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Las Vegas Bowl Preview History

Las Vegas Bowl Preview History

2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Preview

The 2013 Las Vegas Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 21 at 12:30 PM PST between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans. Fresno State brings its high-flying offense to Las Vegas. The Bulldogs have the nations best passing attack, averaging 409 yards a game. Derek Carr leads all quarterbacks with 4,866 yards passing and 48 touchdown passes. Davante Adams is Carr's favorite target, pacing the offense with 122 receptions and 23 touchdowns. The Bulldogs have four receivers with 48 or more catches. Fresno State has lost its last four bowl games, but has a chance to show what it can do against a perennial college football power.

USC comes into the game as a team in transition. Interim coach Clay Helton will lead USC in this game before Steve Sarkisian takes over. Sarkisian will become the Trojan's fourth coach this season. Cody Kessler has led USC to wins in five of the last six games, completing 69 percent of his passes and a touchdown to interception ratio of 8:1. Wideout Marquise Lee battled injuries all season, but looks to end the season on a high note. USC lost its only other appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl 10-6 to Utah in 2001.

2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Game Preview

The 2012 Las Vegas Bowl came down to fourth quarter field goals. The game favored the Broncos until the Huskies put up 14 unanswered points in less than five minutes to go into half time trailing 17-18. Washington would take the lead with a fourth quarter field goal only to be one up'ed by a last minute Bronco field goal to win the game 28-26.

2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Game Preview:
This year’s entries into the annals of Las Vegas Bowl history will attempt to scorch the air hotter than the midday sidewalk on The Strip. The Arizona Sun Devils bring in the 11th ranked air attack in the country, and weren’t afraid to use it to beat top contenders like Missouri or USC earlier in the year. In the Boise State Broncos, they face a formidable foe that was one bad field goal away from playing in a BCS bowl this year. This will be Heisman hopeful quarterback Kellen Moore’s last game for the Broncos, so be prepared to have the Las Vegas sky lit up on December 22nd!

2010 Las Vegas Bowl Preview:
This year's Las Vegas Bowl could be renamed the "What Coulda Been Bowl." The Mountain West's Utah Utes and WAC powerhouse Boise State Broncos were all but assured a BCS bowl until surprise losses sunk their hopes. Their loss is our gain. Now on December 22nd, in one of the earlier bowl games, America can watch two of college football's best duke it out. 

The motor that runs the Broncos is Heisman finalist Kellen Moore who threw for 3,506 yards and had a 33/5 TD/INT ratio. The scary part is that he has excellent complimentary teammates in receivers Titus Young (1,151 yards, 9 TDs), Austin Pettis (804 yards, 9 touchdowns) and running back Doug Martin (1,113 yards, 11 touchdowns). On the other side of the ball, Boise State's defense is almost as efficient with a unit that ranked fourth in the points allowed. 

Utah's defensive and offensive units aren't as solid as Boise's, but they are still top-20 units. Quarterback Jordan Wynn's shoulder surgery won't let him play, but back-up Terrance Cain is more than capable, going 9-1 as the team's starter. The backfield is split evenly among rushers Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata, who ran for a combined 1,356 yards and 19 scores. The real test will be the defense's ability to hold the almost-unstoppable Broncos offense. It was ranked 23rd nationally, but gave up a combined 75 points to TCU and Notre Dame in their back-to-back losses, their only two of the season. It will be on them to make sure this game stays as competitive as most people think it will be.

2009 Las Vegas Bowl Preview:
The 2009 Maaco Las Vegas Bowl will be a nice matchup between the BYU Cougars and the Oregon State Beavers. BYU and the Beavers are both talented teams that will be looking to end their seasons on a high note. Expect the 2009 Las Vegas Bowl to be a great game and possibly very high scoring. TicketCity is a sponsor of the 2009 Maaco Las Vegas Bowl.

2008 Las Vegas Bowl Preview:
Last year's Las Vegas Bowl was a nail-biter, as UCLA drove to the BYU 13 yard line with three seconds remaining. UCLA's 28-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked, and BYU pulled out the win, 17-16. The same could happen at this year's Las Vegas Bowl as the BYU Cougars return, this time to face the Arizona Wildcats. BYU's return is only one reason you should get your tickets now to the bowl game played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The casinos are going strong all year long, but there is only one day per year to see some of the best college football in Las Vegas!

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10/31/2014 1:35:44 AM on TCWEB1