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2013 Fiesta Bowl

2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
42nd Fiesta Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 15 7 10 3 35
Kansas State 0 10 0 7 17
Date January 3, 2013
Season 2012
Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium
Location Glendale, Arizona
MVP Offensive: Marcus Mariota (QB – Oregon)
Defensive: Michael Clay (LB – Oregon)
Favorite Oregon by 8[1]
Referee Ron Cherry (ACC)
Halftime show Bands from participants
Attendance 70,242[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Announcers: ESPN:
  • Brad Nessler (play-by-play)
  • Todd Blackledge (analyst)
  • Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
ESPN Deportes
Nielsen ratings 7.4
Fiesta Bowl
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The 2013 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game played on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Kansas State Wildcats, champions of the Big 12 Conference, played the Oregon Ducks, an at-large selection from the Pac-12 Conference. This was the only bowl game of the season to feature two top-10 ranked teams, other than the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

The game started at 6:30 p.m. (MST) and aired on ESPN. Oregon won the game by a score of 35 points to 17 over Kansas State, making its second Fiesta Bowl title for the Ducks (first since 2001 in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl).


  • Preview 1
    • Kansas State 1.1
    • Oregon 1.2
  • Game summary 2
    • Scoring summary 2.1
    • Statistics 2.2
    • Conversion safety scored 2.3
  • References 3


This was the first time Kansas State and Oregon played each other on the gridiron. The two teams were scheduled to meet during the 2012 regular season but the game was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. On November 11, 2012, both schools were undefeated (10–0) and were ranked #1 or #2 in the polls and the BCS rankings. However, both schools lost their eleventh game of the season on November 17 to fall from the national championship race. Each finished the regular season with an 11–1 record.

This was the fourth Fiesta Bowl to match a Big 12 (formerly Big Eight) team and a Pacific-12 (formerly Pacific-10) team. The previous such Fiesta Bowls occurred in 1983 (Oklahoma VS. Arizona State), 2002 (Colorado, then representing the Big 12, against Oregon) and 2012 (Oklahoma State VS. Stanford).

Kansas State

K-State attributed its success this season to a balanced offense led by quarterback Collin Klein and an opportunistic defense that included linebacker Arthur Brown. The Wildcats are leading the nation in turnover margin at +21. Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns this season, threw for 10 or more touchdowns in consecutive seasons, passed for more than 4,000 yards and rushed 2,000 yards for a career.


The Oregon Ducks were led by redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota, who was the Conference’s Offensive Freshman of the Year. Mariota, was sixth in the country in passing efficiency, completed 218 of 312 passes for 2,511 yards and 30 touchdowns with six interceptions. All-America running back Kenjon Barner ran for 1,624 yards and scored 22 touchdowns this season, fifth best in rushing (135.3 avg.) and sixth in scoring (11.0 ppg).

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ORE KSU
1 14:48 0 94 0:12 ORE Anthony Cantele kickoff for 59-yards returned by De'Anthony Thomas for 94-yards for a touchdown. Two-point conversion attempt, Dion Jordan rush good 8 0
1 3:46 7 54 2:01 ORE De'Anthony Thomas 23-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Alejandro Maldonado kick good 15 0
2 13:26 10 58 5:20 KSU Collin Klein 6-yard touchdown run, Anthony Cantele kick good 15 7
2 5:21 12 59 6:36 KSU 25-yard field goal by Anthony Cantele 15 10
2 0:14 5 77 0:46 ORE Kenjon Barner 24-yard touchdown reception from Marcus Mariota, Alejandro Maldonado kick good 22 10
3 11:01 11 62 2:10 ORE 32-yard field goal by Alejandro Maldonado 25 10
3 8:03 7 61 2:26 ORE Marcus Mariota 2-yard touchdown run, Alejandro Maldonado kick blocked 31 10
3 8:03 1 - - ORE Alejandro Maldonado blocked PAT recovered by defense outside endzone and tackled in endzone for one-point conversion safety 32 10
4 11:35 11 72 5:00 KSU John Hubert 10-yard touchdown reception from Collin Klein, Anthony Cantele kick good 32 17
4 2:27 9 57 5:11 ORE 24-yard field goal by Alejandro Maldonado 35 17
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 35 17


Oregon Kansas State
First downs 22 20
Total offense, plays – yards 69–384 70–283
Rushes-yards (net) 45–218 37–132
Passing yards (net) 166 151
Safeties (Conversion) 1 0
Passes, completions – attempts – interceptions 12–24–0 17–33–2
Time of possession 26:54 33:06

Conversion safety scored

An extremely rare type of football scoring occurred during the third quarter on an attempted Oregon extra point, a one-point conversion safety. The one point safety was awarded to Oregon after Kansas State ended the play while in possession of the ball in the end zone after blocking Oregon's extra point attempt. This was only the second one-point safety scored in the history of NCAA FBS competition; the other was converted by Texas A&M against Texas on November 26, 2004. Coincidentally, ESPN's Brad Nessler served as the play-by-play commentator for both games.


  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 8, 2012
  2. ^ "2013 Fiesta Bowl: Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Oregon Ducks vs. Kansas State Wildcats – Box Score". ESPN. 3 January 2013. 
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