No. 25 UCLA facing tough road test at Memphis
By The Associated Press
Sep. 14, 2017
No. 25 UCLA (2-0) at Memphis (1-0), Saturday Noon ET (ABC)
Line: UCLA by 3.
Series record: UCLA leads 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A Memphis victory would probably knock UCLA out of the Top 25 and could catapult the Tigers into the rankings. Memphis also could improve its record against the Pac-12 to 2-1. The Tigers beat No. 16 Southern California 24-10 in 1991 and lost 42-35 at UCLA in 2014.
Memphis passing game vs. UCLA pass defense: Memphis QB Riley Ferguson threw for 3,698 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, though he went just 10 of 25 for 97 yards with an interception in a rainy 37-29 season-opening victory over Louisiana-Monroe . UCLA allowed just 12 touchdown passes last season and has given up only two touchdown passes so far this year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UCLA: QB Josh Rosen: The probable future first-round draft pick opened the season by rallying UCLA from a 34-point deficit in a 45-44 victory over Texas A&M . He has thrown for 820 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions. Rosen will be facing a Memphis secondary that includes a true freshman (TJ Carter) starting at cornerback.
Memphis: WR Anthony Miller: This 5-foot-11 fifth-year senior caught 95 passes for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
FACTS & FIGURES
UCLA tight ends coach Rip Scherer was Memphis' head coach from 1995-2000. Scherer went 22-44 at Memphis. ... This marks the first time UCLA has played in the city of Memphis since a 36-6 loss to Alabama in the 1976 Liberty Bowl, which marked the first time the Bruins had played in a bowl game other than the Rose. ... Memphis was off last week because the threat of Hurricane Irma prevented its game at UCF from going on as scheduled. ... This marks the third straight season in which Memphis has hosted a ranked opponent in a game with a morning kickoff (Saturday's game starts at 11 a.m. Central time). ... Memphis beat No. 18 Houston 48-44 last year and knocked off No. 13 Mississippi 37-24 in 2015 . ... UCLA linebacker Josh Woods and Memphis defensive lineman Jonathan Wilson will miss the first half of this contest due to targeting penalties they received in their last games.
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