ARIZONA FOOTBALL

Jayden de Laura ties Arizona touchdown record in Wildcats’ win over Colorado

Oct 1, 2022, 11:04 PM | Updated: 11:50 pm
Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) makes an off-balance throw against Colorado in the first ha...

Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) makes an off-balance throw against Colorado in the first half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jayden de Laura tied a school record for touchdown passes in a game, Dorian Singer and Jacob Cowing were the receiving beneficiaries of that huge passing performance and Arizona enjoyed an easy victory on Saturday night.

It’s become obvious that the Wildcats are no longer the doormat in the Pac-12.

Colorado has taken that ignominious honor with another lopsided loss.

De Laura threw for 484 yards and six touchdowns, Cowing caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown and Arizona dominated from start to finish in a 43-20 victory over winless Colorado.

“The offense was clicking tonight,” Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said. “There’s no question about it.”

There were several offensive stars for Arizona, but it was a particularly good night for Singer, who made a pair of highlight-reel catches. The second — a fingertip catch in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown — gave the Wildcats a 19-7 lead.

“Everything was working,” de Laura said. “All the receivers were catching the ball. I was really happy with the offensive line and their blocking.”

Singer finished with nine catches for 163 yards.

Arizona (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) is halfway to the six wins needed for bowl eligibility, one year after a dismal 1-11 campaign. The Wildcats rolled up 673 yards of total offense.

It was another bad loss for the Buffs (0-5, 0-2), who lost their first four games by at least 25 points and weren’t much better against the Wildcats. There were already questions about coach Karl Dorrell’s job security coming into Saturday’s game and they aren’t going away after another stinker, particularly from the defense.

“I’m not ever blaming the players, I’m not going to do that,” Dorrell said. “It’s always on us as coaches. We really have paid a lot of attention, trying to do the right things with our people. But it hasn’t been the right things.

“We’re going to continue to find the right way to do this.”

Colorado freshman Owen McCown completed 14 of 30 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The Wildcats took a 26-13 lead into halftime. The game could have been even more lopsided but Arizona couldn’t convert on a few good opportunities. Among them: Singer’s acrobatic one-handed grab for a 47-yard gain early in the second quarter put Arizona on Colorado’s 3-yard line, but the Buffs stuffed the next four plays to keep the Wildcats out of the end zone.

De Laura threw for 273 yards and four touchdowns before halftime.

Arizona took an early 7-0 lead with a 75-yard touchdown drive on the opening possession. De Laura hit Michael Wiley for an 8-yard touchdown on the 11th play. Wiley finished with two touchdown catches.

The Buffs came right back with McCown orchestrating a nine-play, 70-yard drive. Colorado got close to the end zone on a 36-yard screen pass that caught Arizona in an all-out blitz and then McCown ran for a 1-yard touchdown on the next play.

Arizona would score the next 19 points and slowly pulled away.

THE TAKEAWAY

The Wildcats did just about anything they wanted offensively. De Laura — a Washington State transfer — continues to grow in Arizona’s offense and the team has a pair of talented receivers in Singer and Cowing.

UP NEXT

Arizona hosts No. 13 Oregon on Saturday.

Penguin Air
Arizona wide receiver Dorian Singer (5) makes the catch while being defended by Colorado cornerback Nigel Bethel Jr. in the first half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) makes an off-balance throw against Colorado in the first half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Dorian Singer (5) catches a touchdown pass next to Colorado cornerback Nikko Reed during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Colorado wide receiver Maurice Bell (13) tries to get away from Arizona safety Gunner Maldonado (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Jacob Cowing scores a touchdown against Colorado during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona running back Michael Wiley holds up the ball after a touchdown against Colorado during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Colorado quarterback Owen McCown (7) throws a pass against Arizona during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Colorado quarterback Owen McCown (7) throws a pass while being pressured by Arizona safety Christian Young (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona safety Christian Young (5), lineman Paris Shand (95), and lineman Tiaoalii Savea (98) sack Colorado quarterback Owen McCown (7) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Colorado running back Charlie Offerdahl (44) runs the ball behind lineman Van Wells (55), who looks to block Arizona's Christian Young during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (4) throws a pass over Colorado defensive end Chance Main (90) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Colorado quarterback Owen McCown (7) throws a pass against Arizona during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona running back DJ Williams (32) runs the ball against Colorado during the second half during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (4) celebrates with offensive linemen Josh Baker (75) and Jordan Morgan (77) after scoring a touchdown against Colorado during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona wide receiver Jacob Cowing (2) fends off Colorado safety Tyrin Taylor (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona coach Jedd Fisch runs to call for a timeout during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Colorado, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 
              Arizona tight end Tanner McLachlan (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Colorado in the first half during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
            
              Arizona tight end Tanner McLachlan (84) scores a touchdown against Colorado during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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