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Kentucky Wesleyan Revisited: News and Notes
After dropping consecutive three-point games to a pair of Top 25 FCS ranked programs, Liberty got itself back on track in its final game before Big South play opens, Saturday night, inside of Williams Stadium.
The Flames took advantage of some early special teams miscues by Kentucky Wesleyan en route to a 57-0 victory over the visiting Panthers to record Liberty's seventh shutout during the last six seasons.
Included with today's news and notes is the Flames Sports Network's radio postgame interview with head football coach Danny Rocco, plus a radio recap and highlights.
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.
News and Notes from the Kentucky Wesleyan game:
• Liberty's victory over Kentucky Wesleyan was the 200th since the program started playing football in 1973.
• Liberty's all-time football record is now 200-200-4.
• The Flames secured their seventh shutout under head coach Danny Rocco with their victory over Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Head coach Danny Rocco now has more shutout victories than any previous head coach at Liberty (previous record was six by John Cartwright).
• The 57-point victory over the Panthers was the fourth-largest margin of victory in program history.
• The 57-point win over Kentucky Wesleyan was the second highest under head coach Danny Rocco, falling one point short of his 58-point victory over St. Francis (Pa.) inside Williams Stadium on Sept. 29, 2007.
• The 57-point outburst by the Flames marked the ninth time under head coach Danny Rocco the Flames have scored 50 or more points in a game.
• The Flames set a new Big South Conference record by finding the scoreboard against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday night.
• The Flames have now scored at least once in 68-straight games, surpassing the previous record of 67-consecutive games by Coastal Carolina.
• The last time the Flames failed to score at least once in a game was against William & Mary in a 56-0 loss on Sept. 24, 2005.
• The Flames finished the night scoring on their last eight drives of the game and nine out of 12 drives in total.
• The Flames took advantage of some special teams woes by Kentucky Wesleyan during the first half to finish the opening half with an average starting field position of the Panthers' 43-yard line.
• During Liberty's closing run of eight-straight scoring drives to finishing out the game against Kentucky Wesleyan, the Flames managed to score seven touchdowns.
• The Flames finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with a season-high 468 total offensive yards and averaged a season-best 7.3 yards per play.
• Following the Kentucky Wesleyan game, Liberty is now ranked No. 30 nationally in total offense (404.60 total offensive yards per game).
• Liberty has now surpassed the 400-yard mark in total offense three times this season and 35 times under head coach Danny Rocco (out of 61 games – 57.3 percent).
• The Flames finished the game with a season-high 28 first downs, including a season-best 18 rushing first downs.
• Liberty has now finished three out of five games in 2011 with 20 or more first downs and now ranks No. 29 nationally in first down offense (21.00 average first downs per game).
• Liberty finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 18 rushing first downs, marking the third time under head coach Danny Rocco the Flames have accomplished the feat (also against William & Mary in 2006 and St. Francis, Pa., in 2007).
• The Flames finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with a season-high 299 team rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.
• The Flames came into the weekend having rushed for 414 yards and four touchdowns during the first four games of the year.
• Liberty missed posting its fourth 300-yard rushing performance under head coach Danny Rocco by one yard, as the Flames finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 299 rushing yards.
• Liberty finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with five rushing touchdowns, marking the sixth time under head coach Danny Rocco that the Flames have rushed for five or more touchdowns in a game.
• The Flames finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 187 team passing yards, breaking a string of 17-straight games where Liberty has passed for 200 or more yards in a game.
• The last time the Flames failed to surpass 200 passing yards in a game was against VMI in 2009 (Nov. 7).
• Liberty has surpassed the 200-yard passing mark 40 times in 61 games under head coach Danny Rocco (65.6 percent).
• For the fourth-straight game, Liberty failed to win the time of possession battle (26:17 to 33:43) and the Flames now rank No. 91 in the country in average time of possession (28:01).
• For the second time this year, Liberty won the turnover battle, giving the ball away on a fumble, while recovering a fumble and recording an interception.
• Each time the Flames have won the turnover battle in 2011, Liberty has also won the game (one giveaway to three turnovers forced against Robert Morris).
• Liberty finished the game against Kentucky Wesleyan 4-of-8 on third-down conversions and now ranks No. 6 nationally in third-down efficiency (31-of-61/50.82 percent).
• The Flames also managed to pick up a new set of downs on 2-of-3 fourth-down plays and now rank No. 29 nationally in fourth-down efficiency (3-of-5/60.00 percent).
• Liberty limited Kentucky Wesleyan to 74 total offensive yards on Saturday night.
• This marked the second time under head coach Danny Rocco the Flames have held an opponent below 100 total offensive yards in a game (St. Paul's finished with 57 total offensive yards during Rocco's first game at Liberty on Aug. 31, 2006).
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 5 nationally in total defense (allowing 272.80 total offensive yards per game).
• For the 25th time under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty held an opponent below 100 team rushing yards, as Kentucky Wesleyan finished the game with eight rushing yards on 38 carries.
