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Game Day Central: N.C. State

August 31, 2011
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Today's Game
"The Quest Continues" for the Flames in 2011 and will begin on the road, when No. 22/18 Liberty opens this year's campaign against N.C. State inside Carter-Finley Stadium.

Just the Second Time
For just the second time in the six-year span Danny Rocco has been at the helm of Liberty's program will the Flames open the season on the road. The first and only other time was in 2009 when the Flames traveled to Morgantown, W.Va., and dropped a 33-20 decision to West Virginia on Sept. 5.

Unfamiliar Foe
N.C. State start will become the 114th different program the Flames have squared off against on the gridiron when the two meet on Sept. 3 inside Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack is the only first-time opponent on Liberty's 2011 schedule.

Make It Two
N.C. State will be the second ACC opponent Liberty has faced in the 39-year history of the football program. In 2006, Danny Rocco took the Flames to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face his alma mater, Wake Forest, dropping a 34-14 decision on Sept. 30 inside Grove Stadium.

Back on Track
Liberty's 52-7 victory over St. Francis, Pa., to open the 2010 season get the Flames back on their season-opening winning ways, as a 33-20 setback to West Virginia snapped a five-game season-opening winning streak for Liberty. Overall, Liberty is 19-19 in season-opening games, a record that is bolstered by Liberty winning six of its last season-opening games.

Saturday Night Lights
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 16-5 in night games. Since 1976, Liberty has compiled a 58-66-3 record in night games.

In Broad Daylight
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 24-11 in games played during the day. Since 1976, Liberty is 126-119-1 in day games.

Natural vs. Artificial Surfaces
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 30-11 on artificial turf and 10-5 on natural grass. Overall, Liberty is 102-109-4 on natural grass and 90-79 on artificial turf. The Flames play their home games at Williams Stadium, which has an artificial surface, as new state-of-the-art FieldTurf was installed prior to the start of the 2006 season. Liberty has posted a 25-4 record at home since the new type of surface was installed.

Overtime Update
The Flames enter today's game having posted a 3-5 record in overtime games. Liberty's last overtime game came on Sept. 15, 2007, when the Flames dropped a 48-41 decision to William & Mary in double overtime in Williamsburg, Va. Liberty has only played two of its eight overtime games away from Williams Stadium. Liberty's first extra-period game was a 34-28 road loss to Morgan State on Sept. 21, 1996. Liberty's last victory in an overtime contest came on Nov. 22, 2003, when it closed out the 2003 campaign with a 49-42 home win over Hofstra.

Back in the Big South
On Oct. 8, Liberty will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to face Gardner-Webb, officially kicking off the 2011 Big South Conference season. The contest will mark the beginning of the 10th season of Big South football, with Liberty having posted a 28-12 record in league games since 2002.

"The Quest Continues"
Liberty's theme in 2011, "The Quest Continues," has multiple means to the 90-plus members that have been chosen to don a Liberty uniform in 2011. This year's squad is looking to become the first to win five-straight Big South Conference titles, while becoming the first team in program history to earn Liberty a spot in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

Road Warriors
The Flames dropped their final road contest of 2010, falling 45-31 to Coastal Carolina on Nov. 13 to even Liberty's road slate at 3-3 last season. Since taking over the program, head coach Danny Rocco has placed a high priority about winning on the road, with the Flames posting a 14-12 in games away from Williams Stadium since 2006. During the six seasons prior to Rocco's arrival, Liberty posted a combined 4-30 record in road games to open the fourth decade of Liberty football.

Last FBS Foe Falls
The last time the Flames squared off against a FBS program was certainly one of the highlights from the 2010 season. Quarterback Mike Brown scored from one-yard out with just under five minute left, while Liberty made a last-minute defensive stand during the ensuing drive to secure a 27-23 victory over Ball State in Munice, Ind., Sept. 11, 2010. This marked the second time in program history Liberty has knocked off a FBS foe, with the first coming in a 25-24 decision over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 14, 1989.

Eight is Great
Liberty's resounding 54-28 victory over Stony Brook to close out the 2010 season helped secure the fourth-straight eight-win season for the program. The victory helped cap off the best four-year run in program history, giving last year's season class a 34-11 four-year record. Liberty posted 8-3 records in 2007, 2009 and 2010 and a program-best 10-2 record in 2009.

