UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen on Loss to Stanford

Sept. 24 -- UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen spoke following the frustrating loss to Stanford and evaluated his own play...


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On the last play:

I was buying a little time, I didn't want to throw too early because we were trying to set our jump formation up.  So I held on to it for an extra second and I didn't see him behind me. He got me pretty good.

On if he felt they played well:

Yeah. We just have to stay mentally tough and not make mistakes at the end of the game. It's not how you want to start your season, at 2-2. But I think we're getting there, with our offense, close to clicking. And I think our defense played a hell of a game.

On running game issues:

I don't know. We just have to be physical. No real signs to it, push the guy in front of you, fall forward. In the end, we didn't convert in critical moments.

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On losing to a top ten team they had on the ropes:

It sucks. It's not so much they're a ranked team. It's one of the top teams in our conference and we'll see them again. This game, in terms of our standing in the Pac-12, it doesn't mean much. But personally, in our heart and soul, it hurts a lot. But we'll see them again. And we'll get a better out of us.

On knowing they could see them again:

One week at a team. That's what we're preaching next week.

On how he played:

I think I did pretty well. I executed for the most part what the coaches wanted me to. I was content with how I played. From a win or loss standpoint, at the end of the day, you have to get the job done. You have to make plays and I didn't at certain points tonight. Like trying to force it to Kenny (Walker) on the pylon, I could have run for a first, or dumped it off to Austin (Roberts). I threw across my body to try to hit Ish. It was a drop, but at the same time, I should have gotten the first. Overall, I was happy with how I played, but I'm not happy about the result. As a quarterback, you have to do whatever it takes to win and I didn't do that. It's really disappointing and we have a lot to fix.

On if he was targeting Nate Iese specifically:

I don't see in concepts that aren't man to man, I don't see guys. I see areas, areas on the field. We're in and out of a lot of personalities, 10, 11, 12. If it ever comes to a man-to-man matchup, I look for who I've got. Not as much, he just played more football today and was at the right spot.

On the drops:

I just have to keep them up, keep them motivated and focused. A drop for them is a misread for me. I've had plenty in the last three weeks. It's tough because it's not an individual sport. Mistakes happen and how you move on from them.


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