Star linebacker Anthony Barr made a team-leading 11 tackles, including two for 20 yards in losses, and forced three fumbles.

UCLA's comeback tied for the seventh-largest in program history and was the biggest since the Bruins rallied from 22 points down to beat Northwestern in the 2005 Sun Bowl.

The Bruins tied the school record for points in a third quarter with 28. Hundley threw his TD passes to Shaquelle Evans, Phillip Ruhl and Nate Iese on consecutive possessions after James scored to pull UCLA within 21-17.

There were no major adjustments made at halftime, Mora said. The Bruins stayed with their usual offensive repertoire and took advantage of Nebraska defensive breakdowns.

''We picked up the tempo. We made blocks. We caught the ball. We made plays. We threw it accurately,'' Mora said. ''We didn't call any different plays. We didn't put in new plays or put in a new offense. It was more of a mindset.

''Everybody makes too much about halftime adjustments. There's the old saying, `It's Jimmys and Joes and not X's and O's.' Our guys got their mindset headed in the right direction there and we got rolling the way we're capable.''

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