Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M blows 44-10 lead to UCLA in 45-44 collapse
It was 44-10 Texas A&M in the third quarter folks.
Yes, the Aggies managed to collapse leading by 34 points. It was almost if Kevin Sumlin bumped up his timeline for what his teams typically do in the second half of the season: struggle. The Bruins came all the way back from what looked to be an insurmountable lead, led behind the brilliance of QB Josh Rosen.
Rosen was eaten alive during the first half this game. It seemed like pressure was in his face every time he dropped back to pass, but the Bruins quarterback stayed composed. In spite of all the hits, Rosen didn’t throw an interception.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, UCLA QB Josh Rosen has been pressured on 62 percent of his dropbacks (18-of-29)…. https://t.co/j53Bc6BM1t
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) September 4, 2017
He proved many haters wrong Sunday night, throwing for almost 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. His NFL talent was evident throughout the second half, completing one clutch pass followed by another over and over again. No throw was more important than the one below.
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) September 4, 2017
Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams’ and Keith Ford’s great days will be forgotten in light of the catastrophic failure. The two running backs combined for over 300 yards and five touchdowns but really weren’t factors towards the end of the game.
Williams was especially enjoying the spotlight early in the game.
He probably wasn’t smiling after the game.
Aggie quarterbacks floundered compared to the UCLA signal-caller. Nick Starkel left the game injured in the third quarter without leaving much of a mark. Kellen Mond finished the game three for 17 in the air with less than 30 passing yards.
Sophomore tight end Caleb Wilson had a monster outing with UCLA. The talented 6-4 specimen collected 15 passes for over 200 yards. Wide receivers Darren Andrews and Jordan Lasley tacked on another 200 plus yards and three touchdowns combined.
Last season, the Aggies outlasted the Bruins in overtime, winning 31-24. It was the Texas A&M defense that stood strong on a fourth and goal, refusing to allow UCLA to get into the end zone, sealing the victory.
This game was a completely different story.
Texas A&M heads back home this week to take on Nicholls State in College Station. Kevin Sumlin will have a lot to think about between now and then.
Still, the win wasn’t good enough for some people.
But, sadly for many, the Bruins don’t cover. Good teams win. Great teams cover. VSIN, baby !!
— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) September 4, 2017