UCLA Completes Miracle Comeback Over Texas A&M as Josh Rosen Shows Why He is the Best QB in College FootballRead Now
UCLA overcame a 44-10 deficit in the 3rd quarter last night to defeat Texas A&M 45-44. It was a major miracle, led by none other than the chosen one, Josh Rosen. One of the highest touted QB prospects in recent memory, just proved why there's a ton of hype around him with the master performance he displayed last night. Most top prospects would've rolled over after being done 30 plus with a little over 20 minutes to go, knowing they're going top 5 in the draft regardless of their team's success, but Josh Rosen isn't most prospects.
Josh Rosen is the chosen one for a reason, so for anyone to expect him to just give up that easily was sadly mistaken. He had an abysmal first half, you had the recency biased hardo's coming out saying he's overrated, he sucks, and he's going to be the next first round bust, boy did those takes age well. Anyone with a semblance of knowledge for the game of football clearly saw that his offensive line was delivering him no time or comfort in the pocket, the running game was non existent, and Texas A&M was playing pretty fucking well. I've always said a QB is only as good as his offensive line allows him to be, and Rosen's left tackle was a revolving door in the first half.
The second half rolled around, Josh Rosen was finally affored some time to let his receivers get open, and he begun ripping through the Texas A&M defense. The UCLA offense put together two methodical drives in which they just kept executing their assignments and making plays as a result. Josh Rosen did catch a break on the third drive of the second half when he heaved a pass down field that should've been picked off, however the defensive back let it go right through his outstretched hands, and it landed right in the lap of an open UCLA receiver for a 42 yard touchdown. All of the sudden we had ourselves a game with all the momentum swinging towards UCLA.
The UCLA defense is the unsung hero of this game, they haven't received the credit they deserve whatsoever. Yeah they might've let up 44 points, however when it came down to making stops when they had to, they got the job done. Also might've been in part to the Texas A&M QB getting injured, regardless I'll show some love for the Bruins tenacious D late in this football game.
The Bruins brought it to within 2 touchdowns, the offense was going to get a shot to not only bring the game within one possession, but maybe even win it if the defense could make a stop. With just over 4 minutes left they took the field for their second to last drive. This is where I was really interested in seeing what Rosen was made of, it was time to put him to the test, and boy did he pass with flying colors. He led the Bruins down the field in no time making big completion after big completion, he faced a big 4th down conversion, made the right throw, and never really looked fazed in the process. Then he dropped back inside the red zone, faced pressure, threw a great ball off his back foot, which his receiver made a great play on by coming back to ball before the defender could, and reeled it in for a touchdown. Then, he went back out with a chance to win after the UCLA defense forced a 3 and out. Rosen did more of the same making big throw after big throw, converting on big 4th down situations. After converting on a big 4th down inside the red zone, Rosen hurried to the line scrimmage, made it seem as if he were going to spike the ball, completely fooled the defense, and threw what was a perfect fade with just the right amount of touch on it where only the receiver could bring it down in the corner of the endzone. Rosen caps off his legendary night with 491 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. UCLA completes the 34 point comeback as Josh Rosen is the hero of the night and the savior of the UCLA season.
Unfortunately, in sports there's only one winner, so on the other side Kevin Sumland just watched his head coaching job at Texas A&M disappear along with his 34 point lead last night. Today, Texas A&M suits are calling for his job as it was one of the most pathetic displays of second half coaching I've ever seen. To blow a 34 point lead, to allow 35 unanswered points is just completely unacceptable at any level of coaching, but at this level it's a total abomination. I don't like calling for people's jobs, however there's no defense for Kevin Sumland after that embarrassing defeat.
Josh Rosen just showed every damn person on the planet why he should go #1 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Kevin Sumland showed everyone why coaching in college football is so damn important and why the SEC is faultering due to a lack of quality coaching. What a night of college football and what a way to finish an exhilarating first weekend of the football season. Here's to many more like this past one.