No. 25 UCLA comes up short in Memphis barnburner

Memphis upset UCLA despite the gutsiest call of the game going badly

Memphis upset UCLA despite the gutsiest call of the game going badly

Within 10 minutes of play after the pick-six, Rosen had the Bruins back on top, launching a ideal 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the corner of the end zone on the ensuing possession and then hitting Austin Roberts for another score early in the fourth quarter to give UCLA a 45-41 lead.

"One game can't define a season, but one game can be remembered", Norvell said.

All the points were scored in this game. All. Of. The defense isn't in the clear, either, which allowed six passing touchdowns to Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson and kept them in the game from start to finish. It's still hard to get a good read on either team, but both were known for quality defenses in recent years.

The comeback vs. Texas A&M helped push the Bruins into the top 25, but that stay won't last long.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was the catalyst, finishing 35-of-58 for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

After trailing 27-24 at halftime, UCLA took a 45-41 lead with 11:45 to go on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Rosen to tight end Austin Roberts.

Three losses in eight games would doom UCLA if a conference title is in sight. He was baited into an ill-advised pass that was returned for a touchdown by the Memphis defense midway through the third quarter.

"I just have to make sure I'm reading my keys and getting us into the right play".

MEMPHIS: Not only were the Tigers not ranked last week, but they didn't receive any votes.

CRUSHING BLOW: Memphis linebacker J.J. Russell was taken from the field on a cart in the second quarter after a brutal block on a Tigers kickoff. "He's fine", Norvell said. Memphis may be the better team, and it was certainly the more well-rounded of the two. He will face a decent challenge next Saturday as UCLA goes on the road to play against Stanford.

MEMPHIS: The Tigers play their third straight home game to open the season, facing Southern Illinois next Saturday.

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