Arizona Draws #12 Oregon on Family Weekend
TUCSON, Ariz. — A matchup against the No. 12 ranked Oregon Ducks (4-1, 2-0) awaits the Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1) this Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.
Kickoff on Family Weekend is slated for 6:00 p.m. MST with a television broadbast on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth on the call.
The Wildcats are playing a second straight home game after cruising past the Colorado Buffaloes last weekend. Historic performances lit up the offensive side of the scoresheet for Arizona and wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan came away with Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors.
They will look to continue their hot play against No. 12 Oregon, the first ranked opponent that Arizona will face this year.
A complete preview of the Wildcats week six test can be found below.
ARIZONA NOTES & NUMBERS
- The Arizona Wildcats welcome the Oregon Ducks to Arizona Stadium this Saturday for the annual Family Weekend game.
- Saturday's game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (PxP) and Yogi Roth (Analyst) on the call.
- The Wildcats trail the all-time series with the Ducks, 18-28, and have lost each of their last two matchups. However, the all-time series in Tucson is knotted at 12-12.
- Arizona's last victory over Oregon was a 44-15 decision over the No. 19 Ducks in Tucson in 2018, which still stands as the Wildcats most recent victory over an AP Top 25 ranked team.
- In the Wildcats victory over Colorado, Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura tied the program single-game record with six passing touchdowns. His 484 passing yards were the fifth most in a single contest in school history.
- De Laura has set career-high marks in passing yards in back-to-back games going for 401 at California and 484 against Colorado. He is the first Wildcat QB to post consecutive 400-yard games since Matt Scott in 2012.
- Wide receiver Jacob Cowing currently leads the Pac-12 and ranks among the top five FBS players in receiving TD (T-2nd, 7), receiving yards (5th, 566), receiving yards per game (5th, 113.2), and receptions per game (5th, 8.0).
- After pulling in five catches for 90 yards (both career highs) and one touchdown against Colorado last week, wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan earned the first Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors of his career.
37 — WR Jacob Cowing has recorded 37 consecutive games with at least one reception, tied for the second-longest active streak among all FBS players.
673 — The Wildcats 673 yards of total offense against Colorado are the most under head coach Jedd Fisch and set a school record for most yards of offense in conference play as a member of the Pac-10/12 Conference.
7-0 — QB Jayden de Laura is 7-0 in his college career when throwing for 3+ touchdowns.
10 — RB Michael Wiley has scored a touchdown in 10 of his last 12 games dating back to last season.
566 — WR Jacob Cowing's 566 receiving yards are the third-most by an Arizona player through the team's first five games since 1996.
VERSUS OREGON: This is the 47th all-time meeting between Arizona and Oregon dating back to Dec. 4, 1937. The Wildcats won the first matchup 21-7 in Tucson. Oregon has won nine of the last 12 matchups going back to Nov. 15, 2008. The Ducks hold a lead in the all-time series 28-18 but the series is even 12-12 in Tucson. The last win in the series for Arizona was a 44-15 rout in Tucson on Oct. 27, 2018. In that game, quarterback Khalil Tate completed 19 of 33 attempts for 189 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 35 yards. Running back J.J. Taylor went off for 212 yards on 30 attempts and two touchdowns. Taylor's performance was the 10th-most rushing yards against an opponent since 1996. Shun Brown led all receivers with 96 yards on 10 receptions and one touchdown. Arizona's defense held Oregon to 270 total yards, including just 84 rushing yards in the win. The longest Arizona winning streak in the series was four games from 1984-88 and the longest streak for Oregon was seven games from 1999-2005. Arizona is 52-35-1 all-time on Family Weekend which falls on the Oregon game this year. The last time the Wildcats played the Ducks on Family Weekend was Sept. 24, 2011, a matchup that resulted in a 56-31 loss for Arizona in front of 56,096 fans.
PLAYMAKERS: The Arizona Wildcats finished the win against Colorado with two receivers recording over 100 yards receiving (Cowing 180 yards, Singer 163) for the second straight week following the 133-yard effort by Cowing and 103-yard performance by Singer at Cal on Sept. 24. Arizona has now notched two games with a pair of 100-yard receivers in a single season for the first time since 2014 (Cayleb Jones 186 & Austin Hill 127 vs. California; Austin Hill 110 & Samaje Grant 101 vs. UNLV). The Wildcats 673 yards of total offense in its 43-20 win over Colorado set a school record for most yards of offense in conference play as a member of the Pac-10/12 Conference. Cowing's 566 receiving yards are the third-most by an Arizona player through the team's first five games since 1996. Only Dennis Northcutt (629 yds, 1999) and Bobby Wade (581 yds, 2002) had more.
ABOUT LAST WEEKEND: Jayden de Laura threw for 484 yards and tied a school record with six touchdowns, Jacob Cowing caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown and Arizona used that big night through the air to beat Colorado 43-20 on Saturday. There were several offensive stars for Arizona, but it was a particularly good night for Dorian 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. 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 lopsided 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. 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 WHOLE 400 YARDS: The Arizona offense recorded 400 total yards in the first half of the game against Colorado on Oct. 1. It marked the third-most yards in the first half of a game for Arizona since 1996.
CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Junior wide receiver Jacob Cowing has made seven touchdown catches in his first five games with Arizona. He is two TD grabs away from moving into the top-10 in single-season touchdown receptions. Cowing is currently tied for 16th for a single season in program history. With three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter, Cowing eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark for his collegiate career while catching his seventh touchdown of the season.
