The San Jose State Spartans won it for Neil.
Marcus Arroyo threw for two touchdowns and San Jose State’s maligned defense swarmed all over LaDainian Tomlinson as the Spartans ended No. 9 Texas Christian’s unbeaten season with a 27-24 victory Saturday night at San Jose.
The Spartans played on an incredible emotional high thanks to the presence of Neil Parry, the walk-on sophomore whose right foot and ankle were amputated after he suffered a serious injury three weeks ago against Texas El Paso.
Senior linebacker Josh Parry, who is Neil’s big brother, led an inspired effort by a defense ranked next-to-last in the nation entering the game. The Spartans (7-3 overall, 5-1 Western Athletic Conference) held TCU scoreless for more than 30 late minutes, then held the Horned Frogs on downs at midfield with 1:16 to play.
TCU (7-1, 4-1) had its winning streak stopped at 12 games. Tomlinson, the nation’s leading rusher, ran for 155 yards and two scores.
In other WAC games: David Carr threw two touchdowns passes and ran for two others as Fresno State (5-3, 4-1) cruised to a 45-27 victory over Hawaii (1-7, 1-6) at Fresno. Carr completed 23 of 28 attempts for 257 yards for the Bulldogs. . . . Rocky Perez passed for a career-high 323 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two others as Texas El Paso (7-2, 6-0) cruised to a 45-22 victory at Nevada (1-8, 0-5) for its sixth consecutive victory. . . . Dan Dawson’s two interception returns for Rice (3-6, 2-4) demoralized Southern Methodist (2-7, 1-4) as the Raiders defeated the Mustangs, 43-14, at Houston.
In Mountain West Conference games: Will Demps’ 43-yard interception return for a touchdown sparked a second-half rally, and Nate Tandberg kicked the winning field goal as San Diego State (3-6, 3-2) won, 17-16, against New Mexico (5-5, 3-2) at Albuquerque. . . . Lance Rice threw three touchdowns in his first start as Utah (3-6, 2-3) went on to a 38-16 rout of Nevada Las Vegas (4-5, 2-3) at Salt Lake City.
In a Big West Conference game: Emmett White set an NCAA record with 578 all-purpose yards and scored his fourth touchdown with 28 seconds left as Utah State (5-4, 4-0) held on for a 44-37 victory over New Mexico State (3-6, 1-2), at Las Cruces, N.M. White had 322 yards rushing, 134 receiving and 122 on returns. The previous record was 435, set by Central Michigan’s Brian Pruitt against Toledo in 1994.
In games involving Big East teams: Willie Parker scored a touchdown and set up another with his running and receiving as visiting North Carolina (4-5) gave up big plays but not many points in a 20-17 upset of Pittsburgh (5-3). . . . William Green ran for 91 yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark for the season as Boston College (6-3, 2-3) cruised to a 31-3 victory over Temple (4-5, 1-4) at Boston. . . . R.J. Anderson threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Malik Campbell with 10 seconds left as Syracuse (4-4, 2-2) pulled out a 31-27 victory over West Virginia (4-4, 2-3) at Morgantown, W.Va. After the game, West Virginia Coach Don Nehlen announced his retirement after 21 seasons, effective at the end of the year.
In a nonconference game: Linebacker Corey Nelson scored on a 68-yard interception return on the second play of the fourth quarter and David Adams kicked four field goals as Air Force (6-3) pulled away for a 41-27 victory over Army (1-7) at West Point, N.Y.
In Atlantic Coast Conference games: Backup quarterback Shaun Hill brought Maryland (5-4, 3-3) back from a 15-point halftime deficit and scored the deciding touchdown in the second overtime in a 35-28 victory over North Carolina State (5-3, 2-3) at College Park, Md. . . . Tarence Williams rushed for a career-high 154 yards and scored on runs of 16, five and 72 yards as Wake Forest (1-7, 1-5) won its first game, a 28-26 victory over Duke (0-9, 0-6) at Winston-Salem, N.C.
In Conference USA games: Dave Ragone ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as Louisville (7-2, 4-1) won easily, 49-28, against turnover-plagued No. 13 Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg, Miss. . . . Patrick Ramsey threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns as Tulane (4-5, 2-4) ended a three-game losing streak with a 41-23 victory over Houston (3-6, 2-3) at New Orleans.
In a nonconference game: Ryan Schneider passed for two touchdowns and Edward Mack ran for the winning score as Central Florida (7-3) held on for 20-16 victory over Louisiana Tech (2-8) at Ruston, La.
In a Conference USA game: Deontey Kenner passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns and Ray Jackson rushed for 82 yards and a score as Cincinnati (5-4, 3-2) pulled away for a 33-21 victory over Alabama Birmingham (6-3, 2-3) at Cincinnati.
In the highest-scoring NCAA Division I game ever, Cal State Sacramento (6-4, 4-3), behind another record-setting rushing performance by Charles Roberts, held on for a 64-61 victory over Cal State Northridge (3-6, 2-5) in a Big Sky Conference game at Sacramento. Roberts, a Montclair High graduate, rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns to raise his career rushing total to 6,364 yards, good for fifth on the career list for all divisions. . . . Kassim Osgood set an NCAA Division I-AA receiving record with 376 yards in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s 43-41 loss to visiting Northern Iowa (6-3). Osgood, who had a school-record 17 receptions and caught two touchdown passes. Quarterback Seth Burford was 34 for 49 with four touchdowns and a school-record 566 yards for the Mustangs (3-6).