June 19, 2018

3 takeaways from upset loss at Memphis

17 September 2017, 02:05 | Anna Jefferson

Memphis football's JJ Russell taken off field on stretcher after scary hit to head vs. UCLA

Memphis football's JJ Russell taken off field on stretcher after scary hit to head vs. UCLA

Memphis quickly jumped back ahead on a four-play, 81-yard touchdown drive, though, and Rosen tossed an interception on the Bruins' next possession.

"One game can't define a season, but one game can be remembered", Norvell said. And while Rosen threw for 463 yards and four touchdowns, the Pick-6 by Hart and another Memphis interception when UCLA was deep in Tiger territory, were damaging. It's still hard to get a good read on either team, but both were known for quality defenses in recent years.

A visit by the 25th ranked UCLA Bruins is getting everyone's attention.

Tigers quarterback Riley Ferguson led the upset charge with 398 passing yards and six touchdowns. Texas A&M led 44-10 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter before UCLA scored the final five touchdowns of the contest to shock the SEC's Aggies and start the season with an improbable victory. Andrews finished with 142 receiving yards and the two scores, while Caleb Wilson led the team with 208 receiving yards.

From there, it was up to the Tigers' defense, which despite, giving up 633 yards, did not allow another touchdown. In the end, the loss came down to the quarterback at his own 20-yard line, with 2:47 to win the game, and he came up short, turning the ball over on downs.

"I just have to make sure I'm reading my keys and getting us into the right play". The Tigers were led in rushing by Darrell Henderson, who had 14 carries for 105 yards, the fourth time in three games the Bruins have allowed an opponent to surpass 100 yards on the ground.

A failed fake field goal gave UCLA one last chance and it slipped through the arms of Darren Andrews 10 plays later on fourth-and-3. "We talked about that at halftime. There were mistakes that were made against a really good football team", Norvell said.

It's a tough loss for UCLA to take, particularly with next week's road trip to Stanford on tap. The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the Tigers-Knights game is rescheduled for September 30.

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