Breaking Down Josh Rosen’s Epic Comeback vs Texas A&M

Rosen pulled off the impossible comeback, with minimal support

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen led the Bruins to one of the most improbable comebacks in UCLA history on Sunday night, cementing his place as in Bruins history.

Here’s a look at Rosen’s passing chart from the game and a closer look at his overall performance:

  • First, let’s point out the this was Rosen’s first action in nearly 11 months. He suffered a season-ending injury on October 8, and the fact that he orchestrated this comeback while still shaking off the rust is certainly noteworthy.
  • Rosen’s offensive line did him absolutely no favors. He was pressured on over 50 percent of his dropbacks in the first half, and on 31 of 64 dropbacks in total. That’s an abysmal rate, even against a quality defense like Texas A&M. 27 of Rosen’s 59 attempts (including four throw aways) came while facing pressure. And he was hit, including sacks, on 16 of his 64 drobpacks—that’s a hit once every four times he dropped back to pass.
  • Fortunately for Rosen, Caleb Wilson stepped up and looks like he could emerge as the weapon Rosen needs. Wilson was originally a walk-on tight end at USC before transferring to UCLA. This was his first significant action for the Bruins and he hauled in 15 receptions on 18 targets.
  • The rest of UCLA’s receiving corps, however, was a little shaky. Rosen took some heat from certain analysts for firing the ball into windows that were probably a little too tight for comfort, but after re-watching the game it was clear that he didn’t have much choice. There were very few instances where Rosen missed an open receiver and settled for a lesser option. In total, receivers other than Wilson caught just 20 passes on 37 targets, and added three drops.

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