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Presbyterian College Revisited: News and Notes

November 10, 2013
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The Flames picked up their third win in a row and won their final home Big South game of the year, defeating Presbyterian College, 35-14, on Saturday 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 PC:
• Liberty leads the series with PC, 7-4
• Liberty has won all five meetings against the Blue Hose since PC became an official Big South member in 2009
• Liberty is 4-2 all-time at home against PC, including a 4-0 record against the Blue Hose at Williams Stadium
• During the Flames' current four-game home win streak over PC, Liberty has outscored the Blue Hose, 165 to 67
• During the Flames' current four-game home win streak over PC, Liberty's average margin of victory has been 24.5 points per game and the Flames are scoring an average of 41.3 points per contest

Noting November:
• The Flames won their second game in the month of November on Saturday with a 35-14 victory over PC
• The game against PC is the second of four games this year for the Flames during November
• Since the 2006 season, Liberty has posted a 19-4 record in the 11th month of the year
• Since the 2003 season, Liberty has posted a 25-7 record in the 11th month of the year
• Liberty was 3-0 last year in the month of November during its first season under head coach Turner Gill (W/ 26-12 vs. Charleston Southern; W/ 28-14 vs. No. 6 Stony Brook; W/ 33-14 at VMI)
• Liberty is now a perfect 5-0 in games played under head coach Turner Gill during November
• During the last 10 seasons, Liberty has posted a perfect record in November five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2012)
• During the 2003 season, Liberty finished the month of November with a 4-0 record, marking the only time Liberty has won four games in the 11th month of the year in program history

Team Notes vs. PC:
• The Flames reached the 30-point total for the fifth time this year
• Liberty ranks second in the Big South and No. 27 in the country in scoring offense, averaging 33.2 points per game
• For the first time in three games and the seventh time this season, Liberty recorded 20 or more first downs in a game (23)
• Liberty has 202 first downs this season, averaging 20.2 per game
• 15 of Liberty's 23 first downs against PC came via rushing plays
• The Flames' 15 rushing first downs marks a new season high and ties the most recorded by the Flames in two seasons under head coach Turner Gill (Liberty also had 15 rushing first downs against Charleston Southern last year)
• Liberty's 15 rushing first downs marked the fourth time this year and eighth time in two seasons under head coach Turner Gill the Flames have rushed for 10 or more first downs in a game
• Liberty finished the game with 378 total offensive yards, with 61.1 percent coming via its rushing attack (231 yards)
• The PC game marks the third time this year more than half of Liberty's total offensive yards in a game have come via its rushing attack (76.6 percent against Morgan State [330 rushing yards to 431 total offensive yards] and 52.2 percent against Kentucky Wesleyan [214 rushing yards to 462 total offensive yards])
• On the season, Liberty is averaging 43.3 percent of its offense coming via its rushing attack (1,739 yards) to 56.7 percent of its offense coming by virtue of its passing game (2,275 yards)
• For the fourth time this year, Liberty finished a game with 200 or more rushing yards
• Liberty currently ranks third in the Big South and No. 55 in the country, averaging 173.9 rushing yards per game
• For the second game in a row and the fifth time overall this year, Liberty finished a game with 40 or more rushing attempts (47)
• On the year, Liberty is averaging 38.2 rushing attempts per game (58.3 percent of total offensive plays) to 27.3 passing attempts per game (41.7 percent of total offensive plays)
• For the seventh time this year, Liberty finished a game with multiple rushing touchdowns (4)
• For the fourth time this season, Liberty recorded four or more rushing touchdowns in a game
• The Flames have rushed for 26 touchdowns during their first 10 games of the season and now are six rushing touchdowns away from tying the program's single-season record set in 2007
• Liberty ranks No. 14 in the country in total rushing touchdowns on the year (26)
• The Flames finished the PC game with 147 passing yards, its second-lowest passing total this season (season low was 101 passing yards against Morgan State)
• The Flames finished the PC game with their highest single-game completion percentage of the season at 76.4 percent (13-of-17)
• Liberty has finished three games in 2013 with a 70 or higher completion percentage (72.7 percent against Monmouth – 16-of-22; 70.7 percent against Coastal Carolina – 29-of-41)
• For the first time in four games and the third time this year, Liberty finished a game without an interception thrown
• Liberty currently ranks No. 27 in the country in fewest interceptions allowed (7)
• For the second week in a row, Liberty finished a game with exactly six third-down conversions (6-of-13)
• Liberty has recorded six or more third-down conversions the last six games in a row
• During the first four games of the year, Liberty converted on 30.2 percent of its third-down plays (13-of-43)
• During the last six games of the year, Liberty has converted on 50.6 percent of its third-down plays (44-of-87)
• The Flames tied a school record by converting on 3-of-3 fourth-down plays against PC
• Liberty also was a perfect 3-of-3 on fourth-down conversion attempts against Charleston Southern in 1999, Elon in 1997 and Morehead State in 1980
