In what was almost an amazing comeback effort by Nick Arbuckle and the Georgia State Panthers, the San Jose State Spartans proved to be more than the Panthers could handle as SJSU went on to win the first ever Cure Bowl 27-16.
The Panthers' comeback attempt started at the end of the third quarter, down 13-7. They had pinned San Jose State back at their own 4-yard line following a three-and-out. Getting the ball, the Spartans were powerless to do anything and resulted in a three-and-out of their own. But as the long snapper sent the ball back towards the Spartans' punter, the ball sailed over his head and into the back of the endzone, resulting in a safety.
Now with the ball back and only down 13-9, the Panthers' hopes were reborn. They started the drive following the free kick at the San Jose State 36-yard line, and just a few plays later, Panthers quarterback Nick Arbuckle dropped back to pass on a 2nd-and-9 and hit Todd Boyd on a touchdown strike that gave the Panthers their only lead of the game.
Unfortunately for the Panthers, things didn't continue to go well for them, as the Spartans struck back quickly with a three-play, 66-yard drive that culminated with a 42-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kenny Potter.
Following another Georgia State three-and-out, the Spartans just started killing clock, and after a little over five minutes, Potter found Josh Oliver for a one-yard touchdown pass to seal the victory for the Spartans.