AutoNation Cure Bowl Postgame Notes
Inaugural Game – Dec. 19, 2015
San Jose State 27, Georgia State 16
Orlando, Fla. – Orlando Citrus Bowl
- San Jose State QB Kenny Potter was named the MVP of the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital after scoring a pair of touchdowns and accumulating 69 yards on the ground and 89 yards through the air.
- Cure Bowl Soldier Community Service Leader medallions were given to Dartez Jacobs (Georgia Stet), Billy Freeman (San Jose State) and Kinga Lamert (Board Chair of BCRF) following the game.
- San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin tallied 132 yards and set the Spartans’ school record for rushing yardage in a season.
- The Spartans used their running game to chew up 38:19 on the clock.
- San Jose State won the coin toss of the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital and chose to receive.
- The first play from scrimmage was a 10-yard rush by the Spartans’ Tyler Ervin.
- Georgia State notched the first completion when Glenn Smith caught a three-yard pass from Nick Arbuckle on the second drive of the game.
- San Jose State recorded the first scoring drive in Cure Bowl history after Austin Lopez kicked a 19-yard field goal to cap a 75-yard, 14-play drive that lasted 7:36 early in the second quarter. Lopez also added a second 19-yard field goal with two seconds left in the third quarter.
- San Jose State’s Tyler Ervin returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, the first in Cure Bowl history, to increase the Spartans’ lead to 10-0.
- The first touchdown through the air in the history of the bowl game came on a 38-yard reception by Georgia State’s Donovan Harden from Nick Arbuckle.
- The first forced turnover was an interception made by Georgia State’s Bryce Dukes on the final play of the first half.
- Georgia State QB Nick Arbuckle became the first player to record 100 yards through the air during the third quarter.
- The longest play of the scrimmage came by San Jose State QB Kenny Potter on a 42-yard delayed rush for a touchdown that put the Spartans back on top 20-16.
- The Orlando Sports Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for those working to find a cure for cancer, presented a check at halftime for $150,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation — representing the single largest donation ever made by a bowl game to a charitable cause.
- The $150,000 donation from the Orlando Sports Foundation the largest donation from a Bowl game to a charitable cause
- The AutoNation Cure Bowl is the signature event the Orlando Sports Foundation organizes and produces, along with Fire in the Park Chili Cookoff and Strike Out Breast Cancer annual events.
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is the only breast cancer organization with an A+ rating from CharityWatch and has been awarded Charity Navigators highest rating of four starts 12 times since 2002.
- 91 cents of every dollar donated to BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs – including local grantee Dr. Annette Khaled, who leads the University of Central Florida College of Medicine’s Cancer Research Division.
- As part of their Drive Pink Campaign and title sponsorship of the Cure Bowl, AutoNation presented a check for $1,000,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation after the first quarter.