A moment of silence was held in memory of Nick Pasquale before the opening kickoff tonight's UCLA-New Mexico State football game, the Bruins' first at the Rose Bowl since the walk-on redshirt freshman receiver was struck by a car and killed.
A jersey was presented to Pasquale's father Mel, mother Laurie and brother AJ by coach Jim Mora and athletic director Dan Guerrero during the break between the first and second quarters next to the 36, Pasquale's number, that was painted on the 25-yard line.
The number will be painted on the field for all of UCLA's remaining games at the Rose Bowl this season.
T-shirts with 36 on the front was sold at UCLA Store locations at the Rose Bowl and online at UCLABruins.com. All proceeds from the sale of the T- shirts will go directly to the Nick Pasquale Foundation.
Blue towels with 36 printed on them were distributed at entrance gates.
Pasquale was hit by a Mercedes-Benz sedan about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 8 on Camino de Dos Mares, west of Calle Nuevo, in his hometown of San Clemente, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
The 20-year-old Pasquale briefly played in the Bruins' season-opening 58- 20 victory over Nevada Aug. 31 at the Rose Bowl.
"He had such an impact on our team," Mora said last week. "Those guys loved him and respected the heck out of him."
The Nick Pasquale Foundation will support athletes who demonstrate extreme effort and leadership on their teams, charitable groups influencing sports and athletes and athletes needing grants or scholarships. More information on the foundation can be found at its website, nickpasqualefoundation.com.- City News Service