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Wake Forest Revisited: News and Notes

September 2, 2012
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Sirchauncey Holloway led Liberty's rushing attack and scored his second career receiving touchdown against Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Turner Gill era of Liberty football nearly started with the program's most significant victory. On Saturday night at BB&T Field, Wake Forest finally pulled ahead during the fourth quarter and came up with a critical fourth down stop with less than two minutes remaining to secure a 20-17 victory.

Included with today's news and notes is the Flames Sports Network's radio postgame interview with Gill, 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 Wake Forest Game:

Series Notes:
• The loss drops Liberty to 0-2 against Wake Forest, following a 34-14 loss to the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem in 2006.
• Liberty now is 0-3 all-time against ACC opponents, after opening up last season with a 43-21 setback to N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C.
FBS Opponent Notes:
• Liberty is now 2-15 all-time against Football Bowl Subdivision teams (FBS).
• The Flames held Wake Forest to 20 points on Saturday, marking the fewest points scored by an FBS opponent against Liberty.
• Prior to Saturday, the fewest points Liberty had held an FBS opponent to was 23 points when the Flames upended Ball State, 27-23, in 2010.
• Prior to Saturday, the fewest points the Flames had held and FBS opponent to in a loss was 33 points in a 33-20 loss against West Virginia in 2009.
• The three-point loss to Wake Forest marked Liberty's second smallest margin of defeat to an FBS program, second only to a 35-34 loss at Toledo in 2007.
Season Opening Notes:
• Liberty is now 19-21 all-time in season opening games following the loss to Wake Forest.
• Liberty's road record in season-opening games falls to 2-14 all-time.
• Liberty has now lost back-to-back season-opening games for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
• Head coach Turner Gill became the fifth coach in program history to suffer a loss in his first game as head coach.
Offensive Notes:
• The Flames outgained Wake Forest on the night, finishing with 363 total offensive yards to Wake Forest's 293 total offensive yards.
• Liberty was able to outgain Wake Forest thanks to its passing game, with Liberty's quarterbacks combining to throw for 272 yards to Wake Forest's 195 passing yards.
• Liberty also finished the game with 16 first downs to Wake Forest's 14 first downs.
• Twelve of Liberty's 16 first downs came via the passing game.
• Both Liberty and Wake Forest finished the night with identical third-down conversion rates, with both squads picking up first downs on 7-of-18 third-down plays.
• Liberty was successful in picking up a first down on one of its two fourth-down plays, with the first keeping a drive alive that allowed the Flames to take the lead on their first possession of the second half.
Defensive Notes:
• The Flames limited Wake Forest to 293 total offensive yards, the fewest the Flames have surrendered to an FBS opponent since Toledo in 2007 (226 yards).
• Liberty held Wake Forest below the 100-yard rushing total on Saturday (98 yards), a feat Liberty only accomplished three times during the 2011 season.
• The Flames finished the game with six tackles for a loss of 13 total yards, one more tackle for a loss than Wake Forest ended the evening with (five for a loss of 20 total yards).
Special Teams Notes:
• Wake Forest elected to try to return only one of Liberty's four kickoffs on the night, with two kickoff returns being waved off after a touchdown and the third which sailed out of bounds.

Player Notes:
Brian Hudson (QB/Jr.):

