After UCLA lost Paul Perkins to a leg injury in the second quarter, freshman Soso Jamabo took the lead role in the Bruins’ backfield through the rest of the 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal. He finished with 79 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, the first time he’s had double-digit touches in his career.
UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley talked about the Bruins’ 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal, touching on his defensive backs’ performance as well as the loss of inside linebacker Isaako Savaiinaea to what looked like a severe leg injury.
Here are the records that Josh Rosen set on Thursday night, when he put in a career performance in a 40-24 win over Cal:
— 34 completions, the most in a single game by any UCLA quarterback. Brett Hundley and Richard Brehaut both had 33 in 2014 and 2010, respectively.
— 399 passing yards, the sixth-highest single-game total in UCLA history. It broke his own freshman single-game mark of 351, which he set in his career debut against Virginia.
— 1,967 passing yards on the season, the most for a UCLA true freshman. Cade McNown had 1,698 in 1995. Rosen has at least five games left to pull away.
Asked about his completions record, Rosen said: “I don’t really care. We won the football game. One of my idols is Kellen Moore, the winningest quarterback in college football. His name rings a lot more bells than, I think it was the University of Houston quarterback (Case Keenum) that has the most passing yards of all time.
“I really don’t care. I just want to win football games.”
UCLA head coach Jim Mora talked about after the Bruins’ 40-24 win over No. 20 Cal on Thursday, touching on what the team was able to do differently after back-to-back losses.
What he didn’t want to focus on was the big picture, which still has his team facing an uphill battle in the Pac-12 South race.
“Our goals are to get better every day,” Mora said. “We’re about the process, quite frankly. I said that to someone earlier in the week, and someone said I lashed out when I talked about ‘the process.’ We’re trying to get better every single day and focus on each singular step.
“Tonight was another step. But we have to back it up with another good step tomorrow. That’s where our intentions our.”