UCLA football: Josh Rosen retroactively claims Bruins passing record after stat clarification
LOS ANGELES -- A two-handed chest pass that went about 1 yard put Josh Rosen at the top of another list in UCLA's record books.
After an annual season stat review, a 39-yard play from scrimmage against Arizona State was changed from a run by receiver Eldridge Massington to a forward pass. The difference was enough to push Rosen's total passing yards for the year to 3,756, eclipsing UCLA's single-season record set by Brett Hundley in 2012.
The play was designed to look like a jet sweep with Massington in motion behind the line of scrimmage. Rosen took the snap and instead of handing it off, passed to Massington using an unorthodox motion akin to playing hot potato. Massington, a sprinter on UCLA's track team, dodged a tackle in the backfield and ran for a 39-yard gain.
Rosen was only 24 yards short of passing Hundley's mark of 3,740 after missing the second half of UCLA's regular-season finale against Cal. The St. John Bosco High graduate set the record this year without playing in a bowl game yet while missing eight full quarters due to two separate concussions.
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He nearly claimed the top spot in the first half against Cal, throwing for 202 yards on 13-for-18 passing, but was sacked and injured in the final minute of the second quarter. When trainers pulled him from the game, he slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration on the bench before walking to the locker room with his teammates.
"It's just my second year in a row of not finishing the last game at the Rose Bowl for that given year, and that was frustrating but it's life," said Rosen, who missed the final six games of his sophomore year with a shoulder injury. "You deal with it. I just kind of needed to vent for a split-second and then gather it back together."
Rosen said Wednesday he was in the concussion protocol and was not yet cleared for contact, which quarterbacks are never open to during practices anyway. It was the second time in four weeks that a concussion took him out of a game as he also missed the second half against Washington on Oct. 28.
He took all regular starter reps in practice this week and was "playing at a very high level," interim head coach Jedd Fisch said. Rosen and the coaching staff will proceed at the discretion of the medical staff all the way up to Tuesday's Cactus Bowl against Kansas State in Phoenix.
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has already faced several top-flight quarterbacks in the Big 12, including Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, and said Rosen presents as big of a challenge as anyone.
"Greatly appreciate the kind of player he is," Snyder told reporters in Phoenix on Wednesday. "I think he's a quality leader. I think he understands the game very well. He obviously understands their schematics and their offense."
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