For three quarters, the Josh Rosen hype didn’t have any legs. UCLA struggled to get anything going. Texas A&M looked like the September Aggies, rolling through another opponent for a dominant win.
That was until Josh Rosen woke up and led UCLA on a 28-0 fourth-quarter comeback to stun the Aggies, 45-44.
Texas A&M built a 34-point lead and appeared to be waltzing through the road opener with an easy win.
Then the fourth quarter opened and Rosen put together an eight-play, 85-yard drive for a score. The defense held steady. Rosen put together a five-play, 95-yard drive for another touchdown. The defense held again, narrowly tipping a field-goal attempt to get the ball back. Rosen’s magic wasn’t done, rattling off a 1:31 drive 74 yards down the field for another touchdown to bring the Bruins within six points.
Another strong defensive effort gave the ball back to Rosen and Co. with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter. He was calm and collected, picking apart the exhausted Aggie defense while rapidly moving down the field.
A fourth-down dumpoff got the first down. A fake spike, then toss to the back of the end zone tied the ballgame and the extra point gave UCLA the lead.
UCLA stopped Kellen Mond on a fourth-down attempt and the comeback was over in already one of the wildest games this season.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Rosen had been pressured on 62 percent of his throws and he could really get nothing going. That’s what makes his nearly 500 yards throwing, four touchdowns and no interceptions look so remarkable.
It was that kind of performance reserved for the game’s truly special players. Rosen is just that.
It’s early to be making a case that he should be taken No. 1 overall. Somehow, this performance seems to be just that.