MCMILLAN EARNS WEEKLY HONORS: Arizona wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan earns Pac-12 Freshman of the Week following a career-high five reception, 90-yard performance in a 43-20 win over Colorado on Saturday. McMillan earned his first Pac-12 weekly honor with the Freshman of the Week selection. He made a career-high five receptions for a career-high 90 yards and caught one touchdown, his third TD reception of the season, in a 43-20 win over Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 1. McMillan becomes the second Wildcat to win this award since it was created prior to the 2019 season. QB Grant Gunnell was honored in Week 5 of the 2019 season. The honor marks the second Pac-12 weekly award for a player on Arizona's offense after quarterback Jayden de Laura took home offensive player of the week following a Week-1 victory at San Diego State. In all, the Wildcats have earned four Pac-12 weekly selections with defensive linemen Jalen Harris and Hunter Echols taking home the Pac-12 defensive lineman of the week award in Week 1 (Harris) and Week 3 (Echols).
HE'S GOING STREAKING: Junior wide receiver Jacob Cowing extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 37 against Colorado, which is the second-longest such streak in the nation (41, Chris Autman-Bell, WR, Minnesota). Through five games, Cowing is 5th in the nation with 566 receiving yards. He is also tied for second nationally in touchdown receptions with seven. Cowing recorded a career-high 180 receiving yards in his most recent outing against Colorado and he has caught a touchdown in each of his last five games. He has surpassed last year's top scoring threat through the air, running back Michael Wiley, who tallied four receiving TDs in 11 games played. He is two touchdown catches shy of breaking into the Arizona all-time top-10 and four off the single-season record of 11 touchdown catches held by six players. Cowing caught a touchdown with 4:53 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats in front of North Dakota State 31-28, marking his third straight game with a reception (5 rec., 55 yards) and the first Wildcat player with touchdown catches in three straight games since Michael Wiley caught a touchdown in each of the final three games of the 2021 season. Cowing had a breakout game during his debut with Arizona. He made eight catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns to help the Wildcats to a season-opening 38-20 win at San Diego State. Cowing played three seasons at UTEP prior to transferring to Arizona. He led the Miners in receiving yards all three years, including a 2021 campaign in which he finished with 69 receptions for 1,354 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished the 2021 season ranked ninth nationally among all FBS players in receiving yards (1,354). For his career at UTEP, he hauled in 141 receptions, 2,595 yards and 13 touchdowns.
JUST GETTING STARTED: Sophomore quarterback Jayden de Laura lit up the scoreboard once again, throwing for a career-high 484 yards and six touchdowns against Colorado. 484 passing yards marked the most allowed by Colorado in school history. The six touchdown passes tie a school record set by Tom Tunnicliffe against Pacific on Oct. 23, 1982. De Laura led the Wildcats to a 43-20 win over Colorado and became the first Arizona QB with 400-plus passing yards in consecutive games since Matt Scott in 2012. De Laura's 484 yards marked a career high and the fifth most passing yards by a QB in Arizona history. He has set career-high marks in passing yards in back-to-back weeks. This performance comes on the heels of throwing for 401 yards at Cal to become the 19th quarterback in Arizona history to turn in a 400-yard passing performance. De Laura led a comeback 31-28 win after trailing by four entering the fourth quarter, 28-24, against North Dakota State. De Laura connected with Cowing on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 4:53 left in the fourth quarter to earn the win. De Laura threw for 229 yards and one touchdown and rushed for career-highs with 10 carries and 58 yards and a rushing touchdown against the Bison to help the Wildcats improve to 2-1. De Laura had a breakout first game with Arizona, throwing for 299 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 38-20 win at San Diego State. He improved to 6-0 in his collegiate career when throwing three-plus touchdowns. De Laura's four touchdown passes are the most by an Arizona QB in their Wildcat debut since Anu Solomon threw four against UNLV in 2014. He completed 29-of-35 passes and connected with Jacob Cowing three times for touchdowns, as well as Tetairoa McMillan once for a TD. De Laura led Washington State to a 7-6 record and a berth in the Sun Bowl after throwing for 2,798 yards and 23 touchdowns on 227-for-359 passing. He was named 2021 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. De Laura threw multiple touchdown passes in eight games and led WSU to their first Apple Cup victory since 2012. He earned Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after win over Oregon State in which he threw for a career-high 399 yards and three scores. As a first-year freshman in 2020 went 78-of-129 passing for 886 yards and five touchdowns in four games. De Laura prepped at powerhouse program St. Louis High School in Honolulu and helped lead program to two state championships. He went 11-0 and won state as a junior to earn second team All-Hawaii recognition. Followed that up with an undefeated season as a senior, steering the team to 12-0 finish and another state championship. De Laura was honored as a High School All-American according to MaxPreps. He was named 2019 Hawai'i Gatorade Player of the Year. De Laura, as a senior in 2019, threw for 3,452 yards and 29 touchdowns on 228-of-319 passing. Up for a challenge? De Laura's full name is: Jayden pukonakona ha'awi mai na makua ha 'ele mai ka hiapo e wili 'ia me ke aloha de Laura.
WILDCATS IN THE NFL: The Wildcats are once again well represented in the National Football League this year with 10 former letterwinners active across the league. One of Arizona's most prestigious alumnus, tight end Rob Gronkowski, retired following the 2021 season after winning the fourth Super Bowl of his career. Gronk was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a four-time First Team All-Pro selection, and was selected to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team and NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Over 11 seasons with New England and Tampa Bay, Gronkowski recorded 9,286 yards (5th all time) and 92 touchdowns (3rd all time). Quarterback Nick Foles is in his 11th NFL season after rewriting the Wildcats record books during his time in Tucson. For a complete list of former Wildcats in the NFL, see the comprehensive chart below.
Current Wildcats on NFL Rosters
|Stanley Berryhill III
|New England Patriots
|New England Patriots
|New York Giants
|New York Jets
|San Francisco 49ers