Projected top-three QB draft pick Josh Rosen led the second-biggest comeback in NCAA history Sunday evening when his UCLA Bruins came back from a 34-point deficit to beat Texas A&M.
It was the biggest comeback in UCLA school history, as the Bruins found themselves trailing 44-10 at halftime. The magical winning TD came on an unbelievable fake-spike pass at the ten-yard line.
For most of the game though, Rosen's offense looked unable to do anything.
"But as the dirt was being tossed on UCLA's grave and fans marched for the exits, Rosen showed the world why he is projected to be one of the first players taken in next year's NFL draft," wrote ESPN.
"Thanks to a nonexistent running game, Rosen had to champion this astonishing comeback with that golden arm of his, and he didn't disappoint. After throwing for 114 yards on 9-for-23 passing in the first half, Rosen found more of a groove in the third quarter, as A&M's defense began to tire and its offense dug its feet into the grass, unable to move once freshmantook over for injured starter ."
"Then the fourth quarter came, and Rosen and his receivers fell into perfect harmony. In those final 15 minutes, Rosen threw for 292 yards and tossed a touchdown on all four drives, reasserting himself as one of the nation's best players, rather than a player known more for what he says off the field."
"He was popped, punished and flung around like a rag doll by an A&M defense that was trying to find new legs without former stars Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall. It was more of the same from one of the nation's worst offensive lines a year ago, as UCLA's big men allowed the face of its program to get clobbered."
Like many games of this outcome, Texas A&M did have a chance to essentially seal the game in the fourth quarter, but Braden Mann's field goal was blocked.
Rosen, who finished the game with 491 passing yards (third most in school history) and four touchdowns on 35-for-59 passing.