UCLA started its 59-13 blowout against New Mexico State Saturday one man down.
And it wasn't a mistake.
According to several media outlets, the missing-man formation was yet another tribute to freshman player Nick Pasquale, whose death remains fresh and raw with the team.
“That was the players’ idea and Noel (Mazzone)’s idea,” coach Jim Mora told the student newspaper, the UCLA Daily Bruin. “Our 11th guy out there was ‘Pacman,’ and the players were fired up about doing that. I’m glad we did it.”