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The York Report: Recapping Liberty's 17-Play Drive to Beat JMU

December 4, 2014
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Throughout the 2014 football season, LFSN Game On reporter Alan York will take a weekly look inside Liberty's football program in a segment called the "York Report."

During this week's segment, York breaks down Liberty's game-winning drive at James Madison last week, which propelled the Flames into the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

After forcing James Madison to punt for the fourth series in a row, Liberty regained possession of the football with 13:54 left to play on the fourth quarter game clock.

Quarterback Josh Woodrum fumbled the football on the drive's opening play, but the junior was able to recover the miscue at the Liberty two-yard line and get back to the line of scrimmage.

The Flames then pieced together a historic 17-play, 85-yard drive that used up 11:01 on the game clock. The drive's final play was a one-yard burst up the middle by fullback Nicky Fualaau, the junior's second career rushing touchdown with 2:53 left to play.

Fualaau's one-yard run was the 15th rushing play of the 17-play drive and put the Flames ahead, 26-21. After a failed two-point conversion, Liberty's defense was able to stop James Madison on the following drive to secure the program's first-ever NCAA FCS Playoffs victory.