ALL TIME ‘HEIS!!!! — After Brett Hundley goes down early with an injury, Jerry Neuheisel steps in and leads UCLA to a 20-17 comeback victory in Texas, highlighted by a 33-yard game-winning Touchdown pass to Jordan Payton with 3 minutes left; Meanwhile, the trojans choke in Boston College 37-31, getting out-gained on the ground, 452-20.
NEUHEISEL FOR HEISMAN!
30 years ago, a UCLA former Walk-On Quarterback named Rick Neuheisel replaced an injured Bruin QB and led UCLA to a Pac-10 Championship. He then went 25-for-27 Passing in the 1984 Rose Bowl, to earn the game’s MVP Award in a 45-9 upset victory over #4 Illinois. Fast-forward to 2014, and you could see Neuheisel watching on TV, as his son Jerry became an unexpected UCLA hero just like he was.
On Saturday night, the Bruins faced Texas in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — also known as “Jerry World,” after Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones — and no one on the planet could have predicted that JERRY Neuheisel would be the hero on this night. Neuheisel plays behind Heisman candidate Brett Hundley, and according to some depth charts, was actually THIRD STRING behind Asantii Woulard as well. But when Hundley hurt his left elbow while bracing his fall after a first-down scamper, it was Neuheisel to whom Coach Mora turned.
Neuheisel had never played in a big game, on a big stage, in a meaningful situation. As soon as Neuheisel entered the game, the Longhorns were no longer the 8-point underdogs that they were at Kickoff. Very few people felt that the Bruins could win without their Star QB. But Mora and his team had confidence in Neuheisel, and they rallied around the popular back-up.
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