Arizona, Jayden de Laura use explosive pass game to shred Colorado for 43-20 win
Quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 484 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes as Arizona did whatever it wanted offensively in a 43-20 win over Colorado.
Arizona put up 673 yards of offense, the most against a conference opponent in program history and the fifth-most in a single game all-time. The Cats’ 495 passing yards as a team were the third-most in program history, and de Laura’s 512 yards of total offense were the third-most by an individual player in program history.
The Cats outgained Colorado 673-340 in the game and limited the Buffs to just seven points in the second half to move to 3-2 on the season. Colorado dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
Arizona’s receivers feasted all night long.
Jacob Cowing had 12 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. Dorian Singer made several catches worthy of the SC Top 10 treatment and finished with nine catches for 163 yards and a score. Freshman wideout Tetairoa McMillan added 90 yards on five catches, as de Laura targeted him often throughout the evening.
As a team, Arizona finished with 18 explosive plays — 12 of them pass plays. In the last two weeks now, de Laura has produced 27 explosive pass plays (15 yards or more).
The Wildcats took a 26-13 lead into halftime. It could have been larger had Arizona been able to pay off a drive that went to the Colorado 3 before four straight stops from the Buffs defense turned Arizona away. The UA had two drives reach the endzone and end without points in the game, a bright spot for CU to take away.
Another would be the play of the freshmen on offense. Quarterback Owen McCown completed 14 of 30 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 43 yards and another score. Tailback Anthony Hankerson had 12 carries for 68 yards and a score. McCown also connected with freshman wideout Jordyn Tyson for a 42-yard pass play.
The Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) host No. 13 Oregon next Saturday. Colorado will have the week off before hosting Cal on Oct. 15.