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West Virginia Revisited: News and Notes

September 13, 2015
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No. 15/13 Liberty took to the road for the first time in 2015 this past weekend, falling, 41-17, to West Virginia at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Included with today's news and notes are audio highlights from yesterday's contest at West Virginia. The audio package also includes interviews with Head Coach Turner Gill, highlighting the Flames' setback to the Mountaineers.

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 West Virginia:
• Following the game, West Virginia now leads the overall series, 2-0
• Both contests in the series have taken place at Milan Puskar Stadium
• West Virginia claimed a 33-20 victory over visiting Liberty in the first meeting on Sept. 5, 2009
• The contest was Liberty's first-ever against a Big 12 opponent
• Following the game, Liberty is now 1-5 all-time under Head Coach Turner Gill against FBS opponents
• The game was played in front of 52,899 fans, the third largest crowd to see a Liberty football game in program history
• Two of the top three largest crowds to see a Liberty football game have been against West Virginia (No. 1 on the list was 57,950 fans on Sept. 5, 2009)

Team Talking Points:
• The contest marked the 10th time Liberty has been held below the 20-point mark under Head Coach Turner Gill and the Flames are now 3-7 in those 10 contests
• The Flames finished the game with 372 total offensive yards, with 222 yards coming during the second half of play
• Of Liberty's 17 first downs, 12 first downs came via passing plays (two rushing, three by penalty)
• Liberty's two first downs via rushing plays is tied for the lowest total by the Flames in four seasons under Head Coach Turner Gill (also had two rushing first downs against Kent State in 2013 and Indiana State in 2014)
• The Flames finished the game with 92 team rushing yards and are now 2-7 in games rushing for less than 100 yards under Head Coach Turner Gill
• After opening the year with 11 penalties for 110 yards against Delaware State, Liberty finished the West Virginia game with four penalties for 26 yards
• Liberty won the time of possession battle for the ninth time in the last 10 games (dating back to 2014), finishing the contest with a 1:06 time of possession edge (30:33 go 29:27)
• The Flames have won the time of possession battle 29 times in 39 games under Head Coach Turner Gill, posting a 21-8 record when winning the TOP battle
• The Flames currently rank No. 21 in the country in average time of possession (33:38)
• After opening the year 7-of-14 on third-down conversions against Delaware State, Liberty finished the West Virginia game converting on 3-of-12 third-down plays
• For the 10th time in 39 games under Head Coach Turner Gill, the Flames finished a contest without committing a turnover
• West Virginia finished the game with 313 team passing yards, marking the seventh time the Flames have given up 300 or more passing yards under Head Coach Turner Gill
• West Virginia converted on all six of its red zone scoring opportunities (four touchdowns and two field goal) and Liberty now ranks tied for No. 77 in red zone defense (8-of-9 opponent scoring drives/88.9 percent)
• West Virginia became the fifth team to score 40 or more points against the Flames in 39 games under Head Coach Turner Gill
• West Virginia finished the game rushing 45 times for 172 yards and scored twice via its ground attack
• Dating back to the 2014 season, Liberty has allowed an opponent to rush for more than 150 yards four out of the last six games (opponents averaging 190.2 rushing yards per game during the span with 14 rushing touchdowns)

Notable Player Points:
• For the second game in a row, RB Desmond Rice led the Flames' rushing attack, finishing the West Virginia game with 11 carries for 37 yards
• RB Todd Macon finished the West Virginia game with eight carries for 31 yards, the sophomore's fourth highest rushing attempts total in a game
• RB Todd Macon scored Liberty's lone rushing touchdown against West Virginia
• RB Todd Macon has scored three of his four career rushing touchdowns against FBS opponents (Macon scored two rushing touchdowns against North Carolina in 2014)
• QB Josh Woodrum finished the game completing 21-of-32 passing attempts for 280 yards
• The 280 passing yards against West Virginia marked QB Josh Woodrum's ninth career 250-yard passing performance
• QB Josh Woodrum moved into third place on the Big South's career total offensive yards list (8,379) with his 288 total offensive yards against West Virginia
• Following the West Virginia game, QB Josh Woodrum needs just 38 passing yards to become the second player in program history and third in Big South history with 8,000 career passing yards (7,962)
• WR Darrin Peterson finished the game with four receptions for 64 yards, moving him into fourth place on Liberty's career receptions (159) and receiving yards (2,411) all-time list
• WR Dante' Shells finished the game with four receptions for 71 yards, marking his fifth career game at Liberty with 60 or more receiving yards
• With his yardage against West Virginia, WR Dante' Shells is the second active Flame with 1,000 or more career receiving yards (1,063)
• WR Zac Parker recorded his first collegiate receiving touchdown against West Virginia on a 60-yard scoring play from QB Josh Woodrum in the fourth quarter
• K John Lunsford finished the game 1-of-4 on field goal attempts, his third career game with four field goal tries (VMI in 2013 and Coastal Carolina in 2014)
• The West Virginia game marked the second time in K John Lunsford's career he has missed three field goals in a game (Lunsford was also 1-of-4 on field goal tries against VMI in 2013)
• RS Damian King finished the game with three kickoff returns for 60 yards in his first collegiate appearance
• LB Nick Newman led the Flames with 10 tackles (nine solo, one assisted), marking his third career game with double digit tackles
• LB Nick Newman finished the game with a career-best nine solo tackles (previous career high was seven solo tackles against Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina in 2014)
• With his 10-tackle effort, LB Nick Newman became the second active player on Liberty's roster with 100 or more tackles (107)
• S Avery James finished the game with a career-best nine tackles (all solo), surpassing his five-tackle effort against Brevard in 2014
• S Avery James recorded his first career sacks and first two career tackles for a loss against the Mountaineers on Saturday
• SPUR Corbin Jackson continues to put up numbers in his first two career games, finishing the contest against West Virginia with seven tackles (all solo stops)
• LB Jimmy O'Grady finished the game with seven tackles (six solo, one assisted), marking his previous career high against James Madison in 2014
• LB Jimmy O'Grady recorded his first career forced fumble against West Virginia
• DL Chima Uzowihe finished the game with six tackles (five solo, one assisted), including a seven-yard sack
• With his first quarter sack, DL Chima Uzowihe moved into a tie for first place on the Big South's career sacks listing (20.5 – along with Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston)
• CB Jeremy Peters recorded the first two tackles of his career against West Virginia, two solo stops
• CB Wesley Scott finished the game with two tackles (both solo) and is 13 tackles away from giving Liberty three players with 100 or more career stops