Josh Rosen’s Special Comeback Over Texas A&M: 3 Things That Matter
Josh Rosen pulled off an all-time great comeback to beat Texas A&M. What are the three things that matter?
1. 2017 Heisman Trophy Winner: Josh Rosen
Okay, okay, okay. UCLA stil has to deal with Stanford on the road. It has to face Oregon, it has to go to Washington and Utah, and it has to face Sam Darnold and USC on the other side of town.
The Bruins aren’t good enough to win all of those, or even most of them. Even so, if the world ended right now – and it just might – Josh Rosen would be the runaway Heisman winner.
Unfortunately, most of America turned away when the Bruins were down 44-10 to watch the magnificent West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech thriller.
But for those who didn’t see it, or went to bed, this was it. This was the Heisman moment.
It’ll go down in college football history. The Fake Spike.
That not only ended up winning the game, but it capped off an all-timer of a fourth quarter.
19-of-26 for 292 yards and four touchdowns. That’s pretty good. However …
2. There’s a reason Rosen had to do THAT
The UCLA defense was putrid.
Considering the Bruins have to face Washington and Stanford, getting physical will obviously be an issue.
Texas A&M ran amok behind a great day from the offensive line and 382 rushing yards from all the big-time backs. The secondary did its job – A&M QB Kellen Mond hit just 3-of-17 passes – but the front seven gave up 203 yards and two scores to Trayveon Williams and 114 yards and three touchdowns to Keith Ford.
But it wasn’t enough to overcome Rosen. He finished completing 35-of-58 passes for 491 yards and four touchdowns.
It only seemed like all of that happened in the fourth.
3. Okay, now what?
Now, Rosen not only vaults to the top of the Heisman list, he just took his NFL stock up a few notches. Don’t think for a moment that the pro scouts don’t fall for the magical moments just like everyone else – that’s what the pro guys want to see out of a quarterback.
It also gives Rosen an even bigger voice. After an offseason of slight controversy talking about how school and big-time football don’t mix, tonight for No. 3, they did.
And then there’s Kevin Sumlin.
Already on a hot seat, for Texas A&M to lose like that in an all-timer of a collapse certainly doesn’t help his chances to hang on to the gig. However, to put this into perspective, J.J. Watt just raised slightly more money for Hurricane Harvey relief than it would take to buy out Sumlin’s deal.
There’s still time to turn this around.
Mond had a rough night, but he’s a big-time talent who just needs time.
The running game is obviously terrific, and there’s enough talent across the board to come up with a huge year. With Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette up next, there’s time to get over this before dealing with Arkansas.
And to cheer up any Sumlin fans. for the longest time, which coach held the distinction of coaching the biggest collapse in college football history? Jimmy Johnson at Miami vs. Maryland in 1984.
He turned out to be okay.