UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen set himself up for ridicule earlier this week when he brushed off the notion that the crowd at Texas A&M might affect him or the game by saying after 50,000, it all sounds the same.
By the second half Saturday, it was clear Rosen wasn’t playing his best football against a tough Aggies defense, and it was at least worth wondering whether he had underestimated how loud the Kyle Field crowd could be.
Midway through the fourth quarter, UCLA hadn’t managed to score a touchdown and Rosen had thrown two interceptions. Texas A&M was leading 24-9 and Aggies fans had chanted “Fifty thousand … fifty thousand” at Rosen on multiple occasions.
Here it is: Texas A&M student section chanting "Fifty thousand!" after another Rosen 3rd down incompletion pic.twitter.com/Xw2Kt6HSFF
— Sean Lester (@s_lester14) September 3, 2016
But Rosen deserves credit for not allowing the taunting or the crowd to bother him. He led the Bruins on two late scoring drives to the tie the game, including a 62-yard touchdown pass to Kenneth Walker III and a 2-point conversion pass to Austin Roberts.
Texas A&M ultimately won the game 31-24 in overtime, but Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin called Rosen “a heck of a player” in his interview on the field afterwards.