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2014 Football Season Recap with Coach Wimberly
Liberty wrapped up the most memorable season in football program history last weekend with its NCAA FCS Playoffs second round matchup against No. 5/5 Villanova.
With the 2014 season still fresh on most fans' minds, the Liberty Flames Sports Network will provide a series of interviews to recap the season this week. The series continues today with an interview with third-year Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberly.
The Flames' defense had several noteworthy performances in 2014, including a pair of shutouts and consecutive games holding top ranked offensive teams in check.
Liberty posted shut out victories against Norfolk State and Gardner-Webb, marking the first time since the 2008 season that the Flames have had two shutouts in the same season. Liberty has also shut out Gardner-Webb in back-to-back meetings (24-0 in 2013 and 34-0 in 2014).
The Flames recorded two of their most significant victories in program history thanks in part to the efforts of their defense.
Big South rival Coastal Carolina led the Big South in total offense and ranked No. 13 in the country in total offense per game entering Liberty's regular-season finale (482.3 yards per game). However, the Flames limited the Chanticleers to 312 yards in the game, allowing Liberty to secure a 15-14 victory over No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
The following week, Liberty once again stopped a potent offense to help the Flames claim their first-ever NCAA FCS Playoffs win, 26-21, over No. 15/15 James Madison. The Dukes came into the game ranked No. 8 in the country in total offense (497.0). Liberty held them scoreless during the second half and limited the Dukes to 336 total offensive yards at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Flames had a total of six defensive players earn All-Big South honors following the regular season (three first-team selections and three second-team honorees).