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Washington State 31, Arizona 20

By BRIAN J. PEDERSEN
The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. - Nakia Watson scored two touchdowns and Washington State intercepted former quarterback Jayden de Laura four times in a 31-20 Pac-12 road victory over Arizona.

Watson scored on a 4-yard pass from Cameron Ward in the first quarter and on a 2-yard run in the second, giving him six scores in the past three games. He finished with 86 all-purpose yards for the Cougars (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12).

"I think he's been everything," WSU coach Jake Dickert said of Watson, who since missing two games due to injury has rushed for 338 yards in the past three games. "He hasn't quite been 100% but he's gutting it out out there, he's giving this team everything he's got."

De Laura, who transferred from WSU in January, was 28 of 46 for 357 yards with a rushing and passing TD. He was the 2021 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year with the Cougars and threw four TD passes against Arizona (4-7, 2-6) last November.

Ward was 25 of 36 for 193 yards and a TD and ran for a season-high 59 yards including a 17-yard TD. He entered the game with eight rushing yards all season.

"It comes back to the moment that we just said, hey, we need to consistently run the ball and be committed to it," Dickert said. "Our O-line today played admirable."

WSU led 21-6 at the half and extended that lead by picking off de Laura on three consecutive possessions. Sam Lockett III returned an interception to the Arizona 19, setting up Dean Janikowski's 23-yard field goal with 4:45 left in the third quarter, and Derrick Langford Jr. picked off de Laura and returned it 35 yards for the TD and a 31-6 lead 36 seconds later.

Lockett got his second pick with 1:13 left in the third, diving for an overthrow at the WSU 4.

"A little bit of Murphy's Law today, what could go wrong did go wrong," Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said.

The Cougars went up 7-0 less than four minutes into the game on Watson's TD catch, then made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter on a 17-yard Ward keeper. After Arizona cut the deficit to 18 on a 38-yard Tyler Loop field goal, WSU made it 21-3 on a 2-yard Watson TD run.

The Wildcats made it a two-score game at the break with a 47-yard Loop field goal.

Arizona failed to score in the first quarter for the first time in 2022, going without a TD in the first half for the first time since last season's finale. Both its TDs came in the fourth quarter, including a 47-yard scoring catch by Dorian Singer, who had nine receptions for 176 yards.

Singer and Jacob Cowing (six catches, 37 yards) both topped 1,000 for the season, the first time in Arizona history the Wildcats have produced multiple 1,000-yard receivers in the same year.

THE TAKEAWAY

Washington State: Running backs coach Mark Atuaia wore Virginia gear on the sidelines to honor the victims of the tragic shooting involving that killed three Cavaliers players and injured another last Sunday. Atuaia, who coached at Virginia from 2016-21, was one of 10 coaches across college football on Saturday honoring their former team.

Arizona: The Wildcats failed to gain bowl eligibility for the fifth consecutive season, their longest stretch without a bowl appearance since missing nine years in a row from 1999-2007.

November 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WashStAri
WashSt TD 11:31 Nakia Watson 4 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 7 0
Second Quarter WashStAri
WashSt TD 9:06 Cameron Ward 17 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 14 0
Ari FG 6:38 Tyler Loop 38 yd FG 14 3
WashSt TD 1:27 Nakia Watson 2 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 21 3
Ari FG 0:30 Tyler Loop 47 yd FG 21 6
Third Quarter WashStAri
WashSt FG 4:45 Dean Janikowski 23 yd FG 24 6
WashSt TD 4:09 Derrick Langford Jr. 35 yd interception return (Dean Janikowski kick) 31 6
Fourth Quarter WashStAri
Ari TD 10:41 Jayden de Laura 11 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 31 13
Ari TD 1:16 Dorian Singer 47 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop kick) 31 20
Team Stats
  Washington State Arizona
First downs 22 19
  Rushing 8 5
  Passing 11 14
  Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 2-11, 18%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 37-161 22-84
Passing Yards 193 357
Return Yards 135 1
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-36-0 28-46-4
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--1 2--22
Punts 4 3
Punts-Average 47 47
Fumbles Lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties - Yards 3-20 5-22
Time of Possession 33:00 27:00
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Ward 25 36 193 1 0
Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. de Laura 28 46 357 1 4
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Ward 8 59 7.4 1
N. Watson 15 56 3.7 1
J. Jenkins 9 37 4.1 0
D. Paine 3 10 3.3 0
R. Bell 0 2 0
Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Wiley 7 50 7.1 0
J. Coleman 5 38 7.6 0
R. Luke 3 6 2.0 0
D. Williams 1 0 0.0 0
J. de Laura 6 -10 -1.7 1
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Ollie 3 53 17.7 0
R. Bell 7 33 4.7 0
D. Stribling 3 32 10.7 0
N. Watson 5 30 6.0 1
R. Ferrel 3 24 8.0 0
L. Victor 2 17 8.5 0
L. Smithson 1 4 4.0 0
C. Mathers 1 0 0.0
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Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Singer 9 176 19.6 1
T. McMillan 3 75 25.0 0
M. Wiley 5 47 9.4 0
J. Cowing 6 37 6.2 0
T. McLachlan 4 21 5.3 0
J. Coleman 1 1 1.0 0
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Lockett III 2 31
D. Langford Jr. 1 35
A. Marsh 1 3
Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 4 188 47.0
Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ostendorp 3 141 47.0
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Ferrel 2 16 8.0
Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Joiner 2 1 0.5
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Victor 2 50 25.0
Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length
D. Janikowski 53
Arizona Missed FG
Player Length




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