Taylor Martinez went to halftime with three touchdown passes and Nebraska held a 21-10 lead on UCLA at Memorial Stadium.
Martinez delivered his third strike with 7:12 left in the second quarter with a 22-yard pass to Kenny Bell that made it 21-3. That came two plays after UCLA punter Sean Covington dropped a snap and took a 12-yard loss to the Huskers’ 26.
UCLA got an important score just before half as Brett Hundley drove the Bruins 59 yards in six plays. The touchdown came on a 10-yard run by Paul Perkins with 57 seconds left.
Hundley kept that possession alive with a 13-yard scramble after Nebraska appeared to have him twice behind the line of scrimmage.
Some other halftime updates:
>> UCLA thought it had pulled within 21-6 with 4:39 left in the half when Ka’imi Fairbairn initially was credited with a 46-yard field goal. The play was reviewed, however, and the kick was ruled wide right.
>> Nebraska dodged a bullet when UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr tipped a Martinez pitch on an option and the football bounced way behind the Huskers’ line of scrimmage. Martinez was able to recover, but for a 20-yard loss back to the NU 20.
>> Fairbairn missed badly on a 55-yard field-goal attempt as time ran out.
>> UCLA actually went to halftime with a slight edge in total offense (206 to 196).
>> Attendance Saturday was 91,471.