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Charleston Southern Revisited: News & Notes

November 16, 2014
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Liberty had its seven-game Big South winning streak snapped on Saturday at Williams Stadium, as Charleston Southern was able to hold off the Flames for a 38-36 victory.

Included with today's news and notes are video highlights from yesterday's two-point home setback to the Buccaneers on Senior Day.

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 Charleston Southern:
• Liberty leads the overall series with Charleston Southern, 19-3
• The loss snapped Liberty's eight-game winning streak against the Buccaneers
• The win was Charleston Southern's second in the series history at Williams Stadium (first was in 2000)
• The contest extended the longest series in program history, as Liberty has met Charleston Southern each season for the last 22 years
• Charleston Southern scored the most points in the 22-game series (previous best was 31 points scored in 2001 and 2005)

Attendance Numbers:
• Following the contest, Liberty now ranks No. 5 in average home attendance (17,016), No. 7 in total home attendance (102,098) and No. 11 in filling stadium capacity (93.48 percent)
• With its attendance figure against Charleston Southern, Liberty finished the regular season with a total home attendance figure over 100,000 (102,098) for the second year in a row
• Liberty's current average home attendance figure of 17,016 is ahead of the program's all-time record of 16,419 set in 2011 (six home games)

Team Talking Points:
• Liberty's loss to Charleston Southern snapped the Flames' seven-game Big South win streak, which ranked as the third longest FCS winning streak in the country coming into last week
• When Charleston Southern took a 7-3 lead on a Christian Reyes touchdown run with 13:20 left to play in the second quarter, it marked the first time Liberty had trailed in a Big South game since suffering a loss to Coastal Carolina in double overtime on Oct. 19, 2013 (spanned seven games)
• The loss marked the first time in three seasons under Head Coach Turner Gill the Flames have suffered a defeat in the month of November (9-1 now in November under Turner Gill)
• Charleston Southern is the second team in the last 24 Big South home games to defeat the Flames at Williams Stadium (dating back to 2006)
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty has now played the No. 9 "Toughest Schedule" in the country this season by an FCS team
• Liberty finished the game with 376 total offensive yards, marking the fifth time this year the Flames have been held below 400 total offensive yards in a game
• Charleston Southern limited Liberty to 57 total offensive plays, its lowest total plays in a Big South game since Stony Brook held Liberty to 55 total offensive plays in 2012
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game with 238 passing yards, its highest passing total in four Big South games this season
• Liberty tied a season high with four passing touchdowns (also had four passing touchdowns against Brevard)
• The Flames were limited by Charleston Southern to 25 rushing attempts for 138 yards and a touchdown after rushing for seven touchdowns and averaging 47.3 carries per game, 218.0 rushing yards per game during their first three Big South games
• Liberty lost the time of possession battle by 14:02 (LU – 22:59 to CSU – 37:01), its largest time of possession deficit in a Big South game since 2011 (14:24 against Charleston Southern)
• Liberty successfully scored on all four of its red zone opportunities against Charleston Southern and now ranks No. 16 in the country in red zone offense (87.5 percent/42-of-48)
• For the fourth time in the last five games and sixth time overall this year, Liberty did not allow a sack and now ranks No. 7 in the country in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.82)
• Liberty allowed Charleston Southern to finish the game with 576 total offensive yards, the most total offensive yards the Flames have allowed in a conference game since Big South play started in 2002
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 88 total offensive plays, marking the fifth time this year the Flames have allowed an opponent to amass 80 or more total offensive plays in a game
• During its first three Big South games of the year, Liberty had allowed a total of 723 total offensive yards (214.0 average per game)
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 359 rushing yards, the most rushing yards Liberty has allowed to a Division I opponent since VMI rushed for 372 yards in 2008
• For the second time in three games, Liberty recorded four interceptions in a game and now ranks No. 6 in the country in total interceptions (16)
• Charleston Southern finished the game converting on 10-of-18 third-down plays and all four of its fourth-down plays
• Charleston Southern is the third opponent this season to finish a game with 10 or more third-down conversion
• Liberty now ranks No. 97 in the country in third-down conversion defense (44.2 percent/72-of-163) and No. 108 in the nation in fourth-down conversion defense (62.5 percent/10-of-16)
• Liberty committed three turnovers in the game, its third-highest turnover total this season (all three were interceptions)
• All seven turnovers in the Charleston Southern game were interceptions (Liberty with three and Charleston Southern with four)
• Liberty stopped Charleston Southern from scoring twice in the red zone, marking the second and third times this year the Flames have stopped a Big South opponent inside the red zone
• The Flames finished the game with a season-best 113 kickoff return yards on seven returns (16.1) and now rank No. 119 in the country in average kickoff return yards (15.94)

