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. The receiving end was taken care off by Theo Howard who made game-high 110 yards receiving on seven catches with a score.
However, a UCLA defense that struggled throughout the majority of the contest needed to stand strong during the comeback and give Rosen a chance to do the impossible.
UCLA: The Bruins entered the Top 25 rankings this week - barely - holding the last spot.
For the game, Rosen completed 34 of 56 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions but was upstaged by Memphis counterpart Riley Ferguson, who completed 23 of 38 passes for 398 yards and six touchdowns with one interception.
UCLA jumped out to a 17-7 advantage in the first half, but coughed up the lead before halftime and trailed all the way into the early fourth quarter when Rosen connected on his third touchdown of the second half to take a 45-41 lead.
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Also, Demetric Felton ran for 37 yards notching a score while Bolu Olorunfunmi ran for 32 yards and a score. In the end, the loss came down to the quarterback at his own 20-yard line, with 2:47 to win the game, and he came up short, turning the ball over on downs.
"I'm just so happy for these players, for these coaches, for this community", Norvell said right after the game. The Tigers were led in rushing by Darrell Henderson, who had 14 carries for 105 yards, the fourth time in three games the Bruins have allowed an opponent to surpass 100 yards on the ground.
In an offensive-oriented game, it was a defensive play by Memphis defensive back Jacobi Francis that secured the victory.
I repeat: The Tigers gunslinger hit targets six different times for a touchdown. "But our guys continued to push and continued to battle". The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the Tigers-Knights game is rescheduled for September 30.