Nevada 45, Pacific 29
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ Oscar Galloway had three short touchdown runs and Alex Van Dyke caught two scoring passes as Nevada defeated Pacific 45-29 Saturday to clinch the Big West Conference title and an automatic bid to the Las Vegas Bowl.
Galloway, who had just five carries, scored on runs of 2, 1 and 1 yards as the Wolf Pack (8-2, 5-0 Big West) won its sixth straight game and clinched the conference title when Northern Illinois lost to Arkansas State.
Van Dyke, who began the day leading the nation in receptions per game and receiving yardage per game, had 11 catches for 163 yards _ including scoring passes of 27 and 5 yards from Eric Bennett. Van Dyke has caught 116 passes for 1,540 yards this season.
Joe Abdullah had scoring runs of 22, 6, 6 and 4 yards while becoming the third Pacific (3-7, 2-3) player with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Abdullah had 190 yards on 35 carries Saturday, giving him 1,171 yards this season with one game remaining.
Bennett, who ran 12 yards for a touchdown in the game’s final minute, was 21-of-35 for 315 yards while filling in for Mike Maxwell, sidelined with a bone chip in his thumb. Maxwell leads the nation in total offense, passing yards and completions.
Kin Minor rushed for 115 yards on 26 carries for Nevada.
Nevada will face Toledo, the winner of the Mid-American Conference, in Las Vegas on Dec. 14 in the first bowl game of the season. Toledo won 49-35 at Nevada on Sept. 23.
Galloway had two touchdowns, Van Dyke had his 5-yard scoring catch and Damon Shea had a 23-yard field goal as Nevada took a 24-3 halftime lead, with Zach McSweeny kicking a 29-yard field goal for Pacific.
Galloway’s third TD gave Nevada a 28-point lead early in the third period, but Abdullah scored three times to pull the Tigers within 31-23. Van Dyke’s 27-yard scoring catch was followed by Abdullah’s fourth TD run.