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10/01/17 - Josh Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown and a much-maligned UCLA defense came up with a big stop when it needed it most as the Bruins defeated Colorado 27-23 on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) came into the game as the No. 1 pass offense in the nation averaging almost 453 yards per game, while the Buffaloes (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) came in ranked in the top three in the Pac-12 in passing defense. When it came down to crunch time, it was the Bruins' offense that won the battle and clinched the game as UCLA ended a two-game skid after losing to Memphis and Stanford.
With UCLA nursing a 24-20 lead, the defense stopped a Colorado drive deep in Bruins' territory. Colorado had to settle for a James Stefanou 33-yard field goal to close the deficit to 24-23 with 6:46 remaining. The Bruins started their final crucial drive from their own 8-yard line. After Rosen was sacked for a 1-yard loss, he fired a strike from the shadows of his own goal line to Darren Andrews for an 18-yard gain, giving the Bruins some breathing room. From there, Rosen and the Bruins drove to Buffaloes' 14-yard line. Kicker JJ Molson made good on a 31-yard attempt with 26 seconds left to complete the 15-play, 79-yard drive. - The Sports Xchange
09/17/17 - UCLA and Josh Rosen came in with the reputation and the ranking. The Memphis Tigers think it is time they got some respect and notoriety. Rosen was unable to put together a fourth-quarter comeback like he did in the opener against Texas A&M, and Memphis beat the No. 25 Bruins 48-45. The nationally televised game showcased a Tigers program that is 2-0 and has beaten a ranked team in each of the last three seasons. Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and Jacobi Francis broke up a late fourth-down pass to lead Memphis. Francis' breakup with 56 seconds left sent the Tigers faithful into a celebration. Rosen, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country, was 34 of 56 for 463 yards and four touchdowns for the Bruins (2-1). But there also were two key interceptions. - AP College Football
09/16/17 - With UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen considered the potential top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, scouts from five teams -- the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals -- attended the Memphis game. Rosen passed for 463 yards and four touchdowns but was intercepted twice. UCLA (2-1) finished with 633 yards. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/17 - UCLA's offense picked up where it left off last week and practically was unstoppable on Saturday. After the Bruins overcame a 34-point deficit in their opener on Sunday, quarterback Josh Rosen completed 22 of 25 pass attempts for 329 yards and five touchdowns to lead UCLA to 56-23 win over Hawaii on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. In two games this season, Rosen has thrown for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. He was 12 of 14 in the first half as the Bruins (2-0) built a 35-7 advantage. Rosen led UCLA on a 99-yard scoring drive in only seven plays on its first possession. On a play-action pass, Rosen threw a dart and found Darren Andrews open from 25 yards out and UCLA was off and running. Hawaii drove 56 yards in eight plays setting up a field-goal attempt by Ryan Meskell. Meskell missed and the Bruins took over on Rainbow Warriors' 32-yard line. Rosen made the Rainbow Warriors pay as he guided the Bruins 68 yards in seven plays and a 26-yard touchdown strike to Theo Howard for a 14-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/17 - Josh Rosen's spectacular comeback for UCLA on Sunday vaulted him up the (early) list of the Pac-12's Heisman hopefuls. Rosen threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone as the Bruins rebounded from a 44-10 deficit for a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M at the Rose Bowl. Rosen faked a spike and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley with 43 seconds left for the win. It was the second-biggest comeback in FBS history, surpassed only by Michigan State's rally past Northwestern from a 35-point deficit in 2006. Rosen's performance drew raves, including from Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.
"He's a unique quarterback, I don't think there's any doubt about that, and he proved that on Sunday," Whittingham said. "Just the way he and his entire team handled adversity - that's just what you're looking for when you talk to your team about adversity. That was the epitome of it. He did a great job. Rosen earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the effort. He finished the game with 491 yards passing and those four final quarter touchdowns. Yes, it's super early, but Rosen's big day cemented his status as one of the league's possible Heisman candidates, along with fellow quarterbacks Sam Darnold of USC and Jake Browning of Washington. There were questions about how Rosen might rebound from last season when he was injured. - AP College Football
09/05/17 - A light rain fell on the Rose Bowl in muggy, 90-degree evening heat during the miserable first 40 minutes of UCLA's season opener. Thousands of dampened fans had already hit the exits with their Bruins trailing by 34 points. They missed nothing less than the greatest comeback in UCLA history and a defining moment in Josh Rosen's three-year quest to reach his enormous potential. Down 44-10 late in the third quarter, the Bruins scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions. Rosen's fake spike and ensuing 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley with 34 seconds left capped one of the most flabbergasting victories in college football history, 45-44 over Texas A&M .
