USC sophomore running back Javorius Allen ran 27 times for 87 yards in the No. 25 Trojans 45-20 victory over No. 20 Fresno State (11-2, 7-1 Mountain West) in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Allen also scored two touchdowns, including a 1-yard jaunt with 4:44 remaining in the ballgame that helped put the exclamation point on the victory for USC.
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Trojans’ quarterback Cody Kessler had an all-around impressive performance – minus a pick-6 he threw to Fresno State’s Derron Smith in the 4th quarter – going 22-of-31 for 344 yards with four touchdowns and the aforementioned interception.
Fresno State’s Derek Carr went 29-of-54 for 217 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.
Highly touted USC wide receiver Marqise Lee caught 7 Kessler passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
The Trojans (10-4, 6-3 Pac-12) were playing with plenty of emotion and it showed in the outcome. Several players adorned tributes on their gear to departed former interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who stepped down when USC hired former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
In an Associated Press report, interim-interim head coach — offensive coordinator Clay Helton – expressed the Trojans’ attitude heading into the game.
It is a tremendous honor and a great reward to our team and what they have been able to accomplish in the 2013 season,” Helton said. “We look forward to our trip to Las Vegas and the challenge of competing against one of the better teams in the country.”