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Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2015: No. 1
As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2015, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
The series concludes today by looking at Moment No. 1, football defeating No. 4 Coastal Carolina, 24-21, during its 2015 finale in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNEWS on Nov. 19.
The Flames looked to send their senior class out on a high note, a group that helped lead Liberty to three Big South titles and the program's first NCAA FCS Playoff appearance in 2014.
A raucous crowd of 18,955 created a great home field advantage for the Flames at Williams Stadium. The energy continued to feed Liberty's football players during the program's first-ever nationally televised game.
Liberty led throughout the night until Big South Offensive Player of the Year De'Angelo Henderson scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 3:59 left to put the visitors ahead for the first time in the game, 21-17.
Three-time All-Big South quarterback Josh Woodrum responded, leading Liberty on a game winning seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive. The drive included a 21-yard pass play to All-America wide receiver Darrin Peterson on a fourth-down play and a 40-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Farrow with 1:27 left to play on the clock.
A strong defensive effort by the Flames on the following drive allowed Liberty to secure the program's sixth win over its last nine matchups against ranked teams. The win also gave Head Coach Turner Gill four victories against top 10 ranked teams since taking over the program in 2012.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2015:
No. 12 – Women's tennis sets program wins record with victory over Radford
No. 11 – Softball's 10th inning victory over Coastal Carolina
No. 10 – Consecutive 4-3 wins by men's tennis over Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian
No. 9 – Baseball rallying for come-from-behind win over High Point on Senior Day
No. 8 – Men's and women's track & field sweeps Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles
No. 7 – Chris Turner's interception during the fourth quarter against Coastal Carolina
No. 6 – Ednah Kurgat finishing 12th at the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships
No. 5 – Field hockey cracking the top 10 in the national polls for the first time in program history
No. 4 – Announcement of Ritchie McKay as head men's basketball coach
No. 3 – Women's soccer capturing the 2015 Big South Women's Soccer Championship title
No. 2 – Women's basketball securing its 16th Big South title in the last 19 years
No. 1 – Football's win over No. 4 Coastal Carolina in a nationally televised game