'Dogs-USC to Meet in Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Dec. 8, 2013

By Jason Clay

Las Vegas Bowl Invite Press Conference Interviews
Head Coach Tim DeRuyter
Sr. WR Isaiah Burse

FRESNO, Calif. - The 2013 Mountain West champion Fresno State Bulldogs will be playing USC of the Pac-12 Conference in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

The game is being televised nationally on ABC with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m.PT.

"The Bulldogs are thrilled to be playing in the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl versus USC," Bulldog head coach Tim DeRuyter said. "We know that the team and all Bulldog fans are in for a fantastic week. We also know the challenge of playing against a Pac-12 school and look forward to competing against a very talented Trojan squad on national television."

Fresno State, who moved up to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, enters the game with an 11-1 record. A win over the Trojans would set a new school record for victories in a season.

"We congratulate Coach DeRuyter and his players on earning the inaugural conference championship," Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director Dan Hanneke said. "Fresno State won its way into our bowl game and our Executive Committee couldn't be happier about it. We can't wait for the Red Wave to hit the World Famous Las Vegas Strip in just two short weeks."

The Trojans, who went 9-4 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-12, enter the bowl game hot having won five out of their last six games to end the regular season.

"We are extremely excited to have been invited to participate in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl," said USC football interim head coach Clay Helton. "It is a tremendous honor and a great reward to our team and what they have been able to accomplish in the 2013 season. We look forward to our trip to Las Vegas and the challenge of competing against one of the better teams in the country in Fresno State."

Fresno State and USC have met in a bowl game once before, that coming in the 1992 Freedom Bowl that was played in Anaheim, Calif. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 24-7 in the game that then Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney said was the "biggest game in Bulldog history."

The only other time these two schools have met was on Nov. 19, 2005 in Los Angeles. Fresno State gave the No. 1-ranked Trojans all they could handle that day at the Coliseum, but fell 50-42.

"Just to be invited to a bowl game is a privilege and to be playing USC, we are excited about that," senior wide receiver Isaiah Burse said.

Tickets for the game are now on sale through GoBulldogs.com and beginning Monday morning they can be purchased over the phone at 559-278-DOGS or in person at the Fresno State ticket office located at Bulldog Stadium.

Prices for the game are $55 for the general public, $15 for student and $25 for student-guest tickets.

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