UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley didn’t burst into this season with a long touchdown run on the first play.

He waited until the eighth play.

The No. 21 Bruins entered the 2013 season with high expectations and with their first appearance in a preseason poll since 2007.

Yet they waited until the second half before putting away a pesky Nevada team.

The 58-20 victory in the Rose Bowl on Saturday was a start. The start of what? Well, for that answer, Bruins fans will have to wait.

But like last season, Hundley insisted that UCLA hit the season running.

He announced himself to the college football world last season with a 72-yard touchdown run on the first play in a victory over Rice. He reminded everyone of his presence Saturday.

Hundley’s 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter got things started against Nevada. By the time he was finished, the only quarterback questions remaining were across town at USC.

“It looked like he is actually breathing on plays instead of holding his breath like last year,” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. “Last year, he was just running the plays I called. This year he is understanding. He’s asking for things. He’s seeing things. That’s pretty cool.”

The Bruins have some growing to do elsewhere, a lot of it before going to Lincoln to face Nebraska on Sept. 14. But the one thing that will make Coach Jim Mora snooze like a child at night is Hundley.

If last season’s opener was a coming-out party, Saturday’s performance was almost a coronation.

Hundley completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He gained an additional 63 yards rushing. He had 337 of UCLA’s 647 total yards.

“It there’s one place you want to have some security, it’s at quarterback,” Mora said. “It is so different than last year, when he was so much an unknown. There’s an intensity about him. He just really wants to be a great player. You've got to love it.”

Other areas of the team still have questions.

The Bruins’ rebuilt secondary looked vulnerable at times. The defense, as a whole, bent far too easily in the first half, though Nevada was unable to cash in its opportunities to the fullest.

The question of whether the Bruins had a replacement for running back Johnathan Franklin was closer to being answered. Jordon James had 155 yards rushing, including a 26-yard touchdown run, with an array of zigzag runs worthy of his nickname “Joystick.” UCLA had 345 yards rushing.

Whether the Bruins have a punter to replace Jeff Locke remained a mystery. Freshman Sean Covington never got a chance to kick.

There are no issues at quarterback.

“If people thought [Hundley] was good last year, they’re in for a huge surprise,” receiver Shaquelle Evans said.