Notable Player Points:
• QB Josh Woodrum was sidelined with an injury, snapping his string of 31 consecutive games started under center for the Flames
• QB Stephon Masha started in place of Josh Woodrum, marking the first career start for the redshirt freshman
• QB Stephon Masha was responsible for 337 of Liberty's 376 total offensive yards during the game (99 rushing, 238 passing)
• QB Stephon Masha finished the game with a career high 10 rushing attempts for 99 yards
• QB Stephon Masha finished the game completing 21-of-32 passing attempts for 238 yards, while throwing the first four touchdown passes of his Liberty career
• RB D.J. Abnar was held to 12 carries for 38 rushing yards, his second lowest carry total of the year (11 against Richmond) and tied for his lowest total of the year (also had 38 yards at Norfolk State)
• RB D.J. Abnar recorded his 13th rushing touchdown of the season and now needs two rushing touchdowns to crack Liberty's top five rushing touchdown list
• WR Darrin Peterson led Liberty with 10 receptions for 123 receiving yards and three touchdowns
• With his yardage total in the game, WR Darrin Peterson set a new single season school record with 1,101 receiving yards (previous record was 1,081 by Chris Summers in 2010)
• WR Darrin Peterson tied a career high with three touchdown receptions (also had three touchdowns against Richmond)
• WR Darrin Peterson now has 11 receiving touchdowns on the year, which ranks tied for No. 9 in the country and second best in program history
• WR Darrin Peterson now ranks No. 8 in the country in total receiving yards (1,101) and No. 10 in receiving yards per game (100.1)
• WR Darrin Peterson has had three games in 2014 with 10 or more receptions and now ranks No. 5 in program history with 72 receptions on the year
• WR Gabe Henderson finished his Senior Day with six receptions for 63 yards and recorded his third game in a row with a touchdown reception
• TE Dexter Herman tied a career high with three receptions for 41 yards
• K John Lunsford connected on a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter, marking his third 50+ yard field goal of the season
• K John Lunsford missed an extra point in the second quarter, snapping his school record of 94 consecutive extra points made
• RS Alpha Jalloh finished the game with a season-high four kickoff returns for a season-best 79 kickoff return yards
• LB Nick Newman tied a career high with 12 tackles to lead Liberty's defensive effort (also had 12 tackles against Richmond)
• LB Nick Newman recorded his second forced fumble of the year and is now tied for the team with Dominique Davis and Kenny Scott
• S Jacob Hagen finished the game with a career-high three interceptions, tying Ernie Antolik (vs. Tennessee Tech/1988) for the second most interceptions in a game in program history
• With his three interceptions, S Jacob Hagen now has eight interceptions on the year, which is tied for fourth best in program history (Earl Fischer/1982)
• Following the game, S Jacob Hagen now leads the country with eight interceptions
• S Jacob Hagen now has 15 career interceptions, which ranks second best in Big South history and fifth in program history
• S Gary Sampson tied a career high with seven tackles (also had seven stops against Richmond)
• LB Bobby Partilla finished his Senior Day game with a career-high six tackles (previous career high was five stops against Coastal Carolina in 2011)
• LB Dylan Lewellyn finished the game with four tackles, allowing him to become the fourth player on Liberty's active roster with 100 or more career tackles (100)