• Liberty is now 23-2 when holding opponents to less than 100 team rushing yards in a game.
• The Flames now rank No. 29 nationally in rushing defense, as Liberty is allowing 116.80 rushing yards per game.
• Liberty held Kentucky Wesleyan to 66 passing yards on Saturday night, marking the ninth time in 61 games under head coach Danny Rocco the Flames have held an opponent to less than 100 passing yards in a game.
• Liberty currently ranks No. 13 nationally in pass defense, allowing 156.00 passing yards per game.
• Liberty has allowed only four passing touchdowns in 2011, which ranks tied for No. 14 nationally in fewest passing touchdowns allowed this season.
• Following Liberty's seventh shutout under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty now ranks No. 25 nationally in scoring defense (20.80 points allowed per game).
• Liberty limited Kentucky Wesleyan to seven first downs on Saturday night and now ranks No. 7 nationally in first down defense (allowing 15.40 first downs per game).
• The Flames picked off their sixth pass of the season against Kentucky Wesleyan and now rank No. 22 nationally in passes intercepted.
• The Flames finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 10 tackles for a loss (28 total yards), marking the most TFLs by Liberty since an 11-TFL effort against Glenville State on Sept. 6, 2008.
• Liberty did manage to keep its sack streak alive against Kentucky Wesleyan (11-straight games) and now ranks No. 35 nationally in sacks (2.40 per game).
• Liberty denied Kentucky Wesleyan from picking up a first down on three different fourth-down plays on Saturday night and now ranks No. 17 nationally in fourth-down defense (2-of-9/22.22 percent).
• Kentucky Wesleyan finished last Saturday night with 13 different drives, with only two total 20 or more total yards.
• Eight of Kentucky Wesleyan's 13 drives were for four or few plays.
• Kentucky Wesleyan's longest drive of the night was a 10-play, 28-yard drive that ended in the Panthers turning the ball over on downs that last time they touched the ball in the fourth quarter.
Mike Brown (R-Sr., QB)
• Mike Brown did not play against Kentucky Wesleyan, marking the first missed game of the redshirt senior's career (38-straight games).
• The Kentucky Wesleyan game also marked the end of Mike Brown's 26-consecutive games started streak (previous game Brown had now started was against Elon on Nov. 22, 2008).
• Mike Brown still currently ranks No. 5 in the country in total offense (325.50 yards per game), No. 10 in points responsible for (16.00 per game) and No. 12 in passing yards per game (270.75).
• Mike Brown continues to be Liberty's top offensive weapon, as the senior currently is responsible for 64.36 percent of Liberty's total offense (1,302 individual yards to Liberty's 2,032 team yards).
Sirchauncey Holloway (Jr., RB)
• Sirchauncey Holloway had a career day, rushing for 126 yards and four touchdowns against Kentucky Wesleyan.
• The performance marked the second time in Sirchauncey's career that the running back has finished a game with 100 rushing yards (140 yards against Savannah State in 2010).
• Sirchauncey Holloway becomes the 26th player in program history to have multiple career 100-rushing yard performances.
• Sirchauncey Holloway finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with a career-high four rushing touchdowns (previous career high was three rushing touchdowns against Presbyterian College in 2010).
• The Kentucky Wesleyan game marked the fourth time in Sirchauncey Holloway's career that the running back has rushed for two or more touchdowns in a game.
• Following his four-touchdown performance, Sirchauncey Holloway now has 21 career rushing touchdowns and needs just six more to crack Liberty's top five career rushing touchdown chart (Kim Raynor finished his career with 27 career rushing touchdowns and ranks No. 5 on Liberty's all-time career listing).
• Sirchauncey Holloway became the first Flame since Eugene Goodman to rush for four touchdowns in a game (Goodman rushed for four touchdowns against VMI on Oct. 4, 2003, with all four coming in the fourth quarter to help Liberty rally for a 31-28 victory over the Keydets).
• Sirchauncey Holloway tied a Big South single-game record with four rushing touchdowns (also accomplished by four other players in league history).
Desmond Rice (Fr., RB)
• Desmond Rice had a career night against Kentucky Wesleyan, finishing the game with a career-high seven rushing attempts for 40 yards.
• Desmond Rice came into the game with four carries for 38 yards in three previous games this season (all stats came during Liberty's victory over Robert Morris).
• Desmond Rice also finished the game with two tackles on special teams and his first career fumble recovery following a bad punt by Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Both special teams tackles were solo stops for Desmond Rice.
Greg Pratt (R-So., RB/WR)
• Greg Pratt finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with his first two rushing attempts of the season, totaling 37 rushing yards.
• In 12 previous games played at Liberty, Greg Pratt had totaled two rushing attempts for 20 yards prior to Saturday night's game.
Korrey Davis (R-Jr., RB)
• Korrey Davis finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with nine rushing attempts for 37 yards.
• Both Korrey Davis' rushing attempts total and yardage total were the fourth-highest single-game total of his career at Liberty.
