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Appalachian State Revisited: News & Notes

October 12, 2014
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Liberty stopped a two-game skid and picked up the program's third win over an FBS program, defeating Appalachian State in overtime, 55-48, Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Included with today's news and notes are video highlights from Liberty's final non-conference game of the regular season. The Flames will have a bye week next week before hosting Gardner-Webb on Oct. 25.

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 Appalachian State:

  • Appalachian State now leads the series, 7-3

  • The game was the first meeting between the two programs since 2002 after Liberty and Appalachian State faced each other eight times over a 10-year span from 1993 to 2002

  • All three of Liberty's wins in the series have come in Boone, N.C. (also in 1993 and 1997)


Team Talking Points:

  • The win was the program's third over an FBS program and the second in the last five seasons (also defeated Eastern Michigan in 1989 and Ball State in 2010)

  • The game was played in front of 26,058 fans, the seventh largest crowd to ever see a Flames football game and the largest to see a Liberty victory (previous record was 19,314 at Williams Stadium against Savannah State on Oct. 2, 2010)

  • The team teams combined for 1,129 total offensive yards (Liberty 501; Appalachian State 628) accounting for the most combined yardage in a game since Liberty and Coastal Carolina combined for 1,169 yards in a double overtime game in 2013

  • The Flames snapped a two-game losing streak in overtime contests (last win was in double overtime to Presbyterian in 2011) and move to 5-7 all-time in overtime games (2-2 under head coach Turner Gill)

  • For the second time this year, Liberty surpassed the 500-yard mark in total offense (501) and is now averaging 429.3 total offensive yards per game and 6.9 yards per play in 2014

  • The Flames tied a season high in the game with 25 first downs and have now recorded double digit passing first downs in three out of their last four games (Bryant 17; Indiana State 15; Appalachian State 13)

  • After being limited to 12 carries for three yards during the first half of the game, Liberty finished the contest with 38 rushing attempts for 145 yards and three rushing touchdowns

  • Liberty has surpassed the 300-yard passing mark four out of the last five games, including a season-best 356 passing yards against Appalachian State (averaging 271.4 passing yards per game)

  • The Flames matched a season low, finishing the Appalachian State game with two penalties for 25 yards (also had two penalties for 19 yards against North Carolina)

  • After finishing the last two games a combined 1-of-21 on third-down conversion, Liberty was able to pick up a new set of downs on 10-of-17 third-down plays against Appalachian State

  • The Flames won the time of possession battle for the third time this season, finishing with a  10:36 TOP edge against Appalachian State (35:18 to 24:42)

  • The Flames surrendered 628 total yards of total offense to Appalachian State, the most yards Liberty has allowed since No. 16 William & Mary racked up 635 yards in 2005

  • Appalachian State freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb finished the game with 397 passing yards, the fifth most allowed by the Flames to an opposing quarterback in school history

  • Liberty limited Appalachian to converting on 6-of-12 third-down plays after Richmond converted on 13-of-19 third-down plays last week

  • After stopping opponents only three times in six games inside the red zone in 2014 (26-of-29), Liberty was able to keep Appalachian State from scoring on three of four drives that entered the 20-yard line

  • The Flames won the turnover battle in the game (Liberty 2; Appalachian State 4) and are now 4-0 this year when winning the turnover battle (+8 turnover margin in wins and -5 in losses)


Notable Player Points:

  • RB D.J. Abnar posted his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and the third of the season with a career-high 29 carries for 129 yards

  • RB D.J. Abnar surpassed the 1,000 career rushing yards mark during the game and now has rushed for 1,124 yards during his Liberty career

  • RB D.J. Abnar finished the first half with six carries for six yards and tallied 23 carries for 123 yards during the second half and overtime periods

  • QB Josh Woodrum accounted for four of Liberty's six offensive touchdowns (three passing and one rushing)

  • QB Josh Woodrum posted his seventh career 300-yard passing game and fourth of the season, throwing for 356 yards against Appalachian State

  • QB Josh Woodrum completed his first 13 passing attempts of the game and completed 20 or more passing attempts for the third time this season

  • QB Josh Woodrum moved into fourth place on Liberty's all-time career passing yards chart during the game (6,447), surpassing Antwan Chiles who finished his career with 6,336 passing yards (1993-95)

  • WR Dante Shells posted his first career 100-yard game, finishing the contest with a career-high eight receptions for a career-best 164 receiving yards

  • WR Dante Shells had a career-long 75 yard touchdown reception and now has five plays of 35 or more yards this season

  • WR Darrin Peterson, who caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime, had his streak of four consecutive 100-yard games snapped, finishing the contest with seven receptions for 64 yards

  • TE Dexter Herman tied a career high with three receptions and set a new career high with 61 receiving yards, while recording his fourth career touchdown reception

  • K John Lunsford knocked down 2-of-3 field goal attempts during the game and is 6-of-9 on field goal attempts this season

  • K John Lunsford was successful on all seven of his extra point attempts, leaving him one short of the school record for consecutive extra point attempts made (82 by Mark DeMoss/1980-83)

  • S Jacob Hagen sealed Liberty's victory with an interception in overtime, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on Liberty's all-time interception list with 10 career interceptions

  • S Jacob Hagen tied for team high tackling honors with Dexter Robbins with six stops, leaving him five short of becoming the first Flame since Nick Hursky (2005-08) to record 200 career tackles

  • CB Kenny Scott had two fumble recoveries, returning one 39 yards for a score, making him the eighth player in program history with two fumble recoveries in one game (school record is three by Joe Jordan against Johnson C. Smith in 1999)