UCLA’s Josh Rosen on miracle comeback against Texas A&M: ‘Sometimes you need luck’

It’s better to be lucky than good, right? UCLA QB Josh Rosen was a little bit of both in the second half on Sunday night.

The outspoken Bruins quarterback led his team on a monumental second-half comeback to erase a Texas A&M 44-10 lead in the 3rd quarter, beating the Aggies 45-44 after a touchdown in the final minute of the game.

But the final three touchdown passes of the game? Well, let’s just say Rosen must’ve had a rabbit’s foot and a four-leaf clover in his back pocket.

First, let’s give Rosen credit where it’s due– His final line of 491 yards passing, five touchdowns and no interceptions on 35-of-59 is pretty impressive. And to post the majority of it in the second half of a game that many quarterbacks perhaps would’ve left early due to a 44-10 score in the third quarter is even more admirable.

All nice things. Still really lucky. Even Rosen knows that.

“We were an inch away from losing that game probably 10 times,” said Rosen after the game, via ESPN. “I mean, for God’s sakes, I mean, that field goal would have put us out, and we just had an incredible surge and effort just to put probably a centimeter of a finger on the ball. I mean, the things that had to go right to win this game were incredible.”

Need further proof? We’ve got it. Three fourth-quarter touchdowns worth of it.

First, the comeback should have ended well before it was completed after Rosen threw a pathetic deep ball with the score at 44-24. Texas A&M had a what appeared to be a sure interception on the poorly thrown pass to seal the deal. Except, of course, for the little matter of actually catching the interception.

Aggies defensive back Deshawn Capers-Smith literally let the game slip through his hands, letting a sure interception falling into the waiting arms of UCLA’s Darrin Andrews for a 42-yard touchdown catch with 8:12 remaining, making the score 44-31:

Next, let’s talk about the touchdown pass that brought the score to 44-38. Rosen wasn’t even trying to complete a pass! He was trying to throw the ball away, got hit and the pass ended up in the arms of a UCLA receiver for a touchdown in spite of the presence of three Aggies defenders in the area.

Check it out:

And from a field-view angle:

That led to the postgame comment about needing luck:

Finally, Rosen is receiving universal praise for the game-winning touchdown pass, which spawned from a fake spike in the final minute of the game.

But even that brilliant play needed some luck to go the Bruins way. This time, a little goodwill from the officials was the source of Rosen’s good fortune.

Take a closer look:

Did the UCLA’s Jordan Lasley have control of this ball before going out of bounds? That’s open for interpretation, but most agree that it probably should’ve at least been reviewed by the officials.

We’ve given you part of this historic comeback, but you really should watch the complete highlights from FOX Sports if you missed it:

Texas A&M deserves more than its share of the blame for this loss. However, sometimes it really is better to be lucky than good.

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