UCLA junior led Bruins to an epic 34-point comeback win over Texas A&M
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 7, 2017) – UCLA’s Josh Rosen has been named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week for the second time in his career, the foundation announced today.
The Rosen-led Bruins posted an improbable 45-44 season-opening comeback win over Texas A&M after trailing 44-10 in the second half. Rosen passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the game’s final quarter.
On the evening, the junior established career highs in pass completions (35), pass attempts (59), passing yards (491), touchdown passes (four) and total offense (477 yards).
The Bruins’ 34-point come-from-behind victory was the largest in UCLA history and the second largest ever in FBS history, behind only Michigan State’s 35-point rally against Northwestern in 2006.
Rosen, a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., previously was honored on Sept. 9, 2015, after he went 28-for-35 passing for 351 yards and three scores as a true freshman in the team’s season opener.
Rosen, who was named to the 2017 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s preseason watch list, was a semifinalist for the yearly award in 2015. He is the first Pac-12 quarterback to win the weekly award since Washington’s Jake Browning on Oct. 11, 2016.
All FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly accolade, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee. The other “Great 8” quarterbacks in the opening week were: California’s Ross Bowers, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Missouri’s Drew Lock, TaQuon Marshall of Georgia Tech, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Shea Patterson of Ole Miss and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
Since its founding in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has distributed more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 7 during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards. The winner is not required to have won a weekly award during the season. A list of 16 semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 7, while the three finalists will be named on Nov. 21.
The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote, now in its 11th year, gives fans a chance to play a role in determining the award winner. Visit VoteOBrien.org daily to vote.
2017 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 7 – Josh Rosen (UCLA)