Eastern Michigan 30, San Jose State 27
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Ron Adams hit Craig Ostrander with a 32-yard touchdown pass with 3:59 left to give Eastern Michigan a 30-27 victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl Saturday.
The victory by the Hurons, 10-2, ended a string of three straight one-sided losses by Mid-American Conference representatives.
The Spartans, of the host Pacific Coast Athletic Association, had been favored by up to 17 points to win their second straight California Bowl.
But Eastern Michigan scored on its first possession. Glennard Smith returned the opening kickoff 48 yards to the San Jose State 42 and the Hurons drove to the 1, where Bob Foster dove over for the score.
Spartans tailback Kenny Jackson tied the game with a 6-yard off-tackle slant for a touchdown, but a 42-yard field goal by Tim Henneghan put the Hurons on top 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Foster scored again on a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter for a 17-7 lead. But after the Spartans, 10-2, were stopped on one goal-line stand, they scored on their next possession when fullback James Saxon took a pitchout and hit Bill Klump with a 1-yard TD pass.
Mike Perez put the Spartans ahead 21-17 late in the third quarter with a 12-yard scoring pass to Johnny Johnson.
Eastern Michigan regained the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on Gary Patton’s 15-yard touchdown run. Patton finished with 130 yards rushing.
Saxon gave San Jose the lead for the final time with a 16-yard run before Adams’ pass to Ostrander gave the Hurons the victory.
The Spartans had one last chance, but were stopped in Eastern Michigan territory on fourth-and-3 with 2:10 to go. The Hurons then ran out the clock.
Perez, playing his final game for the Spartans, passed for 290 yards, completing 26 of 39 passes with no interceptions.
In other games Saturday, Marshall downed Appalachian State 24-10 and Northeast Louisiana edged Northern Iowa 44-41 in overtime to earn berths in the NCAA Division I-AA championship game.
Troy State downed Portland State 31-17 to win the NCAA Division II title, while Wagner College defeated Dayton 19-3 for the Division III crown.
In NAIA Division I semifinal games, it was Carson-Newman 21, Mesa 7, and Cameron 20, Pittsburg St. 10. NCAA Division I-AA Semifinals Marshall 24, Appalachian St. 10
Ron Darby scored twice and rushed for 138 yards to lead Marshall to victory over Southern Conference rival Appalachian State, which beat the Thundering Herd in a regular-season game five weeks ago.
Darby’s first score, a 2-yard plunge, capped a 17-point second quarter that overcame an early 3-0 deficit. His 6-yard run with 2:25 left completed the scoring for Marshall, 10-4.
Marshall quarterback Tony Petersen completed 25 of 37 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown, while Marshall’s defense held Appalachian State, 11-3, to 149 total yards. Northeast Louisiana 44, Northern Iowa 41
Northern Iowa’s Mike Smith set a Division I-AA playoff record by throwing six touchdown passes, but Teddy Garcia’s 41-yard field goal on the second possession in overtime gave Northeast Louisiana the win.
Smith capped a comeback from a 35-14 halftime deficit when he hit Sherrod Howard with a 5-yard TD pass with seven seconds left, then connected with Woody Wright for a two-point conversion.
Neither team scored on its first overtime possession before Garcia kicked his field goal. Northern Iowa’s Danny Helmer missed a 38-yard try that would have sent the game to a third overtime.
Northeast Louisiana improved to 12-2, while Northern Iowa finished 10-4. NCAA Division II Troy St. 31, Portland St. 17
Five-foot-six quarterback Mike Turk ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns as Troy State rallied for its second Division II title in four years.
Turk’s 1-yard scoring run sparked a 21-point third period, and his 51-yard gallop with 1:43 to go clinched the victory.
Troy State finished 12-1-1, while Portland State, making its first trip to the playoffs, ended 11-2-1. NCAA Division III Wagner 19, Dayton 3
Greg Kovar passed for 301 yards and two first-half touchdowns as Wagner rolled to a 19-0 halftime lead and beat Dayton in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl to capture its first Division III title in three playoff appearances.
Kovar threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to John Chaney in the first quarter and added a 22-yarder to Keith Johnson 20 seconds before halftime for Wagner, 13-1.
Dayton, 11-3, avoided a shutout when Mike Duvic kicked a 39-yard field goal midway through the third quarter. NAIA Division I Cameron 20, Pittsburg St. 10
Cameron scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat top-ranked Pittsburg State.
The Aggies trailed 10-0 until quarterback Roosevelt Gamble lunged over from the 1 to open the fourth quarter. Cameron, 10-2, took the lead for good when running back Chuck Smith capped a 16-play drive on fourth and goal by sneaking across for a touchdown. Charles Washington returned an interception 45 yards for the final touchdown.
The Gorillas, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the division, finished 11-1. Carson-Newman 21, Mesa 7
Willie Lundy returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to help defending champion Carson-Newman back into the championship game.
After Lundy’s touchdown, the Eagles, 10-3, made it 14-0 later in the opening period when Alvin Thomas, who gained 129 yards, scored on a 23-yard run.
Kenneth Tyson scored the Eagles’ other touchdown late in the first half on a 3-yard run.
Mike Vaughn scored the only touchdown for Mesa, 11-1, in the fourth period on a 10-yard run.