About last night: A review of UCLA’s 48-45 loss to Memphis

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen (3) scrambles against Memphis in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

UCLA fell to 2-1 after losing a 48-45 shootout at Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Bruins had a chance to win or tie on their final drive after a failed fake field goal attempt from Memphis, but they stalled near midfield. Memphis dialed up pressure and Josh Rosen was nearly intercepted on first-and-10. Rosen missed his next three passes, including the fourth-down attempt to Darren Andrews.

The UCLA defense gave up a season-high 560 yards and six passing touchdowns to Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson. Opponents are averaging 515.3 yards per game and 6.2 yards per play against UCLA through three games.

Links to recap the action from UCLA’s nonconference finale:

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Game GIFs: Memphis 48, UCLA 45

UCLA lost a shootout to Memphis 48-45 on Saturday in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The Bruins fall to 2-1 after the loss heading into their conference opener against Stanford on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

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UCLA football game day links: On the road

UCLA running back Nate Starks (23) catches a pass for a first down past Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai (31) in the first half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

UCLA is one win away from a perfect nonconference season, but this last hurdle doesn’t look like an easy one to clear.

The No. 25 Bruins (2-0) face Memphis (1-0) at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT. Both defenses are dealing with injuries and suspensions while both offenses have big playmakers, so we could be in for a Saturday-morning shootout in UCLA’s first road game of the season.

The TV broadcast is on ABC and the radio broadcast is on AM 1150.

All your pregame reading:

Pregame graph: UCLA, Memphis HC Mike Norvell have history

Former Arizona offensive coordinator Mike Norvell is entering his second year as Memphis’ head coach. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

UCLA has only played Memphis once in its history, but the Bruins should know plenty about what the Tigers can do.

Second-year Memphis head coach Mike Norvell spent four years at Arizona State as the offensive coordinator under Todd Graham. The Sun Devils went 2-2 against the Bruins during Norvell’s tenure in the desert, but each year, his offense outgained UCLA’s. Here’s a look at the history between UCLA and Norvell: Continue reading “Pregame graph: UCLA, Memphis HC Mike Norvell have history” »