Georgia State University steps up to big-time college football as the Panthers play the first bowl game in program history on Saturday.
GSU will play San Jose State in the first-ever AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The Panthers won their last four games to finish 6-6 on the season. It was just the second winning season in Georgia State's six-year history. San Jose State finished the season with a losing record, posting just five wins against seven losses.
The Spartans are playing their sixth bowl game in program history with their last coming in the 2012 Military in which they beat Bowling Green 29-20.
SJSU is coached by Ron Caragher, who is coaching his first bowl game. He also coached at San Diego University from 2007-2012 before taking the reigns in San Jose in 2013.
GSU is coached by Trent Miles, who is also coaching in his first bowl game. He headed Indiana State University from 2008-2012.
The Panthers are led by quarterback Nick Arbuckle, who threw for 4160 yards and 26 touchdowns during the 2015 season. Penny Hart finished with over 1,000 yards receiving and leads a talented group of wide-outs. Four Panther wide receivers caught at least 30 passes and finished with over 500 yards receiving.
The Spartans are led by running back Ervin Tyler, who rushed 264 times for 1,469 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. Quarterbacks Kenny Potter and Joe Gray split time for the Spartans. Potter passed for 1,895 and 14 touchdowns. Gray threw for 839 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The game will kick off Saturday at 7 p.m. from the Orlando Citrus Bowl. It will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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