PASADENA, Calif. -- In its first offensive play against New Mexico State, UCLA used only 10 players. Someone was missing, and he could never be replaced.
"Our 11th guy out there was Pacman," said head coach Jim Mora.
The 13th-ranked Bruins honored their late teammate Nick Pasquale in nearly every way possible Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. T-shirts emblazoned with his No. 36 were sold with the proceeds going to the foundation created in his honor. His number was also painted on the field and athletic director Dan Guerrero presented his family with a jersey between the first and second quarters.
A video tribute brought tears to the eyes of nearly 60,000. The student section had several signs but one in particular stood out a particularly classy sign reading: "Thank You, Nebraska."
But the move of sending out only 10 players in their opening series was the most impactful. It quickly made the rounds on social media, garnering the attention and reverence of the college football...