Quarterback Chris Crawford threw two second-half touchdown passes to wide receiver Tim Corrigan as Portland State beat Cal State Northridge, 38-22, Saturday at Portland, Ore., to clinch a berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. Division II playoffs.
A conference-record crowd of 11,939 watched as Crawford completed 17 of 30 passes for 235 yards in leading the Vikings to the Western Football Conference title.
Crawford, a junior, threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Corrigan in the third quarter, and a 20-yarder in the fourth period to give the Vikings a 31-16 lead.
Portland State jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead on running back Curtis Delgardo's 69-yard touchdown run. Delgardo rushed for 124 yards in 14 carries and finished with 1,075 yards, becoming the first Viking to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Portland State, ranked third in Division II, improved its record to 9-1-1 overall, 6-0 in conference. Cal State Northridge dropped to 6-4 and 4-2.
Cal Lutheran 27, Azusa Pacific 9--Quarterback Tom Bonds threw for two touchdowns, raising his career total to 55, and ran for another to lead the Kingsmen to a nonconference victory at Azusa Pacific.
Bonds completed 19 of 28 passes for 225 yards and 3 interceptions, giving the senior 1,847 yards this season and 7,640 for his career. Bonds threw touchdown passes of 10 yards to wide receiver John Bankhead in the third quarter and 21 yards to running back Noel Chesnut in the fourth quarter. He also ran 35 yards for a score in the first quarter to put Cal Lutheran ahead, 13-3.
For Azusa Pacific, which drops to 2-8, sophomore middle linebacker Jeff Gustin had 14 tackles, giving him a school-record 104 for the year. Cal Lutheran improves to 4-6.
Southern Utah 10, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 7--In a blizzard at Cedar City, Utah, junior Herkey Marxen kicked a 34-yard field goal with 6:57 remaining to lift the Thunderbirds to a Western Football Conference victory over the Mustangs. San Luis Obispo is 6-3 and 2-3. Southern Utah is 5-5 and 2-4.
UC Santa Barbara 22, Sonoma St. 12--Senior quarterback Paul Wright scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Sean Russell for another score to lead the Gauchos to a nonconference victory over the Cossacks at Rohnert Park. Santa Barbara, an independent, finished the season with an 8-2 record. Sonoma State fell to 5-5 with one game remaining.
Occidental 6, Whittier 0--Mike Sandlin scored on a five-yard run early in the third quarter as the Tigers defeated the Poets at Occidental to finish the season as co-champions in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Oxy, 6-2-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play, tied for the title with Claremont-Mudd. Whittier finished 4-6 and 2-3.
Occidental intercepted five Whittier passes, with Ronnie Cunningham picking off three.
Claremont-Mudd 35, La Verne 14--Senior Chris Dabrow, the Division II rushing leader, ran for 261 yards in 32 carries and touchdowns of 1, 13 and 46 yards in leading the Stags to an SCIAC victory at La Verne. Claremont is 5-4 overall, 5-1 in conference. La Verne is 3-6 and 3-3.
Pomona-Pitzer 17, Redlands 12--Quarterback Ed Irick threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dan Daley in the second quarter and Greg Silver scored on a 2-yard run to lead the Sagehens to an SCIAC victory at Pomona-Pitzer. Pomona-Pitzer is 3-6 and 2-4. Redlands is 1-8 and 1-6.