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Coastal Carolina Revisited: News and Notes

October 20, 2013
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Darrin Peterson posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the season against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

A crowd of 18,911 fans witnessed a thrilling Homecoming contest on Saturday. No. 6/4 Coastal Carolina was able to rally and defeat Liberty, 55-52, in double overtime at Williams Stadium.

Included with today's news and notes are radio highlights from the contest courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network's radio crew, plus Coach Turner Gill's postgame interview with LFSN radio sideline reporter Nick Pierce.

Throughout the season, LibertyFlames.com will run a similar feature online each Sunday, spotlighting the notable accomplishments and numbers from the previous day's gridiron battle.

Series with Coastal Carolina:
• With the victory, Coastal Carolina now leads the overall series, 6-5
• Coastal Carolina's win marks the third time that the visiting team has won a game in the 11-game series between the two Big South rivals (Coastal Carolina won 27-21 at Liberty in 2005 and Liberty won 43-38 at Coastal Carolina in 2008)
• Both of Coastal Carolina's wins at Liberty have come in overtime (Coastal Carolina won 27-21 in triple overtime in 2005)
• Liberty reached the 50-point total for the third-straight time when hosting Coastal Carolina at Williams Stadium (Liberty won 58-13 in 2009 and 63-27 in 2011)

Overtime Update:
• Saturday's game marked the 10th time Liberty has played an overtime game
• Liberty is now 4-6 all-time in overtime games
• Three out of Liberty's last four overtime games have gone beyond the first overtime period (lost in triple overtime to Coastal Carolina in 2005 and won in double overtime against Presbyterian College in 2011)
• Liberty has faced four ranked teams in overtime, losing all four games (lost to No. 25 Hampton in 1997, lost to No. 17 Eastern Kentucky in 2002 and lost to No. 14 Coastal Carolina in 2005)
• The Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina game was the 23rd overtime game in 2013 played by an FCS program (11th game have gone beyond one overtime period)

Big South Home Winning Streak Snapped:
• Liberty's loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday ended the Flames' 18-game home Big South Conference winning streak (conference record)
• Prior to Saturday, Liberty's last loss at home to a Big South team was to Gardner-Webb on Oct. 21, 2006 (lost 27-24)
• During Liberty's 18-game home Big South win streak, the Flames defeated three Top 25 programs: No. 24 Charleston Southern (W/ 34-20 – Nov. 11, 2006), No. 20 Coastal Carolina (W/ 63-27 – Oct. 15, 2011) and No. 6 Stony Brook (W/ 28-14 – Nov. 10, 2012)
• During Liberty's 18-game home Big South winning streak, the Flames had scored 30 or more points 14 times, 40 or more points 10 times and 50 or more points six times
• During Liberty's 18-game home Big South winning streak, the Flames won their games by an average of 24.56 points per game
• Liberty scored 777 points during its 18-game home Big South winning streak (43.17 points per game)
• Liberty allowed Big South opponents to score 335 points during its 18-game home Big South winning streak (18.61 points per game)

Home Winning Streak Ends:
• Liberty's loss to Coastal Carolina snapped a seven-game home winning streak
• Coming into the weekend, Liberty's seven-game home winning streak was the fourth-longest active winning streak among FCS programs in the country
• Liberty's seven-game home winning streak started last year with a come-from-behind 42-35 Homecoming victory over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012
• During the seven-game home winning streak, Liberty had outscored its opponents by an average of 23.9 points per game (273 points scored, 106 points allowed)
• Following the come-from-behind win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012, Liberty had held each of its last six opponents at home below 20 points scored
• Prior to Saturday's loss, Liberty's opponents had scored an average of 11.8 points per game during the previous six home games

Homecoming Notes:
• Liberty's loss to Coastal Carolina on Saturday snapped a six-game Homecoming winning streak
• Liberty's all-time Homecoming record is now 28-12
• During its previous six Homecoming victories, Liberty had outscored opponents 297-109 (Liberty average – 49.5 points per game; opponent average – 18.2 points per game)
• Since Big South Conference play started in 2002, Liberty has faced a Big South foe nine out of the last 11 Homecoming weekends
• In Liberty's 28 Homecoming victories, the Flames' average margin of victory has been 22.58 points per game
• In Liberty's 12 Homecoming losses, the Flames' average margin of defeat has been 5.25 points per game

Big South Openers:
• Liberty's loss to Coastal Carolina snapped a six-game Big South opener winning streak for the Flames
• Liberty is now 8-4 all-time in Big South openers
• Prior to Saturday's double overtime setback to the Chanticleers, Liberty's last Big South opening loss was a 27-24 loss to Gardner-Webb on Oct. 21, 2006
• During its previous six-game Big South opener winning streak, the Flames had defeated Coastal Carolina twice (W/ 43-38 in Conway, S.C., in Oct. 4, 2008 and W/ 58-13 in Lynchburg, Va., on Oct. 17, 2009)