Liberty Flames Fans Ticket Information
Information provided by the Flames Ticket Office

Thank you for purchasing tickets to see your Flames take on N.C. State in Raleigh, on Sept. 3. Liberty officially sold out of its ticket allotment last week, which will make for the largest Flames crowd at a road game in program history!

Please read the important information below as it will help to make your trip to Raleigh as hassle-free as possible, allowing you more time to spend tailgating and enjoying the sights and sounds of game day. The information below includes information on ticket pick up, Flames Club pre-game meal as well as an important development on parking at the game.

TICKET PICK UP AT LIBERTY:
Fans who purchased tickets through the Liberty University Ticket Office can begin picking those up at the Vines Center Ticket Office beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31st. Valid photo identification is required.  Tickets will be available for pick up 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Friday, August 2nd. 

TICKET PICK UP AT NC STATE - IF YOU PURCHASED A PREGAME MEAL:
Fans who purchased a pregame meal at the Flames Club tent can pick up their tickets upon their arrival at the meal starting at 4 p.m.  Please have valid photo identification as this is required for entrance to the pregame meal as well as ticket pick up.  Please see the attached map for more information on the location of the Flames Club pre-game meal to help save time and avoid confusion on game day.

TICKET PICK UP AT NC STATE - IF YOU PURCHASED TICKETS ONLY:
Fans who did NOT purchase meal tickets, can pick up their game tickets at Gate 5 at Carter-Finley Stadium beginning at 4 p.m..  Just look for signage regarding visiting team ticket pick up.  Please see the attached map for more information on the location of the gates to help save time and avoid confusion on game day.

PARKING INFORMATION:
In an effort to make your experience at this Saturday's game as hassle-free and as fun as possible, the Liberty University Athletic Department has acquired a limited number of parking spaces located at a business center near Carter-Finley stadium.  The lot is located at 5404 Wade Park Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27607 and is the closest parking area to both the Liberty Pre-Game Tailgate Tent Event as well as our Liberty Fan Seating Area in the football stadium that does not require an NC State-issued parking pass.  Parking passes for the Liberty Parking Lot are just $10 per vehicle and can be purchased online by clicking here. Because this parking area is in a business center and includes a parking deck, no tailgating is allowed in the lot, and more specifically, no charcoal or gas grills are allowed on the property. Please see the attached map of the area, including the reserved parking area, pregame meal and stadium seating areas. Eliminate one of your game day worries and purchase your parking pass today!  Once you purchase your parking pass, it can be picked up at the Vines Center Ticket Office during normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday or upon arrival at the facility.  The lot will open at 1 p.m.  Please see the attached map for information on the location of the parking lot in relation to the Flames Club pre-game meal and gates to help save time and avoid confusion on game day.
**If you purchase a parking pass and are unable to pick it up in Lynchburg by Friday, the parking attendant will have your parking pass at the lot entrance on game day. The pass will only be released to the person who purchased the pass, so if you need to change that information, please contact the ticket office. Photo ID will be required to claim your parking pass. **

ROAD TO RALEIGH CARAVAN:
We would like to encourage all fans traveling from Lynchburg and surrounding areas to join us for our "Road to Raleigh" event.  The caravan, which leaves from Doc's Diner at 1 p.m. on Saturday, will head down to Raleigh as a group and arrive with plenty of time to enjoy the pre-game festivities.  If you can fill your car with four or more people, you will receive a FREE gift bag including a car flag, pom poms, four red Liberty t-shirts, a game day music and highlight CD as well as a few other surprises.  For more information, or to sign up, please email Rachael Branscome at rmbranscome@liberty.edu by August 31st.

FLY THOSE CAR FLAGS!
No matter how you get to Raleigh, please make sure to fly your Liberty Flames Car Flag. We are headed to ACC country, where car flags are big, so let's make a big statement as we enter the Raleigh area and let them know that the Liberty Flames are in town! Don't have a car flag? Visit the Liberty University Bookstore and buy one today...or sign up for the "Road to Raleigh" and get one Free!

WEAR RED … don't believe the rumors you may be hearing, Liberty fans should wear Red - N.C. State will be giving out White Howl Towels at the stadium entrances to their fans, but Liberty will be providing a limited number of Red, White, & Blue pom poms to our fans, so don't worry, we won't blend in with their crowd. Liberty fans should still wear your same Liberty Red!