• Career Stats: 34-of-58 (58.6 percent), 408 yards, 4 TDs
Brian Hudson received his first career start under center on Saturday night.
• The contest marked the fourth career game played in Brian Hudson's Liberty career.
• Brian Hudson finished the night completing 20-of-37 pass attempts for 263 yards.
• Brian Hudson became the 18th quarterback in program history to throw for 250 or more yards in a game.
• Brian Hudson accounted for 77.4 percent of the Flames total offensive yards against Wake Forest (281 of the team's 363 total offensive yards).
• Brian Hudson became the 28th player in program history to post 200 or more total offensive yards in a game.
• Brian Hudson matched his career touchdown total against Wake Forest, as he threw for two touchdowns in three games during the 2011 season.
• Brian Hudson more than doubled his career passing yards against Wake Forest, as he came into the contest with 145 career passing yards.
• In three games played last year, Brian Hudson was 14-of-21 for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
• Brian Hudson threw his first career interception, which was returned 39 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Marshall during the third quarter.
• Brian Hudson was Liberty's No. 2 rusher on the night against Wake Forest, carrying the ball 12 times for 18 yards.
• Brian Hudson came into the game with six career rushing attempts for 20 yards.
Josh Woodrum (QB/R-Fr.):
• Career Stats: 1-of-3 (33.3 percent), 9 yards, 0 TDs
Josh Woodrum saw his first time under center at the collegiate level on Saturday evening after redshirting during the 2011 season.
• In two series of action, Josh Woodrum was 1-of-3 and threw for nine yards.
• Josh Woodrum also carried the ball two times for a total of eight rushing yards.
Sirchauncey Holloway (RB/Sr.):
• Career Stats: 232 attempts, 1,246 rushing yards, 21 TDs, 5.0 avg.
Sirchauncey Holloway was Liberty's leading rusher against Wake Forest, carrying the ball 17 times for 53 yards.
• Sirchauncey Holloway matched his career high for rushing attempts, as he also carried the ball 17 times against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2011.
• The contest marked the 11th time in 31 career games that Sirchauncey Holloway finished a game with 10 or more rushing attempts.
• Sirchauncey Holloway also finished the game with three receptions for 32 yards.
• Sirchauncey Holloway caught one of Brian Hudson's two touchdown passes on the day, with Holloway's 14-yard reception giving Liberty a 14-7 lead to start the second half.
• The 14-yard touchdown reception was the second of Sirchauncey Holloway's career at Liberty (first was a one-yard pass from Mike Brown against Charleston Southern in 2010).
Desmond Rice (RB/So.):
• Career Stats: 36 carries, 164 yards, 2 TDs
Desmond Rice finished the Wake Forest game with one rushing attempt for six yards.
• The six-yard carry marked the sixth time in 10 career games played that Desmond Rice has recorded at least one rushing attempt.
D.J. Abnar (RB/Fr.):
• Career Stats: 1 carry, 6 yards, 0 TDs
D.J. Abnar recorded his first collegiate rushing attempt (6 yards) against Wake Forest
• The six-yard carry by the true freshman jumpstarted Liberty's final drive of the game during the fourth quarter.
Pat Kelly (WR/Sr.):
• Career Stats: 88 receptions, 1,303 yards, 7 TDs
Pat Kelly led seven different Liberty receivers against Wake Forest, finishing the game with six receptions for 53 yards.
• The 53-yard game marked the seventh-straight contest Pat Kelly has finished a game with 50 or more receiving yards.
• Pat Kelly has now finished 13 career games (out of 31 career games played) with 50 or more receiving yards.
• Pat Kelly finished eight of the nine games he played in 2011 with 50 or more receiving yards.
• Pat Kelly six-reception effort was the fifth of his career where he had six or more receptions in a game.
Elliott Dutra (WR/Sr.):
• Career Stats: 4 receptions, 64 yards, 1 TDs
Elliott Dutra's first career collegiate reception was a 37-yard touchdown pass from Brian Hudson, giving the Flames an early 7-0 lead against Wake Forest in the first quarter.
• Elliott Dutra finished the game as Liberty's leading receiver with his 64 total receiving yards.
• Elliott Dutra spent his previous two seasons at Liberty as a reserve fullback
Justin Gunn (TE/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 4 receptions, 72 yards, 0 TDs
Justin Gunn had a career night, finishing the game against Wake Forest with three receptions for 66 yards.
• Justin Gunn came into the game having played in 30 career games and had only one career reception to his credit (for six yards).
• Justin Gunn's most impressive reception of the night came on Liberty's first drive of the second half, when the tight end broke several tackles for a 47-yard reception.
• Justin Gunn's 47-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest reception by a Liberty tight end since a 66-yard reception by Chris Luck against Presbyterian College on Oct. 27, 2007.
• Justin Gunn nearly kept the game alive for the Flames when the tight end attempted to catch a pass on a fourth-and-nine play with under 90 seconds left, but the ball was dislodged when he hit the ground after pulling the ball down with his outstretched hands.
Grant Bowden (P/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 7 punts, 285 yards, 40.7 avg., 52 long
