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Old Dominion Revisited: News and Notes

October 6, 2013
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A 27-yard touchdown pass from 2012 Walter Payton Award winner Taylor Heinicke with 28 seconds left in the game allowed Old Dominion to rally for a 21-17 victory over Liberty.

Included with today's news and notes are radio highlights from the contest courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network's radio crew, plus Coach Turner Gill's postgame interview with LFSN radio sideline reporter Nick Pierce.

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 Old Dominion:
• The contest marked the first meeting in the series between the two Commonwealth programs
• Old Dominion fielded its first football team in 2009
• Old Dominion is the third of four first-time opponents on Liberty's 2013 schedule
• Liberty is 1-2 this year against first-time opponents
• The Flames defeated Monmouth, 45-15, in Liberty's first meeting with the future Big South foe
• Liberty lost to No. 23/20 Richmond, 30-21, on Sept. 21 and to Old Dominion, 21-17, in its other two first-time opponent matchups
• The final first-time opponent on Liberty's 2013 schedule is Brevard (Nov. 16)

Final Test Before Big South Play:
• The Old Dominion game marked Liberty's final game before opening Big South play against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 19
• Since starting Big South play in 2002, Liberty has posted a 4-8 record in its final game before the beginning of conference play
• Liberty is 1-5 when its final game before conference play is on the road (lone win was a 31-28 victory over Youngstown State on Sept. 27, 2008)
• Liberty is 3-3 when its final game before conference play is at home
• Before Saturday's setback at Old Dominion, the Flames had won four out of five of their final games before the beginning of Big South play

