If this was to be quarterback Brett Hundley’s last collegiate football game, at least the redshirt junior went out with a bang. A good bang at that. Hundley, considered the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy at the beginning of the 2014 college football season, didn’t quite have the all-time game he may have wanted to produce in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl against Kansas State, coming up with just 136 yards through the air and one score.
However, Hundley’s athletic versatility was on full display as he rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead UCLA to a 40-35 win against the Wildcats in San Antonio, Texas. The win gave coach Jim Mora and UCLA a 10-3 overall mark for the season, while Kansas State dropped to 9-4. Hundley wasn’t the only Bruin to shine brightly during the Jan. 2 date with Kansas State. Running back Paul Perkins came up huge, rushing for a game-high 194 yards on 20 carries and tacking on two other touchdowns to give the Bruins a strong run attack against the Wildcats.
For the game, UCLA rushed for 331 yards for the game to offset Kansas State’s balanced attack. Depsite their offensive prowess, the Bruins still had to withstand the scoring firepower of Kansas State. Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett proved to be nearly unstoppable, grabbing 13 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats roared back from a 31-6 first half deficit to make the game close at the end. But this game was more or less about Hundley and his future. There’s been much speculation about Hundley leaving school to declare himself for the 2015 NFL Draft. If that is the case, the best case scenario as of now has Hundley going to a team in the second round.
Hundley, speaking about the possibility that this may be his last game as a Bruin, talked about what it meant to go out on top with the seniors.
“I think speaking on behalf of all the seniors, it’s just a good way to go out on top I think for all of us,” Hundley said. “We really wanted this game?? everybody wanted the game, and we came in ready to get the 10th win of the season.”
But while focus has been on what Hundley will do next, the UCLA quarterback talked a little about the future and development and play of the explosive Perkins, who riddled Kansas State with touchdown runs of 32 and 67 yards.
” Huge. Huge,” Hundley said. “Paul has always been to me the best back in the country. He showed that today. And I think this offense, having Johnathan Franklin, and then everybody is wondering who was going to replace him, Paul stepped in and did an amazing job, and has done that consistently this year every time he plays.”