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Brevard Revisited: News & Notes
Liberty jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and racked up 600-plus yards of total offense in a 56-31 victory over Brevard, Saturday evening, at Williams Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes are video highlights from Liberty's home-opening win over the Tornados. 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 Brevard:
• Liberty leads the series with Brevard, 2-0.
• Liberty has now won back-to-back home games against Brevard, having closed the home portion of its 2013 schedule against the Tornados with a 59-21 win on Nov. 16.
• In two games against the Tornados, Liberty scored on 17 out of 20 drives (2013 Liberty scored on nine of 10 drives and yesterday the Flames scored on eight of 10 drives).
Team Talking Points:
• Liberty has now won seven of its last eight games dating back to the 2013 season.
• Liberty scored on its first five possessions of the game and finished the night scoring on eight of its 10 total possessions.
• Four of Liberty's eight scoring drives during the game ended in touchdown plays of 30 or more yards (32, 38 and 86-yard passing plays and a 65-yard running play).
• Despite scoring 56 points and finishing the game with 625 yards of total offense, the Flames' average time of possession during the game was just 1:49 on their 10 drives (Total TOP for the game was 18:05).
• Liberty finished the game with 625 total offensive yards on 39 plays, averaging 16.0 yards per play.
• The Flames averaged 18.4 yards per play on first downs during the game (14 rushing plays for 205 yards and 12 passing plays for 274 yards).
• Liberty's 625 total offensive yards were the most for the Flames since Liberty set a school record with 692 total offensive yards against Presbyterian in 2012 (third game under Turner Gill Liberty has amassed 600-plus yards of total offense).
• Liberty did not face a third-down situation until its first drive of the third quarter and was 1-of-3 on third-down plays during the game.
• Liberty set a new program record, finishing the game with an 87.5 team completion percentage (14-of-16), besting the previous record of 82.8 percent against James Madison in 2011 (24-of-29).
• After committing six turnovers during its season opener at North Carolina, Liberty has gone back-to-back games without committing a turnover (third time in three seasons under head coach Turner Gill with back-to-back games without a turnover).
• The Flames scored a touchdown off both turnovers created during the game and have now scored on seven of eight turnovers created this season (six touchdowns and one field goal).
• Liberty finished the game 4-of-4 in red zone scoring opportunities and is one of 15 FCS teams in the country who remain perfect in the red zone this season.
• Brevard finished the game with 85 total offensive plays for 425 yards (5.0 average yards per play), which is the second time the Flames have allowed 80-plus total plays to an opponent this season (North Carolina had 93 plays).
• Brevard was able to convert on 10-of-18 third-down plays and Liberty now ranks 100th out of 113 FCS teams in the country in third-down conversion defense (49.0 percent/25-of-51).
• Liberty finished the game with 108 total tackles, its highest tackle total since recording 112 stops in a 56-0 loss at No. 16 William & Mary on Sept. 24, 2005.
Notable Player Points:
• RB D.J. Abnar rushed for a career-high 161 yards on 13 carries (12.4 average yards per carry) and scored two rushing touchdowns.
• RB D.J. Abnar's two rushing touchdowns against Brevard gives him 10 for his career at Liberty.
• WR Zac Parker made his only carry of the game count, scoring his first touchdown at Liberty on a 65-yard run early in the second quarter.
• RB Todd Macon averaged 12.5 yards per carry, finishing the contest with four rushing attempts for 50 yards and his third rushing touchdown of the season.
• QB Josh Woodrum completed his first 11 passing attempts and helped Liberty set a new program team record with an 87.5 completion percentage (14-of-16).
• QB Josh Woodrum had his fourth 300-yard passing game at Liberty (327) and set a new individual career high with four passing touchdowns.
• With his 327 passing yards, QB Josh Woodrum became the seventh quarterback in program history with 5,000 career passing yards (5,271)
• WR Darrin Peterson posted his fifth career 100-yard receiving game, finishing the contest with a career-high 182 receiving yards and a career-long 86-yard touchdown reception.
• For the second game in a row, TE Dexter Herman tied a career high with three receptions and set a new career best with 43 receiving yards.
• In his first game back after a two-game NCAA academic suspension, K John Lunsford was 8-of-8 on PAT and missed a 45-yard field goal.
• Following the 8-of-8 performance against Brevard, K John Lunsford has now been successful on his last 61 extra point attempts (school record was set by Mark DeMoss/1980-83 with 82 consecutive extra points).
• For the second week in a row, LB Dylan Lewellyn set a new career high, finishing the Brevard game with 16 tackles (eight solo, eight assisted).
• LB Dylan Lewellyn now leads the team with 30 tackles after finishing the 2011 season with 21 tackles and 2012 with 20 stops.
• S Jacob Hagen set a new career high with 13 tackles, surpassing his previous career high of 11 stops at Richmond in 2011.
• DL JaRon Greene finished the Brevard game with a career-high seven tackles (one solo, six assisted) and he recorded his first career fumble recovery.