MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The UCLA Bruins’ resume consists of a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M followed by a convincing home win over Hawaii.
And while quarterback Josh Rosen and the No. 25 Bruins have put themselves among the nation’s top teams right now, the Memphis Tigers have only one rain-soaked game under their belts to prepare themselves for this matchup.
For UCLA, this visit to Memphis for Saturday morning’s game will be a test if the Bruins (2-0) can keep up their strong start. The Tigers (1-0) are just happy to finally be back to football after an unscheduled open date with Hurricane Irma canceling last week’s game at Central Florida.
“Hopefully, this week we’ll actually get the game” in, Memphis coach Mike Norvell said.
Rosen has been simply dazzling over his past five quarters starting with UCLA’s rally for a 45-44 win over Texas A&M , throwing for 292 of his career-best 491 yards in the fourth quarter. He drove UCLA to five touchdowns in the final 18 minutes. Rosen followed that up with a 56-23 win over Hawaii , completing 22 of 25 passes with one of the incompletions a drop.
“I just think he’s got his mojo back,” said senior wide receiver Darren Andrews, who has caught five of Rosen’s nine touchdowns.
Riley Ferguson hasn’t had a chance yet to showcase his strengths for Memphis after completing only 10 of 25 for 97 yards in brisk winds and rain in the remnants of Hurricane Harvey against Louisiana-Monroe. Memphis from the American Athletic Conference stuck to the ground in that game, running for 319 yards.
“They didn’t play last week, probably emotional a little bit,” UCLA…
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