• Liberty doubled its fourth-down conversion success total in the game against PC, as the Flames came into the game 3-of-6 on fourth-down tries during the first nine games of the year
• Liberty now ranks No. 16 in the country in fourth-down conversion percentage (6-of-9/66.7 percent)
• For the sixth game in a row and the eighth time this season, Liberty won the time of possession battle (33:16 to 26:44)
• Liberty ranks third in the Big South and No. 32 in the country in average time of possession (31:25)
• Liberty's time of possession win was bolstered by the Flames holding possession of the football for 11:18 during the fourth quarter against PC
• The Flames had a 18-play, 90-yard drive against PC that consumed 9:21 on the clock, spanning the first and second quarters
• The drive was the longest on the season in terms of total plays and time of possession
• Prior to the PC game, Liberty's longest drive of the season was a 15-play drive against Old Dominion and a 7:20 drive against Morgan State
• The Flames were flagged for a season-high seven penalties for 55 yards against PC (previous high was six against Richmond and VMI)
• The two teams combined  for 16 penalties (seven for Liberty; nine for PC), tying the most combined penalties called in a Liberty game this year (also had 16 against Richmond – six for Liberty and 10 for Richmond)
• Four of Liberty's seven penalties against PC were false start calls, all against Liberty's offensive line (one called on each of the following players: Jonathan Burgess, Aharown Campbell, Mitch Hanson and Max Sommer)
• In the last two weeks, Liberty has been flagged for nine false starts (four against VMI and five against PC)
• During the last two games, the Flames have been flagged for 13 infractions for 89 yards
• During the first eight games of the year, Liberty averaged 4.2 penalties per game and 36.5 penalty yards per game
• Despite the higher penalty total the last two games, Liberty still ranks No. 16 in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.60) and No. 9 for fewest penalty yards per game (38.10)
• For the second time this season, Liberty's offensive line did not allow a sack in the game against PC (also no sacks allowed against Monmouth)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 23 in the country in sacks allowed per game (1.2)
• For the fifth time this year, Liberty won the turnover battle, finishing with two turnovers gained (one fumble recovery, one interception) to PC's one turnover gained (fumble recovery)
• Liberty ranks No. 12 in the country in turnover margin (0.9) and is +9 in the turnover battle on the season (11 turnovers lost, 20 turnovers gained)
• Liberty ranks No. 30 nationally in turnovers gained (20 – 14 interceptions, six fumble recoveries)
• Liberty ranks No. 8 in turnovers lost (11 – seven interceptions, four fumbles lost)
• The Flames held their fifth opponent this season to two or fewer scores in a game
• PC is the seventh opponent in 2013 Liberty has held to less to 20 points scored in a game
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 6 in the country in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game)
• PC finished the game with 15 first downs, including seven by rushing plays, seven by passing plays and one by penalty
• PC is the third-straight opponent and the sixth overall this season Liberty has held to less than 20 first downs in a game
• Liberty currently ranks No. 31 in the country in first down defense (176 allowed/17.6 allowed per game)
• PC finished the game with 244 total offensive yards, becoming the sixth opponent this year Liberty has held to less than 300 yards of total offense
• Liberty currently ranks No. 16 in the country in total defense, allowing 323.4 total offensive yards per game
• For the third-straight game and the fifth time this season, Liberty held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards (91 by PC)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 18 in the country in rushing defense, allowing 118.1 rushing yards per game
• PC became the first Liberty opponent in three games and the fourth overall to rush for a touchdown against the Flames in 2013
• Liberty has allowed nine rushing touchdowns in 2013, which ranks No. 12 nationally in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed
• Liberty held its second opponent in a row and sixth overall this year below the 200 passing yard mark, as PC finished the game with 153 total passing yards
• Liberty recorded its 14th interception of the season against PC and ranks No. 10 in the country in total interceptions in 2013
• For the first time this season, Liberty forced two fumbles in a game (one fumble recovery)
• PC finished the game 3-of-11 on third-down conversion attempts (27.3 percent)
• PC is the fifth opponent the Flames have held to four or fewer third-down conversions in 2013
• On the season, Liberty ranks No. 24 in the country in third-down conversion defense (35.0 percent/48-of-137)
• PC became the second Liberty opponent in 2013 to finish a game with multiple fourth-down conversions (2-of-3)
• Liberty's lone fourth-down stop came during the third quarter where PC faked a punt, but was stopped short of the first down marker
• Liberty scored five plays later to double its lead to 28-14 with 1:20 left in the third quarter
• For the third game in a row and the sixth time this season, Liberty finished a game with multiple sacks (two against PC)
• Liberty has recorded 23 sacks in 10 games in 2013, which ranks No. 42 in the country in sacks per game
• The Flames limited PC to 21 combined special teams return yards (four punt return yards; 17 kickoff return yards)
• During the first six games of the year, Liberty allowed its opponents 449 total special teams return yards (74.8 yards per game)
• During the last four games of the year, Liberty has allowed its opponents 64 total special teams return yards (16.0 yards per game)
