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Nick Pasquale had 0.26 BAC when he was killed

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UCLA redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquale had alcohol in his system when he was hit by a car and killed in the early hours of Sept. 8 in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif.

NBC 4 LA reported on Thursday that Pasquale had alcohol in his system when he was killed. The cause of death was blunt force trauma from being hit by the car.

Lt. Jeff Hallock, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, told Larry Brown Sports that the toxicology report showed that Pasquale had a 0.26 blood alcohol level at the time of his death.

The Bruins dedicated their next game — a comeback victory at Nebraska — to Pasquale. A week later they ran their first offensive play against New Mexico State with just 10 players as a tribute to the deceased walk-on. UCLA has also been wearing patches on their jerseys featured Pasquale’s No. 36.

UCLA runs first play with 10 players as tribute to Nick Pasquale (Video)

UCLA dedicated the first play of its game against New Mexico State Saturday to Nick Pasquale, a redshirt freshman wide receiver who was killed after being hit by a car two weeks ago.

The Bruins received the opening kick and returned it 70 yards to the New Mexico State 16. Jordon James gained five yards on the first play despite the team playing 10 on 11. He fumbled on his next rush, but that didn’t ruin the gesture.

UCLA beat Nebraska on the road last weekend and dedicated the victory to Pasquale. This was UCLA’s first home game since Pasquale’s death.

In addition to playing with 10 men on the field for their first play, UCLA presented a framed jersey to Pasquale’s parents after the first quarter:

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UCLA honors Nick Pasquale in impressive comeback win over Nebraska

Brett Hundley Nick Pasquale towel

UCLA put together a second half for the ages on Saturday in a 41-21 comeback win over Nebraska, and they did it all to honor late teammate Nick Pasquale.

The Bruins had an early start time in Lincoln and fell behind 21-3 in the second quarter. They scored a touchdown late in the second to make it 21-10 at halftime, and they went on a scoring binge in the third, pouring on touchdowns in four consecutive possessions to go up 38-21. They shut out the Huskers 31-0 in the second half.

UCLA coach Jim Mora, who did an excellent job preparing his team for the second half, said after the game that the team intended to honor Pasquale, a walk-on receiver who died last weekend after being hit by a car.

“Our goal today was to honor Nick,” Mora said after the game. “Our goal today was to come out here and have our players reflect everything that he meant to us and everything that was great about him. To his family sitting at home, we did it for your son. We did it for your son.

“We got one for Nick, baby. We got one for Nick,” Mora said.

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was equally emotional after the game.

“We played for him. This is the game. This is the game for him,” Hundley said with a shaky voice.

Hundley also pulled out a towel during the game that said “RIP #36″ on it in honor of Pasquale. In addition to Hundley’s towel, UCLA had a No. 36 patch on their jerseys, and the coaches had one on their polo shirts:

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Jim Mora flips out on reporter who interrupts Nick Pasquale reflection (Video)

Jim-Mora-Jr-flips-on-reporterThe UCLA football team and community are in the middle of dealing with a tragedy. On Sunday, redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale died after he was hit by a car in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif. He was only 20 years old.

At his press conference on Monday, UCLA head coach Jim Mora took some time to extend his support for Pasquale’s family and discuss how his team has been dealing with the loss. After Mora spoke for about a minute, a reporter appeared to take a phone call and distract him with the volume of his voice. The coach became furious.

“Hey, shut up,” a steaming Mora snapped at the reporter. “The disrespect of some people is unbelievable. It’s just unbelievable to me.”

The reporter then apparently made a second mistake when he told Mora to continue with what he was saying.

“Don’t tell me to go on!” Mora yelled. “I’ll go on when I’m ready to go on. Why don’t you take your butt out of here if you’re gonna be disrespectful?”

You could then hear the reporter apologizing and saying he didn’t mean to be disrespectful, which Mora was in no mood to hear. After that, he muttered “I’ve got nothing to say” and stormed out of the room.

Who can blame him? A press conference is typically a very business-oriented environment with writers and reporters who are on the clock, but there are certainly exceptions. The person who interrupted Mora as he was sharing thoughts about someone who lost their life only a day ago should have known better. Mora had every right to lace into him.

H/T Deadspin

UCLA walk-on WR Nick Pasquale dies after being hit by car

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UCLA redshirt freshman walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale died early Sunday morning after being hit by a car in his hometown of San Clemente, Calif.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department listed the news on their website and says the incident occurred at 1:27 am Sunday morning on Camino De Los Mares, west of Calle Nuevo. Pasquale was a pedestrian and hit by a car. The sheriff’s department says an investigation is ongoing.

The San Clemente Times says they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the 20-year-old’s death.

Pasquale was a two-way player at San Clemente High School. According to his Max Preps profile, he scored 14 touchdowns during his varsity career as a rusher and receiver, and he had six interceptions and 89 tackles. He did not see action last season with the Bruins during his redshirt season.

Our thoughts are with Pasquale’s friends and family.

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