The seemingly impossible happened Sunday at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA completed a comeback from a 34-point deficit with 35 unanswered points starting late in the third quarter, pulling out a stunning 45-44 victory over Texas A&M in the Bruins’ season opener at the Rose Bowl.
Two plays after UCLA receiver Jordan Lasley dropped a third-down pass at the first-down marker, he pulled in a 10-yard touchdown pass with 43 seconds left, twisting his body in the back of the end zone to make the catch and tie the score.
Things have officially gotten crazy at the Rose Bowl.
Josh Rosen completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the back corner of the end zone, Lasley spinning his body to make the catch and give UCLA a 45-44 lead over Texas A&M with 43 seconds left.
The thing about big early leads is that there's plenty of time for them to fizzle.
Texas A&M is learning that the hard way. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, throwing off his back foot with the Aggies pass rush in his face, thew a pass up for grabs and Theo Howard caught it in the front part of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown.
The Bruins' deficit is only 44-38, and fans are chanting "Defense!" with three minutes left.
UCLA has a running game? Well, at least on one play.
Soso Jamabo cut outside for a six-yard touchdown run that dropped the Bruins' deficit to 44-17 late in the third quarter. Jamabo has been the team's most effective runner, gaining 29 yards in five carries for 5.8 yards per carry.
Bolu Olorunfunmi has averaged 3.1 yards per carry in his 10 attempts.
UCLA fans showered the Bruins with mock applause when Bolu Olorunfunmi ran for the team's first first down since its opening drive.
Then UCLA receiver Jordan Lasley gave the Bruins something legitimate to cheer when he hauled in a 54-yard pass from Josh Rosen, giving his team the ball at the two-yard line. UCLA tailback Jalen Starks ran it in from there, pulling the Bruins to within three touchdowns at 31-10.