UCLA lost one of their own only two weeks ago, and on Saturday night, the Bruins honored redshirt freshman Nick Pasquale with a moving tribute.
In their first game at home since the wide receiver passed away after being struck by a car, UCLA presented his brother and father with a framed jersey prior to kickoff. His name and number will remain on the Rose Bowl turf for the remainder of the season in the exact spot where he lined up for his one play, and 20,000 Pasquale towels were distributed before the Bruins took on New Mexico State.
The tributes didn’t stop once the game started, either. UCLA ran their first offensive play with only 10 players on the field. With 11 players in their huddle, Shaquelle Evans suddenly sprinted past his spot on the field, and onto the sidelines. The Bruins lined up with 10, only missing one wide receiver — the position Pasquale played — and the Bruins gained four yards as the Aggies had the man advantage.
Check out UCLA’s first play in the video, where you can also see Pasquale’s number on the turf.