Team Notes from the Old Dominion game:
• Liberty has lost all three of its road games in 2013, doing so by a combined 20 points (6.67 points per game)
• The Flames were limited to their second-lowest point total of the season with 17 points scored
• Following the game, the Flames now rank No. 31 in the country in scoring offense (34.0 average points per game)
• For the second-straight game and the third time this year, Liberty finished a contest with 400 or more total offensive yards (401 against Old Dominion)
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 2 in the Big South, averaging 383.5 total offensive yards per game
• For the fifth game in a row, Liberty finished a contest with 20 or more first downs (21 against Richmond)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 39 in first down offense with 117 total first downs in 2013 (19.5 first downs per game)
• 13 of Liberty's 21 first downs against Old Dominion came via its passing game
• Liberty has finished three games in 2013 with 10 or more passing first downs (13 vs. Old Dominion, 11 vs. Richmond and 10 vs. Monmouth)
• The Flames were held to their second-lowest rushing total of the season, finishing the Richmond game with 106 total rushing yards (season low is 33 vs. Kent State)
• Liberty failed to record a rushing touchdown against Old Dominion, snapping a streak of four-straight games where the Flames had rushed for a touchdown
• Coming into the Old Dominion game, the Flames had rushed for 15 touchdowns during the prior four games
• The Flames finished the Old Dominion game with a season-high 295 passing yards
• Liberty's 295 passing yards against Old Dominion were the most for the Flames since Liberty threw for 388 yards against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012
• The Flames finished the Old Dominion game with two touchdowns, marking the third time this year Liberty has finished a game with multiple touchdown passes
• The Flames tied a season-high with 23 completed passes against Old Dominion (Liberty also finished the Richmond game with 23 completions)
• For the second game in a row, the Flames finished by committing only three penalties, resulting in 26 penalty yards against Old Dominion
• Following the Old Dominion game, Liberty currently ranks No. 5 in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.17) and No. 13 in fewest penalty yards per game (38.83)
• For the fourth time this year, Liberty won the time of possession battle, finishing the Old Dominion game with a 33:14 to 26:46 TOP edge
• The Flames finished the Old Dominion game 7-of-16 on third-down conversion attempts, marking the team's second-best third-down conversion attempt total this year (season high was 9-of-13 against Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Liberty scored on one of its two trips inside the red zone against Old Dominion (15-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Henderson)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 17 in the country in red zone offense (90.5 percent conversion rate)
• On the year, Liberty has made 21 trips inside its opponent's red zone and has scored on 19 of those drives (13 rushing touchdowns, three passing touchdowns and three field goals)
• For the fourth game in a row, the Flames allowed only one sack
• Liberty has allowed a total of seven sacks in six games in 2013, which ranks No. 28 nationally in fewest sacks allowed
• Liberty held Old Dominion to less than half its season scoring average, as the Monarchs came into the game averaging 49.8 points scored per game
• Old Dominion finished the game with an opponent season-high 27 first downs
• 19 of Old Dominion's 27 first downs came via its passing game, falling one short of Liberty's opponent school record set by UCF in 1993
• The 27 first downs were the most the Flames have allowed an opponent to record since Stony Brook racked up 30 first downs on Nov. 19, 2011
• The Flames limited Old Dominion to 100 total rushing yards
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 25 in the country in rushing defense (allowing 126.0 rushing yards per game)
• Old Dominion is the fourth opponent Liberty has kept from recording a rushing touchdown in 2013
• Liberty has allowed four total rushing touchdowns in six games in 2013, which ranks No. 7 in the country in fewest total rushing touchdowns allowed
• Old Dominion finished the game with an opponent season-high 450 passing yards
• Liberty came into the Old Dominion game having allowed 159.2 passing yards per game
• Old Dominion's 450 passing yards are the most passing yards Liberty has allowed under head coach Turner Gill (previous high was 383 yards by Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012)
• Old Dominion's 450 passing yards marked the first time the Flames have allowed 400 passing yards in a game since Elon threw for 401 yards against Liberty on Sept. 22, 2007
• Old Dominion's 450 passing yards were the most allowed by a Flames team since Hofstra set a Liberty opponent record with 496 passing yards on Nov. 22, 2003
• Old Dominion finished the game with 550 total offensive yards, marking a new Liberty opponent season-high
• Old Dominion's 550 total offensive yards mark the most total offensive yards Liberty has allowed in 17 games under head coach Turner Gill (previous high was 481 yards by Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, 2012)
• The last time the Flames have allowed 500-plus total offensive yards in a game was when Stony Brook finished with 537 total offensive yards on Nov. 19, 2011
• Liberty finished the Old Dominion game with two interceptions (both by Kenny Scott)
• Liberty has finished three out of six games in 2013 with multiple interceptions (2 vs. Old Dominion, 3 vs. Monmouth and 4 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Old Dominion was able to convert on 8-of-16 third-down plays, marking the second-highest opponent third-down conversions this season against Liberty (highest is Kent State, who converted on 9-of-18 third-down plays)
• Liberty stopped Old Dominion on all three of its four-down conversion attempts, including two that were inside the red zone
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 5 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (11.1 percent/1-of-9)
• Old Dominion finished the game 1-of-6 in red zone scoring opportunities
• Liberty's five red zone stops against Old Dominion included two Kenny Scott interceptions, two stops on downs and a forced fumble
• For the second game in a row and the third time this year, Liberty won the turnover battle (Liberty turnovers: 1; Old Dominion turnovers: 4)
• Old Dominion tied a Liberty opponent season high with four turnovers (two passes intercepted and two fumbles lost)
• Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 17 in the country in turnovers gained (13), No. 16 in turnover margin (1.0) and No. 25 in turnovers lost (7)
• Liberty finished the Old Dominion game with a season-high seven punts for 254 yards (36.3 average)
• Liberty's 36.3 punting average was the team's lowest total of the year in games the Flames had multiple punts and was Liberty's worst average since posting 31.8 punting average against Charleston Southern on Nov. 3, 2012
• Old Dominion was able to return a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, marking the first opponent punt return for a touchdown since Montana on Sept. 15, 2012

Quick Player Points against Old Dominion:
• For the first time in five game, Desmond Rice did not record a rushing touchdowns
Josh Woodrum finished the game with 295 passing yards, the third-highest, single-game passing total of his career
Gabe Henderson finished the Old Dominion game with his first career 100-yard receiving game (120 yards)
John Lunsford connected on a career-long 52 yard field goal
John Lunsford's 52-yard field goal tied for the second-longest field goal in program history
Wesley Scott finished the game with a career-high 13 tackles
Wesley Scott's 13 tackles against Old Dominion marked the most by a Flame since Brand Robinson finished the Stony Brook game on Nov. 19, 2011, with 15 tackles
Walt Aikens posted his second double-digit tackle game of the year, finishing the Old Dominion contest with 10 stops
• Kenny Scott became the second Flame this year to finish a game with two interceptions