UCLA stuns Aggies with 34-point comeback

Sep 3 2017 Pasadena CA USA Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin reacts during a NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl

Sep 3 2017 Pasadena CA USA Texas A&M Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin reacts during a NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl

The game was bananas.

Rosen brought the Bruins to within six by avoiding a stout Aggies rush and hanging in to throw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Theo Howard.

When UCLA and Texas A&M headed to halftime with the Aggies leading 38-10, the talk was about whether Jim Mora Jr. would make it to Monday still as the Bruins' head coach.

Texas A&M's first touch moved 75 yards in 11 snaps, capped by a 5-yard Keith Ford run. This is on top of another rushing touchdown he scored in the first quarter.

On Sunday, they chose to get the collapse over with in one game, rather than wait until November for their fall from grace. All four of Rosen's touchdowns and 292 of the yards came in the fourth quarter alone.

The third quarter was much of the same with the Aggies kicking a couple field goals and UCLA scoring a touchdown with two minutes left in the quarter.

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In game time, the play may have looked like improvisation from Rosen, who completed 35 of 59 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

And somewhere around there, the madness REALLY started.

Josh Rosen was nearly sacked for a significant loss in the red zone with just over three minutes left in the contest. They were also without starting quarterback Nick Starkel for most of the second half after he suffered an apparent ankle injury, and Kellen Mond took over.

Starkel was seen in a walking boot and using crutches after exiting the game. We were asking them to do some things that are very tough to do. Josh Rosen moved the ball well, but we just didn't finish executing.

Any sort of blown lead like that is going to inspire a ton of angst, no matter the context.

The Aggies left the Rose Bowl as victims of a stunning 45-44 loss to UCLA. Rosen did what he does best, though, and put the team on his back. Next up for UCLA is a Saturday clash with Hawaii.

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