Southern California 45, Fresno State 20

Date - Saturday, December 21, 2013 3:30 PM
Location - Sam Boyd Stadium
Attendance - 42178

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Fresno State 6 0 7 7 20
Southern California 14 21 3 7 45

Recap


Southern California 45, No. 20 Fresno State 20: Cody Kessler threw for 344 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as the Trojans silenced the explosive Bulldogs’ offense in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

Kessler completed 22-of-31 passes and Nelson Agholor and Marqise Lee caught two touchdowns apiece for USC (10-4), which led 35-6 after holding Fresno State to 139 yards in the first half. Javorius Allen added 27 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Carr, who entered the game as the nation’s leading passer, was 29-of-54 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the final game of his illustrious Fresno State career. Davante Adams had nine receptions for 74 yards for the Bulldogs (11-2), who lost their fifth straight bowl game.

The Trojans, playing under interim coach Clay Helton, exploded for 21 consecutive points in the second quarter and cruised to their second 10-win season in the last three years. Fresno State was held to 254 total yards and went 2-for-14 on third-down conversions after entering the game as the nation's fifth-ranked scoring offense.

Derron Smith returned a Kessler interception 41 yards for a score to pull Fresno State within 38-20 early in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans stopped the Bulldogs on downs on their next possession before Allen scored on a 1-yard run. Lee finished with seven catches for a team-high 118 yards for USC, which finished with 499 total yards.

GAME NOTEBOOK: USC was penalized 10 times for 100 yards and DE George Oku was ejected early in the second half for bumping a referee. …  Adams set a single-season Mountain West record for most receptions with 131 for Fresno State, which failed in its bid to reach 12 wins for the first time in school history. … The Trojans, who improved to 28-1-1 all-time against current Mountain West teams, open the 2014 season at home against Fresno State on Aug. 30.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:54
Southern California   TD  Southern California 7 - Fresno State 0
1st Quarter - 8:33
Fresno State   TD  Southern California 7 - Fresno State 6
1st Quarter - 6:22
Southern California   TD  Southern California 14 - Fresno State 6
2nd Quarter - 9:05
Southern California   TD  Southern California 21 - Fresno State 6
2nd Quarter - 7:27
Southern California   TD  Southern California 28 - Fresno State 6
2nd Quarter - 0:37
Southern California   TD  Southern California 35 - Fresno State 6
3rd Quarter - 11:42
Fresno State   TD  Southern California 35 - Fresno State 13
3rd Quarter - 6:44
Southern California   FG  Southern California 38 - Fresno State 13
4th Quarter - 14:40
Fresno State   TD  Southern California 38 - Fresno State 20
4th Quarter - 4:44
Southern California   TD  Southern California 45 - Fresno State 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Fresno State Southern California
W/L 11 - 2 - 0 10 - 4 - 0
Conference 7 - 1 - 0 6 - 3 - 0

Team Stats

  Fresno State Southern California
Score 20 45
First Downs 14 23
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-14
14%
6-for-13
46%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-3
33%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 254 501
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 6-37 45-156
Average/Rush 6.2 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 30-55 22-30
Passing Yards 217 345
Average/Pass Play 3.9 11.1
Penalties-Yards 5-65 11-98
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 18:33 38:47

PLAYER STATS

Fresno State (11 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Carr 30/54 217 2 1
D. Smith 0/1 0 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Kessler 22/30 345 4 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Quezada 2 20 10.0 0
M. Waller 4 17 4.2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Allen 27 86 3.2 2
T. Isaac 8 44 5.5 0
S. Vainuku 3 8 2.7 0
M. Lee 1 6 6.0 0
J. Akiba 2 6 3.0 0
A. Jaffe 1 4 4.0 0
C. Kessler 3 2 0.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Adams 9 74 8.2 1
A. Peck 6 47 7.8 0
I. Burse 6 39 6.5 1
M. Waller 2 25 12.5 0
J. Johnson 1 15 15.0 0
M. Jensen 2 9 4.5 0
J. Quezada 3 7 2.3 0
G. Watson 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Lee 7 118 16.9 2
N. Agholor 5 94 18.8 2
T. Isaac 1 35 35.0 0
J. Allen 4 33 8.2 0
D. Rogers 2 31 15.5 0
X. Grimble 2 23 11.5 0
R. Telfer 1 11 11.0 0