Preview: No. 6 Villanova Wildcats

Flames stay alive, head to Pennsylvania for second round in FCS Playoffs The Villanova Wildcats finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference, which produced four of the 24 teams in this year’s Football Championship Subdvision (FCS) playoffs. They entered the tournament as the No. 6 ranked team after a …

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Tich’s Take

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Rings, rings, rings. When discussing the greatness of sports legends, everything comes back to the simple question of “how many championships have they won?” This is a silly devolution of years of progress in the fields of reasoning and logic. In other words — rings do not really matter. At …

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Ditch the name, Redskins

overplayed — Washington Redskins name still raises eyebrows. Google Images

By Alex Tichenor After years of debate, it is time for Washington to pick a new team title How are we still talking about this? It is 2014, and the Washington Redskins are still a team. There has been an ongoing argument for the past few years over whether the …

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Enjoying family time

reunion — Students and their families gathered over the weekend. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Visiting families participate in many activities around campus Family Weekend means something different to each student at Liberty University. For some, it means happy reunions with parents and siblings after months without seeing one another. For others, it means increased traffic, accompanied by the chance to meet new people. This …

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Nowhere to run, or pass

HUNGRY — Flames wide receiver Darrin Peterson eyes the endzone on a first-quarter run on his only rush of the game, but ends up stepping out-of-bounds at the 11-yard line. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames dominate Runnin’ Bulldogs, set Big South record in shutout victory Just one game before its matchup with Gardner-Webb, Liberty gave up 637 yards and 48 points to Appalachian State. The Flames looked like a different team in their Oct. 25 matchup with the Runnin’ Bulldogs, blanking them 34-0 in …

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Kelly family inspires

oppurtunity — Students hear from NFL legend. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Hall of Famer praises God for life lessons learned For the first time in the family’s history, Jim Kelly, his wife, Jill Kelly, and their daughter, Erin Kelly, took the stage together to speak to students during Convocation Friday, Oct. 25. The three spoke about God’s goodness in the midst …

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Firing up the fans

motivate — The Spirit of the Mountain marching band pumps up onlooking fans and intimidates opposing teams. Photo credit: Lauren Glossner

Marching band encourages crowds to cheer on the Flames Walking into Williams Stadium the day of a Liberty football game is marked by the sea of red, the indistinguishable roar of thousands of Liberty fans, the smell of concession-stand food and the surge of energy and excitement that transforms people …

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Falling just short

Clutch — Wide reciever Darrin Peterson (13) brings down the first of his career-high three touchdown catches on the night.  Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Flames lose double-OT heartbreaker in Rocco’s return On a night when Flames quarterback Josh Woodrum played one of the best all-around games of his career, it was his lone miscue that ended the game. Richmond (3-2) sent an all-out blitz at the Liberty (3-3) quarterback on a third-and-four in double …

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Tich’s Take

America loves the NFL. So it makes sense for the NFL to have a game on Thursdays. The more football, the better, right? Wrong. On paper, Thursday Night Football is great. For the consumer, it gives more football to watch during a part of the week that normally is void …

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Standing (and shining) out

Paint up — One of the “Glitter Guys” prepares for the game. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

There might not be many students who know the names of Abby Ponder, Daniel LaLonde, Josh Rich, and Margo Kollman, but those who have been to a Liberty football game have probably seen them. Since the fall of 2012, these four students have brought creativity to the atmosphere of Flames football […]

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Tich’s Take

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There is not a set-in-stone formula to building a successful NFL team, but one position is universally regarded as the most important — quarterback. The quarterback is a coach on the field, the face of the team. Everybody follows his direction. The head coach and quarterback need to become one …

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Thrill of Gillville returns

Schools across the nation have plenty of traditions revolving around their sports teams, and Liberty is no exception. In recent years, Gillville has become a mainstay of the Liberty athletics culture. In 2012, Turner Gill debuted as the new head coach Flames football team and Roccotown, which was named for …

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Safe(ty) Hagen

PICK — Jacob Hagen has one interception in 2014. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Captain leads tough defense Liberty Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberley has coached many players throughout his career. Of all the players that have come in and out of Lynchburg, there have not been many who have impressed Wimberley quite like Flames senior safety Jacob Hagen. Hagen’s senior season picked up where …

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Defense stymies

The Liberty Flames football team improved to 1-1 on the season as they shutout the Norfolk State Spartans (1-1) 17-0. This was the first time the Flames had seen the Spartans since Liberty fell short 31-24 in 2012. Spartan quarterback Terrance Ervin drove the offense all the way down to …

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Dead giveaway

watch OUT — UNC cornerback Tim Scott reaches up to strip Liberty’s Darrin Peterson in the first quarter. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Jacob Hagen had just taken the breath out of Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, returning a fumble 27 yards to give Liberty a 22-21 lead over Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe North Carolina (UNC).

And then it all fell apart.

Four minutes and 28 points later, the Flames found themselves down […]

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