If the Bruins are able to finish out strong and pull an upset in a few weeks against rival Southern Cal, maybe Mora will save his job and in turn talk Rosen into returning for a final season.
The junior starter did not make the trip after sustaining the concussion last week against No. 12 Washington.
His backup, redshirt freshman Devon Modster, completed all seven of his passes for 101 yards and a touchdown, but a costly fumble turnover on special teams and two long, grinding drives by the Utes to end the second quarter led to a 17-10 Bruin deficit at halftime. If Rosen isn't cleared, Modster could get another start next week against Arizona State.
Modster figures to be UCLA's starting quarterback next season unless 4-star QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson has an awesome camp.
Rosen, meanwhile, is now battling an injury that knocked him out of the game last week with the Huskies. Without Rosen last season, the Bruins were completely outclassed as they lost five of their final six games, but that was with former walk-on Mike Fafaul replacing Rosen rather than Modster.
Quarterback Josh Rosen's future remains a mystery, as does that of head coach Jim Mora.