LOS ANGELES >> Josh Rosen knows about fast starts. He won the first four games of his college career as UCLA rocketed to No. 7 in the country in 2015.
Then Rosen learned about fast falls. The Bruins lost at home to unranked Arizona State and dropped five of their last nine games.
Despite a 2-0 start pushing the Bruins into the AP poll for the first time this year, Rosen knows better than to celebrate too much early success as No. 25 UCLA travels to Memphis (1-0) for its first road game of the year at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“We were rolling and kind of stubbed our toe from there,” Rosen said of the loss to Arizona State. “So we have to stay humble and hungry.”
UCLA must guard against another upset that would halt the early-season honeymoon. The Tigers have a potent offense with quarterback Riley Ferguson and receiver Anthony Miller and are expecting a near-capacity crowd at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, according to the Commercial Appeal in Memphis.
Rosen scorched the Rose Bowl in his first two games with 820 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 67.9 percent of his passes, including 22-for-25 passing against Hawaii last week. He’s tied for first in the country in passing touchdowns and third in passing yards per game. With him at quarterback, UCLA has scored touchdowns on 12 consecutive drives.
“I’m feeling more confident than I ever have,” the junior said. “I couldn’t tell you exactly what’s going into it, but I know that on the field right now, with the players I have around me and the coaches I have around me, I’m playing the best football I have in my life.”
Rosen’s confidence rubs off on the rest of the offense, said receiver Darren Andrews, who is tied for the national lead with five touchdown receptions. The fifth-year senior had five touchdowns in his whole career entering this season.
Andrews led the team in receptions and receiving yards last year, but doesn’t covet any stat more than another. The thing…