No. 25 UCLA comes up short in Memphis barnburner – Daily News


MEMPHIS >> A failed fake field goal gave UCLA one last chance and it slipped through the arms of Darren Andrews 10 plays later on fourth-and-3.

UCLA ran out of bullets in a shootout against Memphis on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium as the Tigers knocked off the No. 25 Bruins 48-45.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was 34-for-56 for 463 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw his first interceptions of the season. The junior looked like the worst version of his freshman self when he rolled out to his right and tried to throw a pass back across his body in the third quarter. He missed an open receiver who would have had the first down. Instead, he watched Memphis linebacker Tim Hart run back an interception untouched.

Rosen threw another in the fourth quarter after a blitzer came unblocked around the edge and he tried to throw the ball off his back foot.

Without seniors Kenny Young and Jaleel Wadood, the UCLA defense yielded 633 yards to the Tigers. Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson was 23 for 38 passing with 398 yards and six touchdowns. He threw two touchdowns in the second quarter on short screen passes that turned into 47- and 42-yard scores.

Miller, one of the top receivers in Memphis history, was quiet until late in the second quarter when he caught a diving catch for 41 yards. He ended with a team-leading nine catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

After trailing 27-24 at halftime, UCLA took a 45-41 lead with 11:45 to go on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Rosen to tight end Austin Roberts. But the Tigers responded with a clinical drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown from Ferguson to Phil Mayhue with 9:56 left.

Memphis tried a fake field goal on fourth-and-5 with 3:01 left, but defensive back Octavius Spencer picked off the Memphis kicker in the end zone to give UCLA a final chance to win. UCLA drove into Memphis territory but Rosen’s fourth-down pass to Andrews fell incomplete.

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