Times staff writer Zach Helfand examines the matchups as UCLA prepares to play Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl on Saturday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif:
Nebraska run game vs. UCLA defense
USC seemed to unlock UCLA's defense with a simple strategy: Run. A lot. USC ran 59 times, compared to passing 26 times, in its 40-21 win.
UCLA has struggled to stop the run all season (it ranks 88th) and now must contend with a shifty, mobile quarterback, Tommy Armstrong Jr., in addition to a talented running back, Terrell Newby Jr.
Newby has rushed for a pedestrian 743 yards this season but averaged 5.2 yards per carry,...