Nebraska vs. UCLA: Jim Mora Coaches Bo Pelini Directly on to the Hot Seat

Andrew CoppensContributor ISeptember 14, 2013

Nebraska's Bo Pelini just experienced a severe case of Deja Vu in Lincoln on Saturday as his Huskers went down to UCLA 41-21, and it may be the final straw that puts Pelini squarely on the hot seat once again.

Saturday in Lincoln was nearly an exact repeat of last year on the road. The only thing missing this time around was the furious fourth quarter comeback by Nebraska.

The Huskers led the game 21-10 at the half and appeared to be in control. 

Jim Mora, Jr. and Co. went back to the drawing board, made some adjustments and flat out outcoached Bo Pelini in the second half for the second straight year. 

The third quarter told us all we needed to know for the Huskers as they gave up 236 yards of offense and could only muster 57 yards of their own. 

Jim Mora's bunch put up 28 points in the quarter and Nebraska had zero answers for anything the Bruins threw at them. 

That's on coaching as much as it on players and, once again, Bo Pelini got out-foxed by the guys wearing the headsets across the field. 

Pelini couldn't adjust his defense, and his offense couldn't figure out how to attack UCLA in the second half. As the whistle blew to end the quarter, it went from 21-10 Huskers at the half to 38-21 UCLA, and the game was over.

Brett Hundley ate the secondary—the supposed strength of the weak Huskers defense—alive in the third quarter. He threw for all three of his touchdowns in the third and, no matter what Nebraska did, whether it was a double team, zone or man-to-man coverage, Pelini's guys had no way of stopping Hundley and the UCLA offense. 

That's on coaching, plain and simple.

Earlier this week I asked the question of just how important this game was to Bo Peilini's coaching career. Well, the loss and the way it happened should tell us all we need to know. 

Pelini is supposed to be a defensive coach, yet his defense gave up over 500 yards of total offense—210 yards on the ground—and allowed UCLA to convert on seven of 15 third down attempts. 

Nebraska football was once the darlings of the college football world, but under Pelini's leadership, this team has proven they can't win the big games. The Huskers are now 6-13 against ranked opponents under Bo Pellini. Not exactly how you build a championship program. 

While Pelini isn't likely to lose his job just yet, a second straight year with results like what happened on Saturday, and his seat is likely to be he hottest of them all in college football. 


Andy Coppens in the lead Big Ten writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for all things Big Ten.