But unlike in the Bruins' opener when Rosen engineered a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Texas A&M, the Memphis defense stiffened on UCLA's final possession. When he doesn't play well, the team fails.
In what has been a seesaw battle, the Bruins and the Tigers continue to trade blows as the game enters the fourth quarter.
Also, Demetric Felton ran for 37 yards notching a score while Bolu Olorunfunmi ran for 32 yards and a score. Here are three takeaways from the 48-45 Memphis upset victory over UCLA in early Saturday action.
Memphis quickly jumped back ahead on a four-play, 81-yard touchdown drive, though, and Rosen tossed an interception on the Bruins' next possession.
For all of the hype about Rosen, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country, Ferguson matched his counterpart, completing 23 of 38 passes for Memphis (2-0). FOX will be doing the TV coverage while the game can be watched online live on FuboTV.
This wasn't the first defensive blemish of the season, either.
The biggest non-conference game of the season for the Memphis Tigers is on the horizon.
Oklahoma State 59, Pittsburgh 21 - Mason Rudolph threw five touchdown passes, all in the first half, as the No. 9 Cowboys (3-0) drilled the host Panthers (1-2).
Virginia 38, CT 18 - Kurt Benkert passed for a school-record 455 yards and the Cavaliers (2-1) avenged a heartbreak loss last season with a victory over visiting Huskies (1-1). Being a one-man show isn't a recipe for success, and will only doom the Bruins as the season progresses.
The placement here is as good as it gets.
The potential UCLA nightmare turned into reality. USC is at the top of the class, and until someone takes them down, it will be hard to remove them from the top of the Pac-12 North. Though they were down 27-24 at halftime, Jim Mora's team was still very much in the contest on the road. A second loss might do them in, unless Rosen saves the day, again.