Sheldon Canley scored a game-record five touchdowns, one on a game-breaking 59-yard run, to lead San Jose State to a 48-24 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday in the California Bowl in Fresno.
The Big West-champion Spartans led 26-10 in the third quarter when Canley broke through the line, cut to the left and back to the center of the field around several defenders for the touchdown that put the game out of reach.Canley, a third-team Associated Press All-America, then broke the previous California Bowl record of three TDs on a 5-yard run, then caught a touchdown pass from Ralph Martini for his fifth score early in the fourth quarter.
The Chippewas (8-3-1), champions of the Mid-American Conference, got a bad break when Canley swept around the right side for a 5-yard touchdown on the Spartans' first possession of the game. Replays showed Canley clearly stepped out of bounds on the 2, but the touchdown stood.
After a field goal early in the second quarter gave the Spartans (9-2-1) a 10-0 lead, Central Michigan's Jeff Bender threw a perfect pass to Ken Ealy streaking down the left sideline for a 55-yard touchdown. Ealy had two more touchdown receptions in the second half after the game was out of reach.
Nevada 59, Boise State 53 3OT
At Reno, Nev., Ray Whalen broke loose on an 8-yard scoring run in the third overtime, lifting the University of Nevada to a triumph over Boise State in a hard-fought Division 1-AA semifinal contest.
Nevada (13-1) will now meet Georgia Southern, who defeated Central Florida 44-7 Saturday, in the Division 1-AA final in Statesboro, Ga., next weekend. Boise State - the only team to beat Nevada during the regular season - ends its season at 10-4.
Nevada trailed 45-38 with just 59 seconds left when quarterback Mike Virden hit Ryan Teal with a 7-yard scoring strike to send it into overtime. In the playoff system used by Division 1-AA, each team has a chance to score from the 25-yard line.
Both team had a chance to score in the first overtime, but placekickers Kelvin McKelvie and Mike Black both missed field goals opportunities.
In the second overtime, Hallaway completed a pair of passes to Winky White to move the ball to the Nevada 1 and then Bart Hull crashed over for the score. The Wolf Pack counter with reserve quaterback Chris Vargas hitting Scott Benning with a 7-yard strike to tie the score.
In the third overtime, Whelan sparked the winning drive by picking up 17 yards on three carries. The Wolf Pack defense took over from there, sacking Halladay on the first play and then, after a 10-yard pass completion, forced him to throw a pair of incompletions.