UCLA freshman quarterback Josh Rosen went 22 of 40 against Arizona State on Saturday, finishing with 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 38-23 loss. It was the third time this season that he has failed to complete more than 55 percent of his passes.
“I just need to learn the slow the game down before the snap,” he said. “Sometimes, I get up and just want to snap the ball, get going. But I feel like I need to be able to take that deep breath before hand and assess everything.”
No. 7 UCLA’s first loss of the season was a 38-23 upset to unranked Arizona State, one that saw the Bruins’ offense go scoreless in the first and third quarters. The home team started the game with three three-and-outs, and punted on five of its first six drives. The lone exception was a safety.
“We made it difficult on ourselves,” head coach Jim Mora said. “We have to own it, which we will, all of us — starting with me. … We have to find a way to get better, to learn from it, and move on. That’s what I’ll do.
“The one thing I appreciate is I think they’ve got tremendous heart and tremendous fight. That wasn’t enough tonight.”