SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Rislov passed for 289 yards and
Leon Pinky caught two touchdown passes as San Jose State beat
winless Southern Methodist 31-14 Saturday night.
Damarcus Ingram rushed for 104 yards and a score, and he also
caught six passes for 61 yards for the Spartans (2-4, 1-2 WAC), who
jumped to an early 24-point lead in their first victory since their
season opener seven weeks ago.
After SMU closed within 24-14 on Richard Bartel's two touchdown
passes in the third quarter, Rislov led a lengthy scoring drive
culminating in tight end Pinky's 23-yard ramble past several
defenders with 9:11 to play. Rislov was 23-of-41.
Despite a second-half rally, the Mustangs (0-6, 0-3) hit another
low under second-year coach Phil Bennett, who's 3-15 overall.
Derron Brown and Reynaldo Pellerin caught TD passes from Bartel,
who passed for 198 yards. But SMU's 116th-ranked offense got going
far too late, and the defense couldn't stop San Jose State's
barrage of screen passes.
Keylon Kincade, the Mustangs' star running back, rushed for just
Neil Parry again played on special teams in his third game since
returning to San Jose State nearly three years after part of his
right leg was amputated.
After making no significant contributions during three plays in
his first two games back, Parry finally had an impact: He committed
a holding penalty that negated Jamall Broussard's long punt return
to inside the SMU 5 with 1:13 left in the first half.
San Jose State coach Fitz Hill grabbed Parry's jersey to deliver
a lecture after the play. The Spartans settled for Jeff Carr's
45-yard field goal and a 24-0 halftime lead.
San Jose State dominated the first half, outgaining SMU 277-77.
The Mustangs were held to four first downs and less than 2 yards
per rush against a defense that allowed more than 150 yards rushing
in each of its last four games -- including 297 by Rice last week.
The Spartans made a 93-yard drive in the second quarter
culminating in Ingram's 1-yard scoring run. Broussard added a
10-yard TD run on a clever reverse late in the half.