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First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Saturday's game will be an FCS Top 25 clash, as Liberty is ranked No. 24 by The Sports Network and Bryant is listed No. 25 in the FCS Coaches poll this week. This is the Flames' first Top 25 ranking since Liberty finished the 2011 season ranked No. 25 in both polls. See page 5 of the game notes for the complete Top 25 polls.
2. This will mark the Flames' first-ever meeting with Bryant, which is off to a 3-0 start and nationally ranked for the first time in its FCS history. See page 3 of the game notes for more matchup information.
3. The Flames are seeking their first win over an undefeated opponent (3-0 or better) since a 49-32 home victory over Cal Poly on Nov. 1, 1997. See page 4 of the game notes for more on what a Liberty win would mean.
4. Liberty's 56-31 win over Brevard in its home opener contributed to the Big South's first-ever 6-0 week. See page 4 of the game notes for updated Big South Conference information.
5. Senior LB Nick Sigmon needs six tackles to become Liberty's first player since Nick Hursky (2005-08) with 200 career tackles. See page 4 of the game notes for other milestones to watch for this week.
6. Liberty set a record for completion percentage against Brevard (87.5 percent, 14-of-16) last Saturday. See page 5 of the game notes for more on the Flames' offensive explosion against the Tornados.
7. Senior LB Dylan Lewellyn set a career high for the second straight week with his 16-tackle outburst against Brevard. See page 8 of the game notes for updated player career highs.
8. Liberty defeated Brevard without the services of injured starters FB Nicky Fualaau and CB Kenny Scott. See page 9 of the game notes for the Flames' latest injury updates for the Bryant matchup.
9. Junior QB Josh Woodrum is ranked inside the top 25 nationally in eight different categories after a 327-yard, 4-TD outburst against Brevard. See page 10 of the game notes for Liberty's NCAA and Big South stat rankings.
10. Sophomore WR Zac Parker's 65-yard TD run against Brevard was the longest run by a Flame since a 70-yard scamper by Mike Brown against Stony Brook on Nov. 21, 2009, as seen on page 19 of the games notes.
"4 Downs" with the Bulldogs
1 - Saturday will mark the first-ever gridiron meeting between Liberty and Bryant of the Northeast Conference (NEC). It will mark the longest road trip in program history for the Bulldogs, based in Smithfield, R.I.
2 - Bryant's roster includes two Virginia natives, freshman wide receiver Torrey Dixon (Dumfries) and freshman offensive lineman Shawn Golson (Petersburg). Golson closed out his high school career at Williams Stadium, helping Dinwiddie capture the VHSL Group 4A state title in December 2013.
3 - In its seventh season as an FCS program, Bryant is off to an impressive 3-0 start. The Bulldogs opened the year with a 13-7 victory at former Big South member Stony Brook on Aug. 28. Most recently, they defeated No. 23/20 Maine by a 13-10 count last Saturday. As a result, Bryant has earned its first-ever Top 25 ranking, reaching No. 25 in this week's FCS Coaches Poll.
4 - Liberty is 3-1 all-time in four games against NEC opponents, including 3-0 in Lynchburg.
1 - Nick Sigmon is one tackle for a loss shy of 30 for his career. The senior linebacker is also nearing Liberty's career top five in the category. Rodney Degrate (1994-96) currently ranks fifth in program history with 34 tackles for a loss.
1 - Jacob Hagen needs one interception to enter the Flames' career top five list. With eight career picks, Hagen is close on the heels of former teammate Kevin Fogg (2009-13), who finished his career in fifth place at Liberty with nine picks.
6 - Nick Sigmon is six tackles away from 200 for his career. He would become the first Flame with 200 career tackles since Nick Hursky graduated with 270 career stops in 2008.
89 - Gabe Henderson needs 89 yards to become the second active Flame with 1,000 career receiving yards. Darrin Peterson reached the milestone earlier this season.
A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' second consecutive victory in a matchup with a Top 25 opponent. Liberty notched a 56-14 win at No. 18/16 Charleston Southern on Nov. 23, 2013.
• Represent the Flames' first home win over a Top 25 foe since a 28-14 victory over No. 6/8 Stony Brook on Nov. 20, 2012.
• Be Liberty's first win over an undefeated opponent (3-0 or better) since Nov. 1, 1997, when the Flames notched a 49-32 home victory over No. 19 Cal Poly (7-0).
• Give the Flames their best four-game start to a season (3-1) since the 2008 Flames opened the year at 4-0.
• Be Liberty's third straight win and eighth victory in its last nine games dating back to last season.
• Improve Liberty's all-time record against NEC opponents to 4-1, including 4-0 in Lynchburg.
• Extend the Flames' home winning streak to five games.
• Mark Liberty's seventh straight home win against a non-conference opponent and improve the Flames' record to 7-2 in non-conference home tilts under head coach Turner Gill.