Versus Ranked Opponents:
• Liberty is 12-48 all-time against nationally ranked teams
• Saturday's loss to No. 6/4 Coastal Carolina marked the second Top 25 setback for Liberty this year (also loss to No. 20/23 Richmond on Sept. 21)
• Saturday's game marked the 16th time that Liberty has faced a Top 10 ranked FCS opponent
• Liberty is now 1-15 all-time in games against Top 10 ranked teams
• Liberty's lone victory over a Top 10 ranked team came last year when the Flames defeated No. 6/8 Stony Brook, 28-14, at Williams Stadium on Nov. 10
• Liberty is 1-6 all-time in games against ranked opponents under head coach Turner Gill

Attendance Notes:
• Saturday's game against Coastal Carolina was played in front of 18,911 fans, the third-largest crowd in Williams Stadium history
• 18,911 marked the second-largest Homecoming crowd in Williams Stadium history (facility record is 19,111 fans for Liberty's 63-27 win over No. 20 Coastal Carolina on Oct. 15, 2011)
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 8 in the country in total home attendance in 2013 (68,673) and average home attendance (17,168)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 21 in the country in filling stadium capacity (89.42 percent)

Fourth Quarter Review:
• Coastal Carolina outscored Liberty, 25-10, during the fourth quarter (15-3) and overtime periods (10-7)
• On the year, Liberty's opponents have outscored the Flames 55-20 during the fourth quarter
• During three of the Flames' four loses in 2013, Liberty held a lead during the fourth quarter
• The Flames held a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter against Kent State (KSU tied the game at 10:57 on a 39-yard FG and won the game with 42-yard TD pass with 4:28 left to play)
• The Flames held a 17-7 lead in the fourth quarter against Old Dominion (ODU had a 64-yard punt return at 4:22 and won the game with a 27-yard TD pass with 28 seconds left to play)
• Liberty held two 19-point leads during the third quarter against Coastal Carolina (35-16 at 9:00 and 42-23 at 2:06 of the third quarter)
• Coastal Carolina scored the final three touchdowns in regulation to send the game into overtime (13-yard TD pass with two seconds left in third, nine-yard TD at 8:42 of the fourth and 15-yard TD pass, plus two-point conversion with 46 seconds left in fourth quarter)

