What was that?: Brett Maher’s first punt, a 13-yard shank into the UCLA bench. Maher’s second punt — a 28-yard pull into the Nebraska bench — wasn’t much better. Maher rounded into form. His 64-yard punt in the fourth quarter was huge.
Peculiar play: Doesn’t get much weirder than this: Taylor Martinez fumbles a shotgun snap in the final 15 seconds of the second quarter. He corrals it, rolls toward the sideline and — as a Bruin defender brings him down — he tries to flip the ball to a receiver. The pass is deflected and intercepted. But a review says Martinez’s knee was down. Nebraska kicks a field goal to end the half.
Questionable call I: An offensive pass interference penalty on UCLA wideout Jerry Johnson wiped out a Bruin touchdown in the second quarter. Johnson was charged with shoving the 160-pound Josh Mitchell to the ground coming out of his break.
Questionable call II: Jim Mora’s fake field-goal attempt late in the third quarter. UCLA’s kicking game had been solid all night. Yet Mora chose trickery and missed. Take the points, Coach.
Noticed: The ups and downs of Jamal Turner. Turner continues to make defenders miss when he has the ball. But his second-quarter drop on third down looked like a play from his freshman year.
Rave review: Ameer Abdullah dazzled as a rusher. But his blitz pickup on Nebraska’s first scoring drive allowed Taylor Martinez to hit Kenny Bell for 36 yards. Abdullah is becoming a complete back.