TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Uril Parrish's career day got Tulsa out of
the Western Athletic Conference cellar.
Parrish rushed for a career high 229 yards and two touchdowns
and James Kilian threw two scoring passes, leading Tulsa past San
Jose State 34-24 Saturday.
"I just respond and play well and help our offense do well so
we can all be in sync," Parrish said. "We wanted to win this game
and we want to send our seniors out proudly with hopefully one more
The Golden Hurricane (3-8, 2-5 WAC) moved out of last place tie
in the league and handed the Spartans their sixth straight defeat.
San Jose State (2-8, 1-6 WAC) failed to rebound from last week's
56-49 double overtime loss to No. 13 Boise State despite getting
164 rushing yards from Lance Martin, his career best.
Parrish's 2-yard score with 3:50 left in the game capped a
15-play, 65-yard drive that secured the win for Tulsa. Parrish
rushed for 34 yards on seven carries in the possession.
"Fifteen plays and seven minutes and some change," Tulsa coach
Steve Kragthorpe said. "Obviously, that was big for two reasons.
We wanted to get the score differential to 10 and take some of the
clock in that situation."
San Jose State moved the ball to the Tulsa 22 but Jermaine Hope
blocked Jeff Carr's 37-yard field goal attempt with 2:26 remaining.
The Golden Hurricane then ran out the clock.
"We were real close to having a chance to win the game in the
fourth quarter," San Jose State coach Fitz Hill said. "We didn't.
Hats off to Tulsa. They did a great job controlling the clock in
the fourth quarter."
Tulsa led 24-21 at halftime behind Parrish's 156 rushing yards
before the break. Parrish passed the 100-yard mark less than seven
minutes into the game on just six carries.
The Golden Hurricane took a 17-7 lead when Kilian found Jermaine
Landrum wide open along the sideline for a 30-yard catch and run in
the second quarter, the first of three rapid scoring plays.
Two plays later, Martin rushed 53 yards untouched for a
Spartans' TD. On the next play, Spartans' defensive end Tony
Ficklin knocked the ball out of Kilian's hands, scooped it up and
ran 20 yards for a TD that gave San Jose State a 21-17 lead.
But Parrish scored from the 2 on Tulsa's ensuing drive, a
touchdown set up by Brandon Diles' 35-yard catch and run that put
the Golden Hurricane on the Spartans' 4. Tulsa never relinquished
"When he saw the defensive line go in one direction, he went
the other way," Ficklin said of Parrish. "He was reading very