Considering this is college football, the UCLA Bruins probably weren’t prepared to throw the Texas Longhorns off guard by choosing to defer after winning the coin toss.
Apparently, no one told the Longhorns captains that deferring means they have the option to receive in the second half, so they elected to kick.
According to Bruin Report Online, the referee even tried explaining the situation to the Texas captain, but he still wanted to kick.
Brian Davis from the Austin American-Statesman tweeted that head coach Charlie Strong was furious at Tank Jackson, the player who apparently made the call.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. was apparently quite surprised about the decision according to Bruin Report Online.