• For the first time in six games, Liberty finished a contest averaging more than 40 yards per punt (40.5 yards on two punts against PC)
• Liberty finished the game 5-of-6 on red zone scoring chances, with five touchdowns when the Flames crossed the PC 20-yard line
• The only time the Flames did not score when entering the PC 20-yard line was on the game's final drive when Liberty was running out the clock
• Liberty currently ranks No. 21 in the country in red zone offense, scoring 87.2 percent of the time the Flames cross their opponent's 20-yard line (34-of-39)
• 22 of Liberty's 34 red zone scoring drives in 2013 have ended on rushing touchdowns, including four times against PC
• PC was able to score on two of the three occasions it crossed the Flames' 20-yard line (one rushing and one passing touchdown)
• On the year, Liberty ranks No. 3 in the country in red zone scoring defense, as opponents have scored on 18-of-27 drives to cross Liberty's 20-yard line (66.7 percent)

Player Points against PC:
Desmond Rice led the Flames, rushing 22 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns
• The PC game marked the third time this year Desmond Rice has rushed for three touchdowns in a game (also against Morgan State and Coastal Carolina)
• Desmond Rice tied a career high with 22 rushing attempts (also had 22 carries against VMI last week)
• With this third rushing touchdown against PC and 12 on the season, Desmond Rice becomes the ninth player in program history with 10 or more rushing touchdowns in a season
• During the first five games of the year, Desmond Rice averaged 10.2 rushing attempts per game, rushing for 323 yards and six touchdowns
• During the last five games, Desmond Rice has averaged 20.8 rushing attempts per game, rushing for 498 yards and six touchdowns
• For the second time this year, Desmond Rice came within yards of picking up his third career 100-yard rushing performance (also had 97 rushing yards against Morgan State)
Clifton Richardson finished the game with eight carries for 42 yards, his highest rushing total since rushing 14 times for 86 yards against Morgan State
• For the third time this year, D.J. Abnar finished a game with double-digit rushing attempts (10 carries for 42 yards)
• D.J. Abnar recorded his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the fifth of his career
Aldreakis Allen saw his first game action of 2013, rushing three times for 22 yards
Josh Woodrum finished the game an efficient 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) for 147 yards and one touchdown pass
• It was the third-straight game and sixth time this year Josh Woodrum has finished a game with less than 200 passing yards
• For the first time in four games and the third time overall this season, Josh Woodrum finished a game without throwing an interception
• Three of Josh Woodrum's 13 completions against PC were for 20 or more yards and were to three different players (20-yard completions to Darrin Peterson and Brandon Apon and a 45-yard completion to Dante Shells)
• With his 147 passing yards against PC, Josh Woodrum became the 10th player in program history to throw for 2,000 yards in a season
Gabe Henderson led the Flames with five receptions for 34 yards
• Gabe Henderson has led the Flames in receptions five out of 10 games in 2013
• Darrin Peterson caught his team-leading sixth touchdown pass of the season against PC
• For the first time in six games, Grant Bowden finished a game averaging 40 or more yards per punt (40.5 on two punts against PC)
• Grant Bowden now has 10 career games at Liberty averaging 40 or more yards per punt
• Both of Grant Bowden's two punts against PC pinned the Blue Hose inside their own 20-yard line
• Grant Bowden now has 29 career punts that have landed inside the opponent's 20-yard line
• Grant Bowden recorded his fourth 50-plus yard punt of the year and the 10th of his Liberty career with a 55-yard punt against PC
John Lunsford missed his only field goal attempt of the game, a 45-yard attempt during the second quarter
• John Lunsford has missed four of his last five field goal attempts and is 4-of-12 on field goal tries in the last five games
Jacob Hagen led the Flames with nine tackles, including a team-best six solo stops
• Jacob Hagen forced both of Liberty's gained turnovers against PC
• Jacob Hagen recorded his first career forced fumble that was recovered by Scott Hyland and led to Liberty's second touchdown of the game
• Jacob Hagen recorded his third interception of the season and fourth of his career, allowing Liberty to add a third touchdown just before halftime
• Jacob Hagen is now one of three Flames on the year with three interceptions (also Kevin Fogg and Walt Aikens)
• Jacob Hagen currently ranks No. 44 in the country in interceptions per game (0.3)
Kenny Scott had his second-best tackle performance of the season against PC, finishing the game with six stops (he had a season high eight tackles against Coastal Carolina)
• Kenny Scott tied a season high with four solo tackles against PC (also had four solo stops against Old Dominion and Coastal Carolina)
• Kenny Scott's six stops against PC gives him 93 for his career, leaving him seven short of becoming the seventh player on Liberty's active roster with 100 career tackles
• Scott Hyland recorded his first career fumble recovery against PC (in 43 career games played)
Chima Uzowihe finished the PC game with 1.5 sacks for a loss of 16 yards
• Chima Uzowihe currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 50 in the country with 7.0 sacks on the season
JaRon Greene recorded his second tackle for a loss on the year, a one-yard loss on an attempted fake punt by PC to give Liberty possession of the ball late in the third quarter