WATCH: Here is Josh Rosen’s first career touchdown pass

This is not Josh Rosen’s most impressive pass of the day. His first career touchdown was a four-yard pass to Devin Fuller, on a play where no Virginia defender was near the senior receiver.

All the ones he threw before that though? It’ll be hard to slow the Rosen hype machine now. The true freshman opened his career with a bomb to Kenneth Walker III — one that traveled 55 yards or so through the air, and would’ve been a 75-yard score had it not bounced off Walker’s hands.

UCLA wound up going three-and-out, but when Rosen took the field again, he completed five straight passes to guide a 56-yard touchdown drive. The Bruins held a 7-3 lead over the Wahoos at the end of the first quarter, with Rosen going 7 of 8 for 74 yards.

UPDATE: His second touchdown was his best pass of the day (so far). UCLA up 14-6 after the throw to Thomas Duarte.

  • Tommy B Low Us

    Rosen’s start has been the most impressive of any true freshman since…..? Who is eating crow right now?

    • ProbationU

      Should have redshirted

      • Tommy B Low Us

        Now to watch Devin Lucien rip it up against a&m.

    • Laker Rod

      It’s one game. Ben Olson started off hot against Utah. Brett Hundley started off hot his redshirt frosh year. Folks like yourself were boasting at that time also. What happened?

      UCLA was a 19.5 point favorite? Didn’t beat the spread. They struggled to pull away from a Virginia team that has now lost 11 road games in a row. Too many penalties by the Virginia offense. They moved the ball quite well at times though against UCLA’s defense.

      Josh Rosen made quite a few nice and excellent throws. But some of those throws won’t be there on the road and against better teams. The O line passed blocked very well. The running game was a bit inconsistent.

      Rosen is much slower than I even imagined. He took a couple of shots too after throwing the ball.

      Penalties from Jack is still a concern.

      It’s a long season. One game at a time. The real test is conference play.

      • UCLA owns LA Football


      • Tommy B Low Us

        Josh Rosen sets records for a true freshman QB in completions, attempts, passing yds. Ties TD mark w/ 3 in 34-16 win. Yep but true freshmen should all red shirt. Pff!

        • ProbationU

          I agree a little bit with Laker Rod in that it is one game. Yet, there are some things that you can see from this game, even if you can’t project it to an entire season. If the line is able to protect him well, he can cause a lot of damage to opposing defenses.

          1. He made every throw. He has great arm strength but also has great touch on other throws.

          2. He moves well in the pocket, just slight little movements to get space to make the throw.

          3. He throws with great accuracy.

          4. He never looked nervous.

          Virginia is a mediocre team that stacked the box to stop the run and force Rosen to beat them. Well, in the future teams will have to respect the pass which should open up the running lanes.

          Was Nate Starks injured? Both Soso and Bolu did some nice things. It was nice to see Iese utilized some after hearing about it for 2 years and not seeing it happen.

          Bradley made some 2nd half adjustments on D and I don’t remember any penalties in the 2nd half after some dumb ones in the 1st half that extended drives. All in all, a pretty solid performance for the 1st game.

          • Tommy B Low Us

            Those are all legit observations as well, but I am addressing the elephant in the room regarding the true freshman quarterback. My agruement the whole time is that you cannot compare everything and everybody…then expect the same result. All people and situations are different. This is a prime example of a true freshman quarterback, despite what previous freshmen did, setting record numbers. Moral of the story is…NEVER SAY NEVER.

            If you guys are being overly critical because you want them to do well, I guess we are on the same page.

        • Laker Rod

          Imagine if this UCLA team was built where Josh Rosen could have redshirted. That’s where you and others are missing the point. Some programs are able to get guys like Hundley to stay an extra year and we would then have a better, bigger, and stronger Rosen in 2016. Why did Andrew Luck redshirt? Winston? Mariota?

          But as I said before…we’ll see what happens. One game doesn’t make a season. We have a long ways to go.