3:00 PM ET, November 20, 2004
Skelly Stadium, TULSA, OK
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 win."
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 the lead.
"When he saw the defensive line go in one direction, he went the other way," Ficklin said of Parrish. "He was reading very well."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||5-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|TD||11:15||CALEB BLANKENSHIP 10 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 83 yards.
|FG||5:04||BRAD DEVAULT 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||13:14||JOSH WILLIAMSON 19 YD PASS FROM DALE ROGERS (JEFF CARR KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||9:06||JERMAINE LANDRUM 30 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||8:18||LANCE MARTIN 53 YD RUN (JEFF CARR KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||8:04||TONY FICKLIN 20 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (JEFF CARR KICK)||21||17|
|TD||3:00||URIL PARRISH 2 YD RUN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 65 yards.
|FG||11:40||BRAD DEVAULT 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||0:30||JEFF CARR 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||3:50||URIL PARRISH 2 YD RUN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 65 yards.