University of Memphis knocks off #25 UCLA

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2017

Within 10 minutes of play after the pick-six, Rosen had the Bruins back on top, launching a flawless 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the corner of the end zone on the ensuing possession and then hitting Austin Roberts for another score early in the fourth quarter to give UCLA a 45-41 lead. The nationally televised game showcased a Tigers program that is 2-0 and has beaten a ranked team in each of the last three seasons.

Both teams managed to answer the opponents' scores through the game.

University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson threw for 398 yards and six touchdowns, and the Tigers' defense came up with two key second-half interceptions to upset No. 25 UCLA 48-45 Saturday.

However, a UCLA defense that struggled throughout the majority of the contest needed to stand strong during the comeback and give Rosen a chance to do the impossible.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen was the catalyst, finishing 35-of-58 for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

Memphis failed to convert the turnover into points but took three minutes off the clock, driving to the UCLA 16, where a fake field goal try was unsuccessful.

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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.

Texas A&M's win probability was as high as 99.5% with 4:21 left in the game against UCLA.

"I'm just so happy for these players, for these coaches, for this community", Norvell said right after the game. "We talked about that at halftime".

In an offensive-oriented game, it was a defensive play by Memphis defensive back Jacobi Francis that secured the victory. But the Tigers responded with a clinical drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown from Ferguson to Phil Mayhue with 9:56 left. "There were mistakes that were made against a really good football team", Norvell said.

After the first play of the game, it looked like Memphis might blow their game against UCLA wide open.

For the third year in a row, the Tigers have taken down a top 25 team at home.

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