FORT COLLINS, Colo -- San Jose State freshman running back Thomas Tucker was released from a Loveland, Colo., hospital after diagnostic tests for a possible neck injury came back negative on Saturday.
Tucker, who was carted off the field in the third quarter of the Spartans' 34-27 win over Colorado State, was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies for observation. He had feeling in all of his extremities and was communicating.
When the tests came back positive, he was released and the team bus picked him up from the hospital and he will travel back with them to San Jose.
Tucker caught a 6-yard pass before he was upended on a tackle and landed awkwardly on the head and neck. He didn't appear to lose consciousness as he immediately scrambled to try to recover the ball that slipped out of his grasp.
He was strapped to a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized and loaded on to a cart that was slowly driven off the field. A television sideline report from CBS indicated there was no movement from Tucker as he was taken off the field but later reports were that he was responsive.
Senior cornerback Bené Benwikere was familiar with the scene after experiencing a near-identical situation two weeks ago. He was nearby the entire time Tucker was being tended to.
"I know he's doing well," Benwikere reported after the game. "He's able to move his hands and fingers, so that's good. I wanted to go over there. Just being in a stretcher two weeks ago, I just had to make sure he's alright. It's a scary situation but he's alright. I know he's fine."
Benwikere's mother, Verneiza Benwikere, planned to go to stay with Tucker at the hospital, according to an SJSU spokesman.
-- Benwikere, who was diagnosed with a concussion after a collision that led to him being carted off the field, had a successful return after missing last week's game. He was credited with two pass breakups and had the interception that led to the game-winning touchdown.
"I was just happy to be back out there with my boys," Benwikere said.
-- Quarterback David Fales had his fourth-straight 300-yard passing game. It was the third time in his career, and second time this season, he's topped 400 yards but this is the first time they've won a game in which he topped that mark.
He moved into eighth place on SJSU's career list for total offense with 5,999 yards. His 6,136 career passing yards put him 1,412 away from Adam Tafralis' career record.
-- Fales' 83-yard touchdown pass to Jarrod Lawson was the longest play for the Spartans since a 90-yard touchdown run by Yonus Davis in 2006 against Louisiana Tech.