Jayden de Laura accounted for three touchdowns and had his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season when Arizona upset ninth-ranked UCLA 34-28 on Saturday night and broke an eight-game losing streak against ranked teams.
Michael Wiley ran for 97 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Jacob Cowing caught nine passes for 118 yards.
Zach Charbonnet rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns for the Bruins (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12), whose chances of making the Pac-12 title game took a big hit.
de Laura completed 22 of 28 for 315 yards and two TDs. He also came in from 3 yards in the second quarter to give the Wildcats (4-6, 2-5) a 21-14 lead.
The sophomore averages 340.1 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and a 64.7% completion rate in his last seven games.
The Wildcats were in the lead for most of the night, but fell behind 28-24 with 10:22 left in the fourth quarter when Charbonnet had a 5-yard TD.
Arizona responded with an 8-play, 82-yard drive, capped by Laura’s 17-yard pass to Tetairoa McMillan at fourth-and-4.
After UCLA turned the ball on downs, Tyler Loop extended the lead to six with a 23-yard field goal with 1:07 left.
The Bruins drove to the Arizona 29, but Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw three consecutive incomplete passes to give the Wildcats their first road win over a Top 10 team since beating No. 2 Oregon in 2014.
Thompson-Robinson was 26 of 40 for 245 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona took a 14-0 lead with another 3:50 in the first quarter on a pair of Wiley touchdowns.
The junior running back had a 10-yard run-up in the middle to open the scoring, then caught a 22-yard pass from the Laura to extend the Wildcats’ lead to two scores.
UCLA tight end Hudson Habermehl’s strength and balance gained as he went 51 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14 during the second quarter.
On UCLA 49 first-and-10, Habermehl caught the ball at Arizona 30 and threw attempts from Arizona defensive backs Christian Roland-Wallace and Jaxen Turner before going the rest of the way.
THE TAKE OUT
Arizona: It was a satisfying win for coach Jedd Fisch, who was the Bruins’ offensive coordinator in 2017 and interim coach for the final two games after Jim Mora Jr. had been fired.
UCLA: In addition to a major loss to their conference title hopes, the Bruins had an eight-game home win streak.
Arizona: host of Washington state next Saturday.
UCLA: Hosting USC this Saturday at the Crosstown Showdown.