56-23 Bruins Win
UCLA made short work of the Rainbow Warriors, meeting expectations in this game against a Mountain West bottom dweller. Rosen looked great and the Bruins rushed the ball effectively, but the run defense continues to be a glaring weakness against a team that shouldn’t have been able to do what they did.
Josh Rosen Continues to Ball
Rosen sliced up the Rainbow Warriors defense more or less at will, completing 88% of his passes for 329 yards and 5 touchdowns. The run game found its stride as well, getting over 5 yards per carry and 2 touchdowns of their own. The Rainbow Warriors are never a stout defense, but you couldn’t have asked for a more complete showing.
Run Defense Still Out to Lunch
A solid scoring margin for UCLA hides a disturbing nugget in the box score- 281 yards on 6.7 a carry. After giving up similar yardage to Texas A&M, UCLA fans should be concerned about this trend. Not every team will hop in the hot tub and let Josh Rosen have his way with them. There’s plenty on tape for this defense to work on.
Memphis. This is a strong Group of 5 opponent, although UCLA should be favored headed into it. That suspect rushing defense of UCLA’s will be tested by the capable rushing attack of the Tigers, and for the first time the Bruins won’t have the home crowd behind them when it doesn’t go according to plan.