Team Notes versus Coastal Carolina:
• Liberty's 52 points scored against Coastal Carolina was its second-highest point total of the season (73 points in a 73-7 win over Kentucky Wesleyan)
• The last time the Flames scored 50 or more points against a FCS opponent was a 56-7 victory over Presbyterian College on Oct. 13, 2012
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 19 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 36.6 points per game
• Liberty finished the game with a season-best 619 total offensive yards (233 rushing, 382 passing)
• This marked the second time in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill the Flames have amassed 600 total offensive yards in a game (692 total offensive yards against Presbyterian College on Oct. 13, 2012)
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 41 in the country in total offense (averaging 416.6 yards per game)
• Liberty finished the game averaging 7.8 yards per offensive play
• On the year, Liberty is averaging 6.4 yards per play and has averaged 7.0 or more yards per play in three contests (7.1 vs. Morgan State, 7.2 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, 7.8 vs. Coastal Carolina)
• Liberty finished the game with a season-high 30 first downs
• Liberty's 30 first downs were the most for the Flames since Liberty tallied 32 first downs against Presbyterian College in 2010
• Liberty finished the game with 20 first downs via passing plays, setting a new school record (previous record was 19 passing first downs against Youngstown State in 1990)
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina game with 233 rushing yards, its second-highest rushing total of the year (Liberty rushed for 330 yards against Morgan State)
• Liberty has now rushed for 200 more yards six times in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina game with four rushing touchdowns, its third-highest rushing touchdown total of the year (rushed for five touchdowns against Morgan State and Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Liberty currently has rushed for 19 touchdowns in 2013, which ranks No. 12 in the country in total rushing touchdowns
• Liberty is currently averaging 2.7 rushing touchdowns per game, which has the Flames on pace to tie the program record for rushing touchdowns in a season (32 set in 2007)
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina with a season-best 382 passing yards
• Liberty's 382 passing yards against Coastal Carolina marked the Flames' second-highest passing total in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill (388 passing yards against Gardner-Webb)
• Liberty tied a season high with three passing touchdowns (the Flames also had three passing touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Liberty has recorded multiple passing touchdowns in four out of seven games this year (2 vs. Monmouth and Old Dominion; 3 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan and Coastal Carolina)
• Liberty ranks No. 36 in the country and second in the Big South, averaging 243.7 passing yards per game
• Liberty leads the Big South, averaging 8.62  yards per passing play
• Liberty had its fifth pass of the season intercepted by Coastal Carolina
• Liberty has finished five games this year with one intercepted pass
• Liberty ranks No. 26 in the country in fewest passes intercepted (5)
• For the third-straight game and the fifth time this year, Liberty won the time of possession battle
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina with a season-best 11:12 time of possession advantage over Coastal Carolina (35:36 to 24:24)
• The Coastal Carolina game marked third time in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill Liberty has posted a double-digit time of possession advantage (24:50 vs. Lehigh and 21:16 vs. Concord – both in 2012)
• On the year, Liberty currently ranks third in the Big South in average time of possession (30:45)
• Liberty tied a season high, as the Flames finished the game 9-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts
• Liberty currently ranks No. 24 in the country in third-down conversion percentage (44.7 percent/38-of-85)
• Liberty scored on six out of seven trips inside the red zone against Coastal Carolina (five touchdowns and one field goal)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 17 in the country in red zone offense (89.3 percent/25-of-28)
• Of Liberty's 25 scores inside the red zone this season, 21 times Liberty has scored touchdowns (16 rushing and five passing)
• For the fifth-straight game, the Flames allowed one sack against Coastal Carolina
• Through seven games in 2013, Liberty has allowed eight sacks, which ranks No. 22 in the country in fewest sacks allowed (1.14 per game)
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina with four penalties for 30 yards
• Liberty has finished five out of seven games in 2013 with four or less penalties
• Liberty currently ranks No. 4 in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.14) and No. 10 in fewest penalty yards per game (37.57)
• For the fourth time this season, Liberty and its opponent finished tied in the turnover battle (both teams finished the game with one intercepted pass)
• Through seven games, Liberty has committed eight turnovers in 2013 (five interceptions and three fumbles)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 16 in the country in turnover margin (+0.9)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 9 in the country in fewest fumbles lost in 2013 (3)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 29 in the country in fewest interceptions thrown (5)
• Liberty allowed Coastal Carolina to score an opponent season-high 55 points in the game
• Coastal Carolina's 55 points marked the most points the Flames have allowed in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill
• The last time the Flames allowed an opponent to score 50 or more points in a game was when No. 16 William & Mary defeated the Flames, 56-0, on Sept. 24, 2005
• Coming into the Coastal Carolina game, Liberty was allowing 16.7 points per game
• Liberty is currently allowing opponents to score 22.1 points per game, which ranks No. 28 in the country in scoring defense
• For the second game in a row, Liberty allowed an opponent to amass 500 yards of total offense (Old Dominion – 550 yards; Coastal Carolina – 554 yards)
• Coastal Carolina finished the game with an opponent season-high 554 total offensive yards (235 rushing, 319 passing)
• Coastal Carolina's 554 total offensive yards are the most amassed by an opponent in 18 games under head coach Turner Gill
• Coastal Carolina's 554 total offensive yards are the most allowed by the Flames since No. 16 William & Mary amassed 635 yards on Sept. 24, 2005
• Coastal Carolina scored on its final seven drives of the game
• Coastal Carolina finished the game with an opponent season-high 29 first downs
• 19 of Coastal Carolina's 29 first downs were via passing plays
• Coastal Carolina finished the game with an opponent season-high 235 rushing yards
• Coastal Carolina finished the game with four rushing touchdowns, doubling the number of rushing touchdowns Liberty has allowed in 2013 (Liberty allowed four rushing touchdowns total during its first six games of the season)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 35 in the country in rushing defense (141.6 yards allowed per game)
• Liberty has allowed eight rushing touchdowns in 2013, which ranks No. 27 in the country in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed
• Liberty allowed its second-highest passing total of the season with Coastal Carolina finishing the game with 319 passing yards
• During the first five games of 2013, Liberty had limited opponents to a combined 796 passing yards (159.2 passing yards per game)
• During the last two games, Old Dominion (450 yards) and Coastal Carolina (319 yards) have thrown for a combined 769 passing yards (384.5 yards per game)
• During the first five games of the year, Liberty allowed six passing touchdowns
• In its last two games, the Flames have allowed five combined passing touchdowns (2 by Old Dominion and 3 by Coastal Carolina)
• Coastal Carolina finished the game with three passing touchdowns, marking a new opponent season high
• Coastal Carolina's three passing touchdowns were the most by an opponent in 18 games under head coach Turner
• The last time the Flames allowed an opponent three or more passing touchdowns in a game was when Stony Brook finished with three passing touchdowns on Nov. 19, 2011
• Liberty intercepted its 10th pass of the season against Coastal Carolina
• Liberty currently ranks No. 13 in the country in total passes intercepted
• Liberty finished the game with 40 solo stops, marking its second-highest solo tackle total of the year (48 solo tackles against Kent State)
• Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina game with a season-low two tackles for a loss
• Liberty had three pass breakups against Coastal Carolina, marking its fourth highest total of the year
• Coastal Carolina finished the game 7-of-13 on third-down conversions, marking the third time this year the Flames have allowed an opponent seven or more third-down conversions in a game
• Coastal Carolina finished the game a perfect 3-of-3 on fourth-down conversions, including a fake punt
• Prior to the game, Liberty was one of the nation's leaders in fourth-down conversion percentage defense, as the Flames had stopped opponents on 8-of-9 fourth-down plays
• Liberty currently ranks No. 23 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (33.3 percent/4-of-12)
• Coastal Carolina scored each of the seven times it entered the red zone against Liberty (six touchdowns and one field goal)
• Coming into the game, Liberty had allowed 15 opponent drives to enter the red zone and the opponents were 9-of-15 on red zone scoring opportunities
• Liberty currently ranks No. 25 in the country in red zone scoring defense (72.7 percent/16-of-22)
• Liberty returned a season-high eight kickoffs against Coastal Carolina and averaged 16.13 yards per return
• Liberty is currently averaging 19.17 yards per kickoff return in 2013, which ranks No. 89 in the country
• Liberty had its third-longest punt return of the season against Coastal Carolina (16 yards)
• The Flames currently rank No. 30 in the country, averaging 10.31 yards per punt return
• Liberty is one of 28 FCS teams in the country to have returned a punt for a touchdown in 2013 (Andrew Jauch returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown against Kentucky Wesleyan)
• The Flames had their second-low punting average of the year, finishing the game with two punts for 58 yards (29.0 average yards per punt)
• Coastal Carolina blocked a potential game-tying field goal during the second overtime period, marking the third time the Flames have had a field goal blocked in 2013 (two blocked field goals against No. 20/23 Richmond)

