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Richmond Revisited: News & Notes

October 5, 2014
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The Flames gave its record-breaking Homecoming crowd a battle that took more than 60 minutes, but eventually fell to No. 20/21 Richmond, 46-39, in double overtime on Saturday.

Included with today's news and notes are video highlights from Liberty's third home contest of the year and second in a row at home against a nationally ranked squad.

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 Richmond:
• Following the double-overtime thriller, Richmond now leads the series 2-0
• Liberty has now faced Richmond in back-to-back years
• Last year, the Flames fell to the Spiders, 30-21, at Robins Stadium

Attendance Facts and Figures:
• Liberty shattered a Williams Stadium attendance record with 20,838 in attendance for the Homecoming contest (previous record was 19,314 set when the stadium reopened after renovations in 2010)
• Following the record-setting crowd, Liberty currently ranks No. 3 in the country in total home attendance (53,466), No. 7 in average home attendance (17,822) and No. 15 in filling stadium capacity (92.82 percent)
• Liberty has averaged 19, 137 fans per game at its last five Homecoming contests

Team Talking Points:
• Midway through the 2014 season, Liberty has faced the No. 10 toughest schedule in the country as ranked by NCAA.org with opponents having a combined record of 24-6 (80.0 winning percentage; Past opponents: 9-3/75.0 percent; Future opponents: 15-3/83.3 percent)
• For the second year in a row, Liberty dropped a Homecoming contest in double overtime to a nationally ranked team (last year, the Flames fell, 55-52, to No. 6/4 Coastal Carolina in double overtime)
• Following the setback, Liberty is now 4-7 all-time in overtime games and 1-3 in overtime games that extend beyond the first extra period (four out of Liberty's last five overtime games have gone beyond the first overtime period)
• The loss snapped Liberty's two-game winning streak against top 25 programs and drops the Flames to 3-7 all-time in games under head coach Turner Gill against a nationally ranked opponent
• The Flames finished the game rushing for 221 yards on 33 carries (6.7 yards per carry average), Liberty's second-highest rushing total of the year
• Liberty averaged 7.1 yards per play against the Spiders, finishing the contest with 58 plays for 414 yards (third time this year the Flames have averaged 6.0 or more yards per play in a game)
• For the first time since 2002, the Flames finished a game without a third-down conversion (0-for-10) and Liberty has converted on 1-of-21 third-down plays in the last two games
• Liberty finished the game setting a school record by converting on all four fourth-down conversion plays and now ranks No. 10 in the country in fourth-down conversion rate (6-of-8)
• Liberty lost the time of possession battle in the game to Richmond (24:45 to 35:15), marking the fourth time in six games a Liberty opponent has finished with the TOP edge this season
• The Flames scored five of six times they entered the red zone against Richmond (all five were touchdowns) and rank No. 16 in the country in red zone offense (90.5 percent/19-of-21)
• The Flames committed one turnover in the game (on the last play of the game) and failed to create at least one turnover in a game this season
• Richmond finished the game with 28 first downs, becoming the fourth opponent in six games this season to finish a contest with 20 or more first downs against the Flames (Liberty now ranks No. 111 out of 121 teams in the country in first down defense)
• After limiting their first four opponents of the year to an average of 107.5 passing yards per game (North Carolina – 235; Norfolk State – 56; Brevard – 33; Bryant – 106), Liberty has allowed a combined 665 passing yards the last two games (Indiana State – 340; Richmond – 325)
• Richmond finished the game converting on 13-of-19 third down plays and continues to lead the country in third-down conversion percentage (65.0 percent/52-of-80). Liberty ranks No. 113 out of 121 teams in third-down conversion defense (48.5 percent/47-of-97)
• Richmond scored on 7-of-8 drives inside the red zone (six touchdowns, one field goal) and Liberty now ranks No. 106 in the country in red zone defense (opponents scoring on 89.7 percent of drives/26-of-29)
• Richmond amassed an opponent season high 498 total offensive yards on 89 plays (5.6 average yards per play), the most yards Liberty has allowed since last year's double overtime loss to Coastal Carolina on Homecoming weekend

Notable Player Points:
• For the second time this year and third time in his career, RB D.J. Abnar surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground, rushing 11 times for 105 yards
• QB Josh Woodrum finished the game with a career-high 18 carries for 98 rushing yards, including a career-long run of 40 yards
• For the second time this season and the third time in his career, QB Josh Woodrum finished a game with two rushing touchdowns to give him 11 career rushing touchdowns
• QB Stephon Masha finished the game with a career-high three carries for 21 yards
• QB Josh Woodrum had his streak of three consecutive 300-yard passing games snapped as he finished the game 15-of-25 for 193 passing yards and three touchdowns
• QB Josh Woodrum finished the game with 193 passing yards, moving him into fifth place on Liberty's all-time career passing yards listing with 6,091 (he surpassed Mike Brown/2008-11 during the game – 6,072 passing yards)
• WR Darrin Peterson posted his fourth game in a row with 100 receiving yards, finishing the contest with 11 receptions for 136 yards
• WR Darrin Peterson finished the game with a career-high three touchdown receptions, giving him 13 total career touchdowns receptions
• Following the game, WR Darrin Peterson ranks No. 1 in the country in total receiving yards (709), No. 3 in receiving yards per game (118.2), No. 6 in receptions per game (7.5) and No. 12 in receiving touchdowns (5)
• K John Lunsford set a school and Big South record with a 60-yard field goal to send the game into overtime, which is also tied for the sixth longest field goal in NCAA FCS history
• CB Kenny Scott finished the game with a career-high 14 tackles, his first career double-digit tackle performance
• LB Nick Newman, who started his first career game at WLB, finished the contest with a career-high 12 tackles
• FS Jacob Hagen posted his second double-digit tackle performance of the year and third of the year, finishing the contest with 10 stops
• SS Tyrin Holloway started his first career game and finished the contest with a career-high eight tackles
• LB Dylan Lewellyn posted his third double-digit tackle effort of the year (10) and is now 12 tackles shy of becoming the fourth active player on Liberty's roster with 100 career stops (88)
• DL Chima Uzowihe finished the game 3.5 sack of the season and he now needs 2.5 sacks to crack Liberty's career top five ranking (No. 5 is Troy Rice with 15 sacks)
• DL Chima Uzowihe blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt, the third blocked kick of his career and the first blocked field goal by a Flame since 2012 (Demetrius Ward against Concord on Oct. 20)