• Korrey Davis scored Liberty's third touchdown on the game on a one-yard leaping play into the end zone during the second quarter.
• The one-yard run marked the second rushing touchdown of Korrey Davis' Liberty career (also scored against VMI in 2010).
Tyler Brennan (R-Jr., QB)
• Tyler Brennan started his first career game at Liberty against Kentucky Wesleyan (was the 20th game played of his three-year career at Liberty).
• Tyler Brennan finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game 6-of-11 passing for 83 yards and a touchdown.
• Tyler Brennan's passing completions against Kentucky Wesleyan were the third-highest of his career (nine against St. Francis, Pa., and seven against VMI – both in 2010).
• Tyler Brennan's 83 passing yards was the second-high, single-game total of his career (114 yards against St., Francis, Pa., in 2010).
Brian Hudson (R-So., QB)
• Brian Hudson saw his first career game play against Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Brian Hudson finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game 10-of-12 passing for 104 yards and led the Flames to two scoring drives (both passing touchdowns).
Tommy Shaver (R-Sr., TE)
• Tommy Shaver had a career night against Kentucky Wesleyan, as he led the Flames with five receptions for 67 yards.
• Tommy Shaver's previous single-game career high numbers were three receptions for 57 yards against James Madison in 2010.
• Tommy Shaver also caught his second career touchdown on a 16-yard strike from Tyler Brennan (First career touchdown reception was against Gardner-Webb in 2009).
Chris Summers (R-Sr., WR)
• Chris Summers had his 21-game reception streak snapped against Kentucky Wesleyan, as the senior finished the game without a reception.
• The last time Chris Summers finished a game without a single reception came during Liberty's 2008 season finale against Elon (Nov. 22).
• This comes following Chris Summers' career day against No. 15/16 Lehigh, where he finished the previous week with 15 receptions for 205 yards and two touchdowns against the Mountain Hawks.
Julian Poindexter (R-Sr., WR)
• Julian Poindexter had a career night against Kentucky Wesleyan, finishing the game with three receptions for 41 yards.
• Julian Poindexter came into the game with one career reception for eight yards earlier this year against Robert Morris.
• Julian Poindexter also caught his first career touchdown pass, on a 25-yard passing play from Brian Hudson during the fourth quarter.
Brandon Apon (R-So., TE)
• Brandon Apon had a career night against Kentucky Wesleyan, finishing the game with two receptions for 20 yards.
• Brandon Apon came into the game with one career reception for two yards earlier this year against James Madison.
• Brandon Apon also caught his first career touchdown pass, on an eight-yard passing play from Brian Hudson during the fourth quarter.
Mike Larsson (Sr., P)
• Mike Larsson had his string of 10-straight games with a 50-plus yard punt snapped against Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Mike Larsson was only called upon to punt once against Kentucky Wesleyan, pinning the Panthers inside the 20-yard line following a 43-yard punt.
• Mike Larsson has also finished the last 11 games in a row averaging above 40.0 yards per punt.
• Mike Larsson has finished 15 career games averaging above 40.0 yards per punt.
Alex Kacere (R-Fr., K)
• Alex Kacere finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with a career-high nine points (one field goal and six extra points).
• Alex Kacere was 6-of-8 on extra point attempts, having two of his attempts blocked at the line of scrimmage.
• Alex Kacere finished off the closing seconds of the first half with a career-long 42-yard field goal to put the Flames up 31-0 at the break.
Scott Hyland (So., LB)
• Scott Hyland paced Liberty's shutout effort with five tackles against Kentucky Wesleyan.
• Scott Hyland now ranks fifth on the team with 20 tackles on the season.
Asa Chapman (Sr., DL)
• Asa Chapman finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with a season-best four tackles, with all four stops being solo tackles.
• Asa Chapman's four-solo stop effort marked a new career high, surpassing five previous games during which the All-America nose guard finished a game with two solo tackles.
Chris Mayo (So., DB)
• Chris Mayo started his first game of the season and free safety against Kentucky Wesleyan (third start of his Liberty career).
• For the fifth time this season, Chris Mayo finished a game with four or more tackles.
• Chris Mayo has finished the game with three solo stops, marking his second-best solo tackle effort this season.
Greg Schuster (Jr., DL)
• Greg Schuster had his second-best effort of the season against Kentucky Wesleyan, finishing the game with four tackles (two solo, two assisted).
• Greg Schuster finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with his first sack of his Liberty career, a six-yard loss midway through the third quarter.
Toby Onyechi (R-Fr., DL)
• Toby Onyechi finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with the first three tackles of his Liberty career (one solo, two assisted).
Hunter Steward (R-So., DL)
• Hunter Steward finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with the first three tackles of his Liberty career (one solo, two assisted).
• Hunter Steward also finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 1.5 tackles for a loss (five total yards).
Francis Bah (R-So., DL)
• For the first time this season, Francis Bah finished a game without recording a sack, despite recording two solo stops.
• Francis Bah now ranks No. 25 in the country in sacks per game (0.80).