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2019 FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl Preview: Liberty vs. Georgia Southern

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Liberty Flames and the Georgia Southern Eagles will do battle in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will kick off at 2:30 pm EST on CBS Sports Network.

This game is unique as it promotes awareness for breast cancer. The proceeds of the game go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Liberty Flames quarterback Stephen Calvert attempts to throw a pass as Zane Zandier and Charles Snowden chase him down against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during a game
Stephen Calvert attempts to throw a pass as Zane Zandier and Charles Snowden chase him down against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during a game (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

Both teams bring 7-5 records into the contest.

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This is the third-time that the Eagles are playing in this Bowl game since it started in 2015. In fact, they played in the first-ever Cure Bowl in a 27-16 loss to the San Jose State Spartans on Dec. 19, 2015.

Two years ago, the team picked up its first Cure Bowl win. They defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 27-17, on Dec. 16, 2017.

Liberty has never played in this contest. In fact, this is their first-ever Bowl game after moving to the FBS level after playing in FCS.

Georgia Southern will attempt to keep their pristine record in Bowl games. They have a 2-0 Bowl record.

If they win, it’ll be back-to-back wins. One year ago, the Eagles defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 23-21, in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 2015, Georgia Southern defeated the Bowling Green State Falcons in the GoDaddy.com Bowl (now the LendingTree Bowl). The Eagles won 58-27 in Mobile, Alabama.

The Flames bring a one-game win streak into the contest. Liberty won their regular season finale in a 49-28 win over the New Mexico State Aggies in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The team won five of its six games at home this season. However, on the road, the team has struggled.

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They have gone just 2-4 away from home. Their last road win came in a 63-21 win over the UMass Minutemen on Nov. 2.

Their other win on the road came in a 20-13 win over the Aggies in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Flames are scoring 33.7 points per game. Their defense is giving up 29.1 points per contest.

Stephen Calvert has gone 233 of 396 for 3,393 yards. He has thrown 26 touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Frankie Hickson leads the backs with 165 carries for 921 yards and 12 touchdowns. Antonio Gandy-Golden leads the receivers with 74 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.

Like the Flames, the Eagles bring a one-game win streak into the contest. They defeated the Georgia State Panthers, 38-10, in their regular season finale.

The team won five of its six games at home. However, like the Flames, the team has gone just 2-4 on the road.

One of the two win came against the South Alabama Jaguars in a 20-17 two overtime win in Mobile, Alabama on Oct. 3rd. The other win came on Halloween in a 24-21 win over No. 20 Appalachian State Mountaineers in Boone, North Carolina.

The Eagles are averaging 29.17 points per game. Their defense is allowing 28.58 points per contest.

Shai Werts has gone 57 of 108 for 704 yards. He has thrown nine touchdown passes.

J.D. King leads the backs with 175 carries for 776 yards and eight touchdowns. Mark Michaud leads the receivers with 14 receptions for 218 yards and four touchdowns.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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