UCLA paid tribute to late wide receiver Nick Pasquale by running its first offensive play against New Mexico State with just 10 players on the field on Saturday night. Pasquale, a 20-year-old redshirt freshman walk-on from San Clemente Calif., was fatally struck by a car while walking on Sept. 8.
The No. 13 Bruins sent 11 offensive players out onto the field for their first offensive play following the kickoff return but wide receiver Shaquelle Evans quickly came off the field. UCLA running back Jordon James ran for 4 yards on the play.
"Our 11th guy out there was Pacman, and the players were fired up about doing that," UCLA coach Jim Mora said, via ESPN LA.
The idea to honor Pasquale with a posthumous spot in the starting lineup belonged to Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, according to the L.A. Times.
The Bruins also honored Pasquale by painting his No. 36 on the field at the Rose Bowl. The crowd also received blue towels with the number, too.
Following the first quarter, Pasquale's parents joined Mora and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero on the field for a ceremony, reports The Associated Press.
UCLA defeated New Mexico State 59-13.
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