Well, as the Bruins get their 2015 season started on Saturday afternoon, Rosen has not had any issues thus far. The passes, completions and yards were records for a UCLA true freshman and the touchdown passes tied Cade McNown’s record from 1995. Considered by many to be the top high school quarterback in the nation a year ago, he showed touch and poise in his college debut, going 28 for 35 for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
If the first half was dominated by the Bruins’ offensive performance, the second half proved that UCLA figures to be strong on both sides of the ball this season. The Cavaliers’ inability to finish caught up with them in the third quarter, when UCLA began getting creative. The ideal pass traveled 55 yards in the air before falling through the hands of Walker, who dropped a sure touchdown.
On the opening drive, Johns completed all five pass attempts to set up a 42-yard Ian Frye field goal but the Bruins would respond. Rosen would find Thomas Duarte for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 14-6 with 7:37 left in the first half. UCLA finished with 152 rushing yards, led by freshman Soso Jamabo, who had 79 yards on nine carries. Rosen added his third touchdown pass on a 3-yard strike to 310-pound defensive lineman Kenny Clark in the third quarter.
Jerry Neuheisel, whom Rosen beat out for the starting role, replaced Rosen with about nine minutes remaining the fourth quarter.
Rosen threw to 11 different receivers and averaged 9.2 yards per pass. Eight of those receivers had double-digit receiving numbers. The ‘Hoos lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter when Johns found Taquan Mizzell for a 19-yard passing score.
Junior quarterback Matt Johns finished the day 21-of-35 for 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception.