|2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl|
|Date||December 21, 2013|
|Stadium||Sam Boyd Stadium|
|Favorite||USC by 6|
|Referee||Tracy Jones (American)|
|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 Pac-12 Conference. The game started at 12:30 p.m. PST 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.
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.
The season was tumultuous by USC standards, having seen head coach Lane Kiffin fired five games into the season, and then interim head coach Ed Orgeron resigning at season's end (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.
|Total offense, plays – yards||61–254||75–487|
|Passing yards (net)||217||344|
|Time of Possession||18:33||38:47|
- Each school was allotted 11,000 tickets
- Cody Kessler was named the MVP in the game
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2013
- Las Vegas Bowl Box Score
- Royal Purple Announced as Bowl Game’s Title Sponsor, Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, September 25, 2013
- "Fresno State Accepts Bid To 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl". Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.