California Bowl

1987

 

Eastern Michigan 30
San Jose State 27

Eastern Michigan Fight Song

 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP)- Though he spent most of his day blocking, Eastern Michigan flanker Craig Ostrander knew be could get open when he needed to. All he had to do was convince his coach, Jim Harkema.

 

That time came with 3:59 to play, when quarterback Ron Adams hit Ostrander with a 32-yard touchdown pass to give the underdog Hurons a 30-27 victory over San Jose State in the California Bowl Saturday.

 

"Ostrander was telling me all day he could get open, so we went with it," Harkema said. "Probably it was a good guess."

 

Adams said he and Ostrander knew they could complete the pass against San Jose's left cornerback, Phil Frasch.

 

"We weren't throwing much, but we knew 23 (Frasch) was the weak link in their secondary and could be beat," Adams said.

 

Adams threw only 12 times, completing seven for 100 yards, while Spartans quarterback Mike Perez completed 26 of 39 for 290 yards. But, the Hurons chewed up the clock with a steady ground attack, holding the ball for 36:47 to San Jose's 23:13. Tailback Gary Patton led the running attack with 130 yards.

 

"Most of our problem was trying to take the ball away from them," said San Jose coach Claude Gilbert.

He felt Eastern Michigan's success in controlling the ball "took away from our patience ... It forced us to be impatient."

 

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.

 

Perez then 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 Patton's 15-yard touchdown run. But Saxon gave San Jose the lead for the final time with a 16-yard run.

 

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.

 

Charles Nash (38) leads Gary Patton into the endzone in the fourth quarter.

 

1987 California Bowl in Fresno.

 

ESU's Gary Patton had 130 yards.

 

EMU fans celebrate the Hurons' upset victory.

 

Eastern Michigan California Bowl media guide.

 

Attendance- 24,000

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

EMU- Foster 1 run (Henneghan kick)

SJS- Jackson 6 run (Ollvarez kick)

EMU- FG Hermeghan 42

 

Second Quarter

EMU- Foster 1 run (Henneghan kick)

SJS- Klump 1 yard pass from Saxon (Olivarez kick)

 

Third Quarter

SJS- Johnson 12 yard pass from Perez (Olivarez kick)

 

Fourth Quarter

EMU- Patton 15 run (kick failed) 1455

SJS- Saxon 16 run (pass failed) 9 36

EMU- Ostrander 32 yard pass from Adams (Henneghan kick)

 

Individual Statistics

 

Rushing

EMU- Patton 21-130, Adams 14-43, Foster 11-29

SJS- Jackson 14-52, Saxon 5-33

 

Passing

EMU- Adams 7-12-100

SJS- Perez 26-39-290

 

Receiving

EMU- Patton 3-28, Ostrander 2-46, Ziegler 2-26, Adams 1-12

SJS- Jackson 7-57, McCloud 5-38, Liggins 4-54, Robe 3-62, Klump 3-43, Johnson 3-14, Saxon 2-21

 

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