QB Josh Rosen sits out UCLA loss to Kansas State at Cactus Bowl

Rosen won't play in Cactus Bowl despite warming up (2:06)

UCLA QB Josh Rosen will not play in the Cactus Bowl as he recovers from a concussion. (2:06)

UCLA quarterback and top NFL prospect Josh Rosen sat out Tuesday night's Cactus Bowl after he was not cleared to play.

Rosen, recovering from a concussion, was considered highly unlikely to play but went through pregame warm-ups at Chase Field ahead of the Bruins' 35-17 loss to Kansas State.

Sports Illustrated earlier reported that Rosen wanted to play, but the decision was "100 percent medical."

"I want to be clear on this: Josh wanted to play,'' Bruins interim coach Jedd Fisch said after the game. "Josh was unable to play because of the fact that he had two concussions within a four-week span in November, and our physicians didn't feel comfortable putting him out there and putting him at risk for a possibility of a third concussion.''

Rosen sustained his second concussion of the season in UCLA's regular-season-closing victory over California.

Freshman Devon Modster, who appeared in five regular season games, started for the Bruins. Modster finished the game 21 for 34 passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss and The Associated Press contributed to this report.