Josh Rosen is going to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2018 draft, if not the first. Last night, in what was almost certainly his final home game, he was knocked out of the game due to an injury at halftime. The nature of the injury wasn’t revealed during the broadcast–he did get slammed down hard on his back/shoulder on a play–but Rosen was emotional as he could not return.

Devon Modster came off the bench, and UCLA held on to win by driving for a late field goal, to get to 6-6 and qualify for a bowl game.

After the game, interim coach Jedd Fisch had this somewhat bizarre quote about Rosen’s absence in the second half (via the LA Times):

UCLA interim coach Jedd Fisch did not specify the nature of Rosen’s injury but said he was pulled for precautionary reasons.

“We want to make sure that he is healthy for the bowl game,” Fisch said. “He got hit pretty hard on that one sack and he wants to make sure that he is healthy for the bowl game as well.”

It’s bizarre because, well, UCLA very well might not have made a bowl game with Rosen out of the game. They led 17-9 at the half and it was a tie game with two minutes remaining. California was also 5-6 and the winner was going to get a bowl game. It’s hard to believe that it was simply precautionary because of bowl prep.