GAMEDAY College Football

Arizona 31, North Dakota State 28

By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jayden de Laura threw for 229 yards and a touchdown, ran for another score, and Arizona rallied to beat North Dakota State 31-28.

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.

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.

NDSU came into Saturday's game with six straight wins over FBS programs, knocking off Kansas, Minnesota, Colorado State, Kansas State, Iowa State and No. 11 Iowa.

Luepke looked like he was going to be the hero on Saturday, plowing through the line of scrimmage for a 38-yard touchdown to give the Bison a 28-24 lead late in the third quarter. The 236-pound fullback was so excited during the celebration that he even bowled over teammate Jake Lippe during the celebration before helping him up.

But Arizona had one more rally left in the back-and-forth contest.

The Wildcats led 17-14 on Tyler Loop's 36-yard field goal at the halftime buzzer.

Arizona jumped ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on Michael Wiley's 6-yard touchdown run. North Dakota State tied it at 7-all later in the first when Cam Miller found Luepke all alone for a 31-yard touchdown pass.

The Bison looked like they were about to grab the lead in the second quarter, but Hunter Echols strip-sacked Miller at the Arizona 17 and the Wildcats were able to recover the fumble. It was one of many examples of an opportunistic Arizona defense that gave up 407 yards but came up big at crucial moments.

Arizona took advantage of the turnover, driving the field and grabbing a 14-7 lead on de Laura's 7-yard touchdown run. Once again, the Bison responded with Miller's 2-yard run with 50 seconds before halftime tied it at 14.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Dakota St: The Bison are very good at what they do, using a bruising running game and occasional passing to move the ball. But their FBS winning streak is now over because the defense couldn't get enough pressure on de Laura.

Arizona: It's an under-the-radar great win for the Wildcats, who look like they'll be competitive in the Pac-12 just one season after finishing with a 1-11 record.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NDakStAri
Ari TD 5:18 Michael Wiley 6 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 0 7
NDakSt TD 0:59 Hunter Luepke 31 yd pass from Cam Miller (Griffin Crosa kick) 7 7
Second Quarter NDakStAri
Ari TD 5:45 Jayden de Laura 7 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 7 14
NDakSt TD 0:50 Cam Miller 2 yd run (Griffin Crosa kick) 14 14
Ari FG 0:00 Tyler Loop 36 yd FG 14 17
Third Quarter NDakStAri
NDakSt TD 9:40 Hunter Luepke 6 yd run (Griffin Crosa kick) 21 17
Ari TD 5:41 Jonah Coleman 2 yd run (Tyler Loop kick) 21 24
NDakSt TD 2:07 Hunter Luepke 38 yd run (Griffin Crosa kick) 28 24
Fourth Quarter NDakStAri
Ari TD 4:53 Jacob Cowing 22 yd pass from Jayden de Laura (Tyler Loop kick) 28 31
Team Stats
  North Dakota State Arizona
First downs 21 23
  Rushing 15 9
  Passing 5 11
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 3-7, 43% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 45-283 36-165
Passing Yards 124 229
Return Yards 22 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-12-0 20-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--13 1--8
Punts 2 2
Punts-Average 41.5 54.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 6-60 1-15
Time of Possession 31:18 28:42
North Dakota State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Miller 10 12 124 1 0
Arizona Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. de Laura 20 28 229 1 0
North Dakota State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Luepke 18 115 6.4 2
T. Williams 4 53 13.3 0
K. Johnson 5 34 6.8 0
C. Payton 5 32 6.4 0
B. Henderson 2 26 13.0 0
D. Gonnella 2 22 11.0 0
D. Hart 1 2 2.0 0
C. Miller 7 0 0.0 1
J. Bussey 1 -1 -1.0 0
Arizona Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Wiley 9 51 5.7 1
J. de Laura 10 50 5.0 1
J. Coleman 6 32 5.3 1
R. Luke 2 32 16.0 0
D. Williams 4 18 4.5 0
J. Joiner 1 1 1.0 0
North Dakota State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
H. Luepke 3 65 21.7 1
N. Gindorff 3 30 10.0 0
J. Lippe 1 17 17.0 0
R. Nelson 1 9 9.0 0
B. Henderson 1 2 2.0 0
K. Johnson 1 1 1.0 0
Arizona Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Singer 6 88 14.7 0
J. Cowing 5 55 11.0 1
T. McLachlan 4 50 12.5 0
T. McMillan 1 19 19.0 0
J. Coleman 1 14 14.0 0
M. Wiley 2 6 3.0 0
A. Simpson 1 -3 -3.0 0
North Dakota State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arizona Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Dakota State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Steindorf 2 83 41.5
Arizona Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Ostendorp 2 109 54.5
North Dakota State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Price 1 11 11.0
Arizona Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Dakota State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Johnson 1 11 11.0
Arizona Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Dakota State Missed FG
Player Length
Arizona Missed FG
Player Length
T. Loop 43




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