"It got real bleak at a certain point," said Rosen, who passed for 292 yards and four TDs in that frantic fourth quarter alone. "Real, real bleak. It's not that we lost hope, because obviously we never did. But we just wanted to play good football. We wanted to be proud. We wanted to give our fans something to be proud of." The ones who stayed were proud, all right: In the first college football game ever played at the Rose Bowl on a Sunday, UCLA (1-0) made the second-biggest comeback in FBS history, surpassed only by Michigan State's rally past Northwestern from a 35-point deficit in 2006. Rosen was at the center of it all, shaking off several early sacks and stalled drives to lead an epic rally in the first game of his junior season. After beginning his career in 2015 as the nation's most prized quarterback prospect, Rosen missed half of UCLA's miserable 2016 season with an injury and became better known for his off-field candor than his on-field brilliance. - AP College Football
09/05/17 - Sept 5 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week: UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week for his efforts in the Bruins' historic comeback win over Texas A&M, the conference office announced Tuesday. Rosen orchestrated five touchdown drives down the stretch, as the Bruins rallied from a 44-10 third-quarter deficit to snatch a 45-44 season-opening win from the Aggies. The 34-point come-from-behind victory marked the largest in UCLA history and the second largest in an FBS game (35 by Michigan State, 2006). Over the game's final 15 minutes, the Manhattan Beach, Calif. native passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns. For the contest, Rosen established career highs in pass completions (35), pass attempts (59), passing yards (491), touchdown passes (four) and total offense (477 yards). The Player of the Week nod marks the second of Rosen's career and the first for a UCLA player since Ka'imi Fairbairn earned the honor for special teams play (Oct. 19, 2015). In addition to the conference nod, Rosen also earned a number of other accolades for his week-one performance. The other honors include: Maxwell Award Player of the Week for overall performance on offense, one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week and the Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week. The Bruins will return to action Saturday when they host Hawai'i at the Rose Bowl. - Pac-12 Football
09/03/17 - A fake spike on the winning touchdown pass capped UCLA's rally from a 34-point deficit Sunday at Rose Bowl Stadium, completing the greatest comeback in program history with a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M. The Bruins fell behind 44-10 in the third quarter before four Josh Rosen touchdown passes -- all in the fourth quarter -- and a Soso Jamabo scoring rush brought UCLA back. The Rose Bowl audience of 64,635 erupted on Rosen's fourth and final scoring pass, a 10-yard strike to Jordan Lasley with 43 seconds to play. On the winning score, Rosen faked a spike before connecting with Lasley, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the back left corner of the end zone. The UCLA quarterback hooked up twice with Darren Andrews for scores of 9 and 42 yards, and once with Theo Howard on a 16-yarder. The rally outpaced UCLA's previous biggest comeback by two full touchdowns. In 2005, the Bruins erased a 22-0 deficit against Northwestern.
UCLA's rally was just four points shy of matching the greatest comeback in FBS history, a 38-point rally by Michigan State against Northwestern in 2006. Rosen went 35 of 58 for 471 yards for the Bruins, who trailed 44-17 entering the final quarter. It was his first appearance since sustaining a shoulder injury that cost him the second half of the 2016 season. Rosen and the rest of the UCLA struggled mightily early. Texas A&M deployed an aggressive pass rush, exploiting the Bruins' inability to mount a consistent run game. UCLA endured a six-possession stretch with two fumbles, four punts and not a single first down. The Aggies capitalized with a multi-faceted rushing attack, led by running backs Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford. The duo combined for 317 of Texas A&M's 382 rushing yards and scored all five of the team's touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
08/18/17 - QB Josh Rosen must adapt to the schemes of new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, whose faster pace should help the potential high NFL Draft pick unload the ball before getting sacked. Look for the Rosen-to-Darren Andrews connection to be one of the best in the Pac-12. Rosen said he knows Andrews, a fifth-year senior receiver, is "going to be at the right place at the right time" and that they have built a chemistry.
07/27/17 - QB Josh Rosen was not brought to Pac-12 Media Days by UCLA, even though the junior quarterback is a potential high pick in the NFL Draft. Rosen, rated the No. 2 overall prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. missed six games last season because of a shoulder injury. "Through success and adversity, he has learned and he has matured," coach Jim Mora said. "If his attitude, his work ethic, his approach, his sense of dedication that I have seen is any indication of what is to come, then we're in for a real pleasure watching that young man play. He's very much become a team player." Rosen will be playing under new coordinator Jedd Fisch, UCLA's third offensive coordinator in three seasons. Mora said the lack of continuity is actually a positive for Rosen, who has been exposed to varied systems. "Josh has a thirst for knowledge," Mora said. "He soaks up the information. He wants to know the whys and the hows."