TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Arizona’s players sprinted down the field celebrating, knowing that a win over giant-slayer North Dakota State was no small feat.
Six straight Football Bowl Subdivision teams had fallen to the Bison.
A newly-revived Arizona program wasn’t going to be the seventh.
Jayden de Laura threw for 229 yards and a touchdown, ran for another score, and Arizona rallied to beat NDSU 31-28 on Saturday night. In the process, receiver Dorian Singer said he learned something about his Wildcats as Pac-12 play approaches.
”When stuff hits the fan, if we have each other’s back, we can beat anybody,” said Singer, who finished with a team-high 88 yards receiving.
The Wildcats snapped North Dakota State’s FBS win streak at six games, dating to 2010. The Bison have won nine out of the past 11 national championships at the FCS level and boast several NFL alumni – including quarterbacks Carson Wentz, Trey Lance and Easton Stick.
Arizona was trailing 28-24 midway through the fourth quarter but got a crucial stop on fourth-and-2 at its own 23 to flip momentum. The Wildcats then drove the field and took a 31-28 lead on de Laura’s perfectly placed 22-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Cowing in the corner of the end zone.
Arizona’s defense did the rest, holding NDSU’s previously prolific running game in check. De Laura finished 20-of-29 passing.
The Wildcats now have a 2-1 record one season after finishing with a 1-11 mark.
”Our players did a fantastic job tonight,” Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said. ”It was a very clean football game. We were 4-for-4 in the red zone, no turnovers, one penalty.”
North Dakota State’s Hunter Luepke scored three touchdowns – two on the ground and one through the air. He ran for 115 yards, leading the Bison’s 283-yard rushing attack.
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Publish date : 2022-09-18 06:27:41
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