That wasn't the case, as UCLA fell to Memphis, 48-45. Ferguson, the senior that replaced Paxton Lynch under center for the Tigers past year, was impressive in the win, completing more than 60% of his passes. Francis' breakup with 56 seconds left sent the Tigers faithful into a celebration.
The shorthanded Bruins defense gave up 560 yards, with Memphis receiver Anthony Miller catching nine passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
Two weeks after pulling off one of the most improbable comebacks in the history of college football, Josh Rosen and UCLA couldn't escape from Memphis in a game that screamed "trap" for the Bruins for months.
Within 10 minutes of play after the pick-six, Rosen had the Bruins back on top, launching a ideal 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Lasley in the corner of the end zone on the ensuing possession and then hitting Austin Roberts for another score early in the fourth quarter to give UCLA a 45-41 lead. Memphis' transition from coach Justin Fuente to Mike Norvell has gone smoothly, and after an 8-5 debut, this is the type of win that could propel Norvell and the Tigers toward a major bowl bid, if they can win the AAC title.
"We continue to play the next play", Norvell said.
"The defense just rose to the challenge", Norvell said. "I made about 10 points worth of really bad plays".
MEMPHIS: The Tigers used a pair of screen passes for scores at a time when the Bruins had thwarted the running game.
Rosen was leading the Bruins (2-1) down the field for a potential go-ahead score in the fourth quarter when he rushed a pass to avoid an unblocked, blitzing defender.
The UCLA Bruins did battle with the Memphis Tigers on Saturday. "I saw him at halftime, and got to go in and talk to him".
UCLA has been vulnerable against the run thus far this season and on Saturday will need to find a way to slow host Memphis, which displayed a dominant rushing attack in its season-opening win.