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Flames Set to Host Six Opponents at Williams Stadium as Liberty Announces 2007 Slate
Fresh off a successful 2006 campaign, the Liberty University football program has announced its 2007 schedule, featuring six home games and another Football Bowl Series (FBS) opponent.
Last year, Liberty posted the best win-loss improvement in the nation as the Flames posted a 6-5 record after finishing 2005 with a 1-10 mark. First-year head coach Danny Rocco was honored as Big South Coach of the Year with 14 players being named to the Big South all-conference teams, the most all-conference selections by any team in the league.
"I am very excited about our 2007 schedule and the challenges that await us in facing these opponents," stated Rocco. "The schedule features six home games and five road contests. I think it is paramount to the success of our program to continue to have at least six home games as we look to build support for this program both on campus and in the local community."
The Flames open the year with a pair of home contests as they host Tusculum (Sept. 1) and Shippensburg (Sept. 8) at Williams Stadium.
Liberty takes to the road for four of its next five games, starting with a trip across the Commonwealth to continue its series with William & Mary (Sept. 15). The following weekend, the Flames travel to North Carolina to take on former Big South foe Elon (Sept. 22).
Liberty closes out the month of September with a home game against St. Francis (Pa.) on the 29th, followed by a road game at Toledo on Oct. 6.
The contest will mark the second time the Flames and the Rockets have squared off on the gridiron as Liberty and Toledo also met on Sept. 9, 2003, with the Rockets taking at 49-3 decision. This also marks the ninth-straight year that Liberty has faced a FBS (formerly I-A) opponent.
After a bye week on Oct. 13, the Flames begin Big South Conference play with a road contest at Charleston Southern (Oct. 20).
The Flames return to the friendly confines of Williams Stadium for their next three games, starting with future Big South foe Presbyterian on Oct. 27. Liberty returns to league play by closing out its final homestand of the year as they host Coastal Carolina (Nov. 3) and VMI (Nov. 11), before finishing off the 2007 campaign with a road game at Gardner-Webb (Nov. 17).
The Flames will begin preparation for the 2007 season on March 23 when they start their spring practice session, culminating with the Annual Spring Football Game on April 21 at 1 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
2007 Liberty University Football Schedule
Sept. 1 Tusculum
Sept. 8 Shippensburg
Sept. 15 at William & Mary
Sept. 22 at Elon
Sept. 29 St. Francis (Pa.)
Oct. 6 at Toledo
Oct. 13 Open Week
Oct. 20 at Charleston Southern *
Oct. 27 Presbyterian (Homecoming Game)
Nov. 3 Coastal Carolina *
Nov. 10 VMI *
Nov. 17 at Gardner-Webb *
* - Big South Conference game