"Redshirt, freshman, that doesn't mean nothing to me," Hundley said. "As long as you work hard and get out and do the things you need to do."
Hundley showed poise beyond his years throughout the game, particularly on a fourth-quarter drive after USC had closed the lead to 31-28.
On first down from his own 17-yard line, with 7 minutes 16 seconds left, Hundley threw 18 yards to Shaq Evans, a brilliant call for a team not content to get conservative.
"In this offense, we're not thinking take it easy, or take it slow," Hundley said.
On third and 13 on the same drive, from the 47, Hundley found Fauria for a 15-yard completion.
Hundley demoralized a USC defense desperately needing a stop to get the ball back, and USC finally broke when Johnathan Franklin scored on a 29-yard run.
"We weren't going to go into a shell," Mora said of the drive. "That's not how you do it. That's not how you win games like this."
Hundley has given UCLA stability at quarterback it has not enjoyed in years. The Bruins of late have had a hard time even keeping quarterbacks in the upright position.
Since 2005, Kevin Craft in 2008 is the only UCLA quarterback to make it through a season unscathed. And Craft was the starter only because UCLA's top two quarterbacks were injured in spring practice.
Because Hundley stands strong in the pocket, UCLA is now on top in the standings.
"He plays with such poise, leadership," Fauria said.
And he's "only" a freshman.