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2013 Las Vegas Bowl

2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Fresno State 6 0 7 7 20
USC 14 21 3 7 45
Date December 21, 2013
Season 2013
Stadium Sam Boyd Stadium
Location Whitney, Nevada
Favorite USC by 6[1]
Referee Tracy Jones (American)
Attendance 42,178[2]
Payout US$1 million per team
United States TV coverage
Network ABC/Sports USA Radio
Announcers Rece Davis (Play-by-Play)
Jesse Palmer (Analyst)
David Pollack (Analyst)
Samantha Ponder (Sideline)

The 2013 Las Vegas Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 21, 2013 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Whitney, Nevada in the Las Vegas Valley. The 22nd annual Las Vegas Bowl, it featured the Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State Bulldogs against the USC Trojans of the Pacific-12 Conference.[3] The game started at 12:30 p.m. PST[4] and aired on ABC and Sports USA Radio. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. Sponsored by motor oil manufacturer Royal Purple, the game was officially known as the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Trojans won by a score of 45–20.


  • Teams 1
    • Fresno State Bulldogs 1.1
    • USC Trojans 1.2
  • Game summary 2
    • Scoring summary 2.1
    • Statistics 2.2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4


Fresno State Bulldogs

Continuing their conference success from the previous season which saw them finish 7–1 and sharing their conference title with Boise State, the Bulldogs did even better in the 2013 season. Already having won the Mountain West Conference's West Division championship, the Bulldogs went on to win the first Mountain West Conference Championship Game, defeating Utah State by a score of 24–17, advancing to the Las Vegas Bowl by virtue of their victory.[5]

This will be the Bulldogs' second Las Vegas Bowl; they had previously made the bowl in 1999, losing to the Utah Utes by a last-second field goal for a score of 17–16.

USC Trojans

The season was tumultuous by USC standards, having seen head coach Clay Helton will serve as interim coach for the bowl game while Steve Sarkisian takes over for the 2014 season). Nonetheless, the Trojans still managed a 6–3 conference and 9–4 overall record (tied with the rival UCLA Bruins for second in the Pac-12 South Division), leading them to the Las Vegas Bowl at season's end.

This will be USC's second Las Vegas Bowl; they had previously made the bowl in 2001, losing to future conference foe the Utah Utes by a score of 10–6.

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Fresno State USC
1 8:54 12 65 6:06 USC Marquise Lee 10-yard touchdown reception from Cody Kessler, Andre Heidari kick good 0 7
1 8:33 3 33 0:21 FRES Isaiah Burse 8-yard touchdown reception from Derek Carr, Colin McGuire kick no good (blocked) 6 7
1 6:22 5 65 2:11 USC Nelson Agholor 40-yard touchdown reception from Kessler, Heidari kick good 6 14
2 9:05 9 65 5:19 USC Agholor 17-yard touchdown reception from Kessler, Heidari kick good 6 21
2 7:27 2 30 0:47 USC Javorius Allen 24-yard touchdown run, Heidari kick good 6 28
2 0:37 6 88 3:41 USC Lee 40-yard touchdown reception from Kessler, Heidari kick good 6 35
3 11:42 6 37 1:54 FRES Davante Adams 23-yard touchdown reception from Carr, McGuire kick good 13 35
3 6:44 10 48 4:58 USC 39-yard field goal by Heidari 13 38
4 14:40 3 1 0:28 FRES Interception returned 41 yards for touchdown by Derron Smith, McGuire kick good 20 38
4 4:44 12 80 7:14 USC Allen 1-yard touchdown run, Heidari kick good 20 45
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 20 45


Statistics FRE USC
First Downs 14 23
Total offense, plays – yards 61–254 75–487
Rushes-yards (net) 6–37 45–143
Passing yards (net) 217 344
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 30–55–1 22–30–1
Time of Possession 18:33 38:47


  • Each school was allotted 11,000 tickets
  • Cody Kessler was named the MVP in the game


  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2013
  2. ^ Las Vegas Bowl Box Score
  3. ^ Royal Purple Announced as Bowl Game’s Title Sponsor, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, September 25, 2013
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