Player Points against Coastal Carolina:
Desmond Rice rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 21 carries (avg. – 8.1 yards per carry)
Desmond Rice's 170 rushing yards against Coastal Carolina marked his second 100-yard rushing game of the year (106 yards against Richmond)
• For the second time this year, Desmond Rice recorded three rushing touchdowns in a game (also against Morgan State)
• For the second game in a row, Desmond Rice finished a game with 20 or more carries (20 vs. Old Dominion; 21 vs. Coastal Carolina)
• Desmond Rice leads the Flames and ranks second in the Big South with nine rushing touchdowns
• Desmond Rice finished the Coastal Carolina with a career-high 195 all-purpose yards (170 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards)
Josh Woodrum finished the game with a career-high 382 passing yards (previous career high was 373 passing yards against Gardner-Webb in 2012)
Josh Woodrum tied a career high with three touchdown passes (also had three touchdown passes against Gardner-Webb in 2012)
• Josh Woodrum has recorded multiple touchdown passes in three-straight games and four times overall this year
• For the fourth time in his career, Josh Woodrum finished a game with 40 or more passing attempts (2012 – 44 vs. Montana; 42 vs. Coastal Carolina; 2013 – 42 v. Richmond; 41 vs. Coastal Carolina)
Gabe Henderson finished the game with a career-high 135 receiving yards on nine receptions
• After finishing the Old Dominion game with 120 receiving yards, Gabe Henderson becomes the second Flame this year and the 14th Flame in program history to post consecutive 100-yard receiving games
Darrin Peterson posted his third 100-yard receiving game of the year, finishing the contest with nine receptions for 111 yards
• Gabe Henderson (135 yards) and Darrin Peterson (111 yards) become the 18th pair of receivers to record 100-yard receiving games in the same contest in program history
John Lunsford finished the game with a season-best 64.5 average yards per kickoff
• Six of John Lunsford's eight kickoffs against Coastal Carolina resulted in a touchback
Kevin Fogg finished the game with 117 combined returns yards (16 punt returns yards, 101 kickoff return yards)
• The Coastal Carolina game marked the second time this year Kevin Fogg has finished a game with 100 or more combined return yards (he had 131 return yards against Richmond)
Nick Sigmon led the Flames with 12 tackles (five solo, seven assisted)
• The 12-tackle effort marked a new single-game career high for Nick Sigmon
• Nick Sigmon now has four double-digit tackle games in his career (2011 – 11 vs. Charleston Southern, 10 vs. Presbyterian College; 2012 – 11 vs. Montana; 2013 vs. Coastal Carolina)
• Kevin Fogg finished the game with a career-best nine stops (previous career high was eight stops against James Madison in 2011)
• All nine of Kevin Fogg's tackles were solo stops, marking a new career high
Jacob Hagen became the sixth Flame in 2013 to intercept a pass, returning it 33 yards