De Laura throws 6 TDs, Arizona beats winless Colorado 43-20

Oct 1, 2022, 10:11 AM | Updated: 11:48 pm
Arizona wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan (4) throws a pass over Colorado defensive end Chance Main (...

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)

(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 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 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 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 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)
            
              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)
            
              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)
            
              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)

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

Colorado: The Buffs have some juice on offense with McCown under center, but the defense is a mess. Dorrell is feeling the heat and it’ll be interesting to see what changes — if any — are made considering the Buffs don’t play again until Oct. 15.

Dorrell said he didn’t believe Saturday’s loss was his last game with the Buffaloes.

“No, I’m not concerned about that,” Dorrell said. “We’ve got to keep going, keep finding ways to get these guys to play better. We’re going to look at anything and everything.”

Arizona: 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

Colorado: Has two weeks to prepare before hosting California on Oct. 15.

Arizona: Hosts No. 13 Oregon next Saturday.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Leeds United's head coach Jesse Marsch looks on prior to the English Premier League soccer match be...
Associated Press

Jesse Marsch fired by Leeds after a year in charge

LEEDS, England (AP) — American coach Jesse Marsch was fired by Leeds on Monday after nearly a year in charge of the Premier League team. Leeds hasn’t won any of its last seven games in the league and has dropped into 17th place in the 20-team division, only out of the relegation zone on goal […]
1 day ago
FILE - Jaromir Jagr smiles during a press conference at the Kladno Knights hockey club in Kladno, C...
Associated Press

Jaromír Jágr scores his record 1,099th goal at almost 51

PRAGUE (AP) — Jaromír Jágr celebrated his 51st birthday about a week early by scoring his 1,099th goal to overtake Wayne Gretzky at the top of the chart. Jágr, who will turn 51 on Feb. 15, scored for the Kladno Knights on Sunday in 5-4 loss at Trinec in the Czech league. The winger, who […]
1 day ago
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin fails to complete the slalom portion of an alpine ski, women's Worl...
Associated Press

American skier Shiffrin fails to finish 1st race at worlds

MERIBEL, France (AP) — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin missed what looked like a certain gold medal Monday on the opening day of the world championships, skiing out of the women’s combined race with the finish in sight. Shiffrin straddled the third-to-last gate in her slalom run while appearing to be close to beating first-run leader […]
1 day ago
Large advertisements adorn buildings and electronic billboards leading up to the NFL Super Bowl LVI...
Associated Press

Fox sells out Super Bowl ads: crypto out, alcohol in

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox says it has sold out all of its Super Bowl LVII ad space as of the end of January. The big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles takes place on Sunday. The Super Bowl is advertising’s biggest stage, with advertisers jockeying to get their products in […]
1 day ago
Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior, left, in action against Mallorca's goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic durin...
Associated Press

Vinícius Júnior again targeted by racist insults in Spain

MADRID (AP) — The hate attacks against Vinícius Júnior continued in Spain over the weekend, with the Brazil forward again being targeted by racist insults in a league match. The Spanish league said Monday it will investigate the latest attacks after television images showed someone calling him a monkey during Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss at […]
1 day ago
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after failing to complete the slalom portion of an alpine sk...
Associated Press

Brignone wins worlds combined race after Shiffrin straddles

MERIBEL, France (AP) — Italian skier Federica Brignone won the women’s combined race Monday on the opening day of the world championships after defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin skied out near the end of her slalom run. Shiffrin seemed to be on her way to beating Brignone but the American straddled the third-to-last gate. She trailed […]
1 day ago
De Laura throws 6 TDs, Arizona beats winless Colorado 43-20