UCLA To Honor Nick Pasquale During New Mexico State Matchup On Saturday At The Rose Bowl
The UCLA Football team is coming off of a rousing 41-21 win, at Nebraska, where they ran off 38 unanswered points. The emotional win was part of their homage to fallen wide receiver Nick Pasquale. Their big question, heading into Week 3 is- will the Bruins have an emotional letdown, playing a struggling and over-matched New Mexico State team?
UCLA is currently a 42.5 point favorite. The odds are that quarterback Brett Hundley will get his Heisman Trophy-stats, in the first half and that we will see a healthy dose of Jerry Nieuhesal in the second half. Obviously, one of the main goals, of Saturday night, is to stay healthy. The other goal would be to come out firing, on all cylinders. The Bruins have struggled, in both of their games, in the first half. We will definitely see some big PT, from the Bruin freshmen, on Saturday night. Guys like Alex Redmond and Caleb Benenoch, on the offensive side and Eddie Vanderdoes, Kylie Fitts and Kenny Clark on the defensive side, are going to be counted on for major minutes, later in the season.
Fallen UCLA football player Nick Pasquale will be honored at the Bruins’ next home game on Saturday, Sept. 21 with a moment of silence prior to kickoff and an on-field presentation between the first and second quarters.
UCLA head football coach Jim Mora and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero will present a jersey to the Pasquale family – parents Mel and Laurie and brother AJ – during the break between the first and second quarters. The presentation will take place next to the 36, Pasquale’s number, that will be painted on the field.
Thanks to the generosity of adidas and the UCLA Store, fans will be able to pay tribute to Pasquale by purchasing t-shirts with the number 36 on the front. 100 percent of the sales will go directly to the Nick Pasquale Foundation (nickpasqualefoundation.com). The shirts will be sold at UCLA Store locations on game day at the Rose Bowl for $20, as well as online at UCLABruins.com.
Additionally, blue towels with 36 printed on it will be distributed at the entrance gates, courtesy of the UCLA Athletic Department and Gorilla Marketing.
Pasquale, a redshirt freshman wide receiver from San Clemente, Calif., passed away on Sept. 8 at age 20. He was known as an exemplary teammate who practiced each and every day with unrelenting effort and passion. On August 31, his dream of playing at the Rose Bowl for UCLA was achieved when he entered the game versus Nevada. He will be missed by all.