No. 25 USC (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12) has had two touchdown drives capped off by Cody Kessler touchdown throws. The first was a 12-play, 65 yard drive that took 6:06 off the clock to begin the first quarter before Kessler connected with Marqise Lee for a 10-yard TD. The second was a 5-play, 65 yard drive, completed by a 40-yard Kessler scoring throw to Nelson Agholor.
The Las Vegas Bowl has had no shortage of exciting plays. No. 20 Fresno State (11-1, 7-1 Mountain West) linebacker Patrick Su’a hammered USC running back Javorius Allen on this one below:
Prior to the game, members of the Trojans discussed their desire to win for departed coach Ed Orgeron.
”Everybody in that locker room wants to win for Coach O,” USC cornerback Josh Shaw said, per an AP Report, via Yahoo! Sports. ”Even Coach Helton has talked about it. We still go through the same routines now that he isn’t here, and we’re going to do it again. The only thing different is Coach O won’t be the one talking to us.”
USC also touted their defense prior to the game. The Trojans are up on the Bulldogs 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
”I don’t like to give anybody too much credit until we go out and face them,” said USC safety Dion Bailey. ”They’ve got a talented offense, but I don’t think there’s any defense in the country that’s like ours.”