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This throw by Josh Rosen is why National Football League scouts are drooling

This throw by Josh Rosen is why National Football League scouts are drooling

The potential UCLA nightmare turned into reality.

Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson led the upset charge with 398 passing yards and six touchdowns. But Memphis answered with a four-play, 81-yard drive, the final 3 coming on a pass from Ferguson to Phil Mayhue with 9:56 left. The Bruins snapped out of the early funk, though, and the two teams traded scores much of the afternoon, particularly in a 37-point second quarter and 28-point third quarter. Lasley's absence opened the door for Theo Howard to produce the best game of his college career, and Darren Andrews made three more touchdown catches, giving him five on the season. UCLA kicker JJ Molson has 10 touchbacks on 18 kickoffs this season, so Pollard will need to take advantage of his opportunities. He did throw his first interception of the season, ending a streak of 216 passes without a pick dating to last season.

UCLA may need to play a more conservative, controlled style on offense and give the defense time to catch its breath against a Memphis running game that had two ball carriers surpass the 100-yard mark in the first half of its season opener.

Rosen was intercepted again on the ensuing drive, leading to Memphis calling a fake field goal that was intercepted in the end zone.

The Aggies' collapse overshadowed an incredible performance from Trayveon Williams, who spearheaded the early dominance with 203 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

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For all of the hype about Rosen, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Ferguson matched his counterpart, completing 23 of 38 passes for Memphis (2-0), and his connections with wide receiver Anthony Miller meant the difference. Rosen entered the game with all the headlines, but Ferguson stole the show in what was his first real chance to put up numbers this year.

It's a tough loss for UCLA to take, particularly with next week's road trip to Stanford on tap.

A visit by the 25th ranked UCLA Bruins is getting everyone's attention.

Head coach Mike Norvell after the game said this is a game that will be remembered for some time.