• In his first game with the Flames since transferring from Virginia Tech, Grant Bowden averaged 40.7 yards per punt attempt.
• Grant Bowden finished the night with seven punts for 285 yards.
• Grant Bowden's long punt of the night was a 52 yard punt, his first in a Liberty uniform during the first quarter.
John Lunsford (K/Fr.):
• Career Stats: 1-2 FG-FGA (50.0 percent); 2-2 PAT; 5 career points
• Both of John Lunsford's field goal attempts during his first collegiate game matched his jersey number, as the rookie attempted a pair of 49-yard field goals against Wake Forest.
• John Lunsford missed his first 49-yard field goal attempt, which just sailed to the right on the final play of the first half.
• John Lunsford connected on his first collegiate field goal of 49 yards with 9:39 left to play in the fourth quarter, pulling the Flames with three points, 20-17.
• John Lunsford had four kickoffs in the game, averaging 62.0 yards per kickoff.
• Two of John Lunsford's kickoffs sailed into the end zone for a touchback and one went out of bounds.
Walt Aikens (DB/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 55 tackles (36 solo, 19 asst.), 3 INTs, 4 FF
Walt Aikens tied for the team lead with six tackles against Wake Forest, including a team-high five solo stops.
• Walt Aikens five solo tackles against Wake Forest tied a career high for him, as he also finished with five solo stops against VMI and Charleston Southern in 2011.
• Walt Aikens forced a fumble on the first play of the game, the opening kickoff, which was recovered by Wake Forest.
• Walt Aikens now has four career forced fumbles and needs just one more to tackle Liberty's Top 10 career forced fumbles list.
Francis Bah (DL/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 52 tackles (30 solo, 22 asst.), 12.5 TFLs, 4.0 sacks, 2 FF
Francis Bah tied for the team lead with six tackles against Wake Forest, finishing the night with four solo and two assisted stops.
• The six-tackle effort was the second most of Francis Bah's career, ranking only behind his eight-stop game against Coastal Carolina in 2011.
• Francis Bah also recorded one of Liberty's six tackles for a loss against Wake Forest, giving the junior 12.5 TFLs to his career credit.
• Francis Bah's 12.5 career tackles for a loss leads all of Liberty's active defenders, with Scott Hyland ranking second on the active list with 7.0 career TFLs.
Kevin Fogg (DB/Sr.):
• Career Stats: 93 tackles (69 solo, 24 asst.), 5 INTs, 8 PBU, 3 FR, 2 FF
Kevin Fogg started his first career game at Liberty against Wake Forest, following 32 career games played as a reserve defender.
• Kevin Fogg finished the Wake Forest game with five tackles, including four solo stops.
• Kevin Fogg's five-stop effort against Wake Forest gives him 93 career stops, leaving him seven tackles away from becoming the third member of Liberty's active roster with 100- career tackles (Brent Vinson – 105; Chris Mayo – 102).
Kenny Scott (DB/So.):
• Career Stats: 10 tackles (8 solo, 2 asst.), 1 PBA
Kenny Scott finished the Wake Forest game with a career-high four tackles, besting a pair of two-tackle efforts in 2011 (Kentucky Wesleyan and Coastal Carolina).
• All four of Kenny Scott's tackles were solo stops, marking a new career high for solo stops in a game (previous high was two against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2011).
• Kenny Scott led the Flames with two tackles for a loss of two yards, giving him his first career negative yardage stops.
Jacob Hagen (DB/So.):
• Career Stats: 34 tackles (23 solo, 11 asst.), 4 PBU
• For the second game in a row, Jacob Hagen finished a game with four solo tackles.
• Jacob Hagen also closed out the 2011 season with a four solo tackle effort against Stony Book.
• Jacob Hagen narrowly missed tying a career high for solo stops in a game, as his career-best effort was five solo stops against Gardner-Webb in 2011.
Cory Freeman (DL/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 44 tackles (19 solo, 25 asst.), 5 PBU, 4.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks
Cory Freeman recorded Liberty's first sack of the season, stopping Wake Forest's quarterback Tanner Price for a three-yard loss during the second quarter.
• Cory Freeman also finished the game with three tackles, including two solo stops.
Marques Jenkins (LB/Sr.):
• Career Stats: 16 tackles (10 solo, 6 asst.), 3.0 TFLs, 1 INT
Marques Jenkins recorded his first career interception and returned the picked off pass two yards near midfield during the opening seconds of the second quarter.
• Marques Jenkins finished the game against Wake Forest with three tackles (two solo, one asst.), marking his second most productive game at Liberty.
• Marques Jenkins' career high was a five-stop effort against Charleston Southern in 2011 (two solo, three asst.)
Toby Onyechi (DL/Jr.):
• Career Stats: 7 tackles (2 solo, 5 asst.)
Toby Onyechi tied a career high with three tackles against Wake Forest, with all three stops coming as assisted tackles.
• Toby Onyechi's previous career high was a three-stop effort against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2011 (1 solo, 2 asst.)
• Toby Onyechi also had a special teams impact when he stopped a two-point conversion attempt by Wake Forest with an intercepted pass just before the goal line.