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Brevard College Revisited: News and Notes

November 17, 2013
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Shane Blanchard scored his first six career points against Brevard, kicking six extra points.

Liberty closed out the regular season portion of its 2013 home schedule with a 59-21 victory over Brevard College, Saturday afternoon, at Williams Stadium.

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 Brevard:
• Following the win, Liberty leads the series, 1-0
• Brevard was the fourth first-time opponent on the Flames' 2013 schedule
• Liberty posted a 2-2 record against first-time opponents this year
• Liberty defeated Monmouth (45-15) and Brevard (59-21) at home
• Liberty lost to Richmond (21-30) and Old Dominion (17-21) on the road

Senior Day Salute:
• On Saturday, Liberty honored the 18 members of its 2013 senior class who played in their final regular season home game
• This year's senior class has posted a 28-16 record during their four-year careers at Liberty, which ranks fifth in program history for most overall victories by a senior class
• This year's senior class has posted an 18-4 record in Big South play during their four-year careers
• This year's senior class has won two Big South titles (2010 and 2012) and will play for their third conference championship on Saturday when they face Charleston Southern on the road
• This year's senior class members include: Walt Aikens, Aldreakis Allen, Brandon Apon, Francis Bah, Sorie Bayoh, Grant Bowden, Malcolm Boyd, Aaron Dial, Jibrille Fewell, Kevin Fogg, Cory Freeman, Peter Gagliardi, Scott Hyland, Michael Johnson, Chris Mayo, Greg Pratt, Hunter Steward and Richard Wright
• Liberty has now won eight straight Senior Day contests (last loss in its final regular season home game of the year took place on Oct. 22, 2005, when Liberty lost 27-21 at No. 14 Coastal Carolina)

Attendance Notes:
• Saturday's game was played in front of 7,554 fans, the smallest crowd for a Flames' home game in 2013
• Despite the lower attendance figure, the contest marked an important date in program history as the Brevard attendance figure helped the Flames surpass 100,000 in total home attendance for the first time ever
• Liberty finished the year with 105,215 in total home attendance
• Liberty's previous home attendance record was 98,515 set in 2011 (six home games)
• Following the Brevard game, Liberty ranks No. 4 in the country in total home attendance (105,215) and No. 10 in average home attendance (15,031)
• Liberty is one of five FCS teams in the country with a cumulative home attendance figure over 100,000 in 2013 (also Montana – 153,315; James Madison – 147,076; Delaware – 126,754 and Southern – 100,536)

Noting November:
• The Flames won their third game in the month of November on Saturday with a 59-21 victory over Brevard
• The game against Brevard is the third of four games this year for the Flames during November
• Since the 2006 season, Liberty has posted a 20-4 record in the 11th month of the year
• Since the 2003 season, Liberty has posted a 26-7 record in the 11th month of the year
• Liberty was 3-0 last year in the month of November during its first season under head coach Turner Gill (W/ 26-12 vs. Charleston Southern; W/ 28-14 vs. No. 6 Stony Brook; W/ 33-14 at VMI)
• Liberty is now a perfect 6-0 in games played under head coach Turner Gill during November
• During the last 10 seasons, Liberty has posted a perfect record in November five times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2012)
• During the 2003 season, Liberty finished the month of November with a 4-0 record, marking the only time Liberty has won four games in the 11th month of the year in program history

What the Brevard Win Meant to Liberty:
• Liberty captured it sixth home victory of the year, accounting for the third time in program history Liberty has won six home games in a season (also in 2007/6-0 and 2008/6-1)
• Liberty guaranteed itself a winning record for the eighth straight season
• Liberty has posted a winning record (better than .500) 21 times in program history (1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
• Liberty captured its seventh victory, marking the 15th time in program history the Flames have posted seven or more victories in a season
• Liberty claimed its fourth straight victory, marking the first four-game winning streak for the Flames under head coach Turner Gill (Liberty won three games in a row twice during the 2012 season)

Team Notes vs. Brevard:
• Liberty scored 50 or more points in a game for the third time this year and the fourth time in two seasons under head coach Turner Gill
• Following the game, Liberty is averaging 35.5 points per game this year, which ranks No. 21 in the country in scoring offense
• The Brevard game was Liberty's quickest game of the year, lasting two hours and 43 minutes
• The Flames were very efficient during the game, scoring on their first nine drives of the game (eight touchdowns and one field goal)
• The only drive on which Liberty did not score against Brevard was its last when the game ended and Liberty had the ball at the Brevard 43-yard line
• Liberty converted on all seven of its red zone scoring opportunities against Brevard and now ranks No. 10 in the country in red zone offense (89.1 percent)
• Liberty has scored on 41-of-46 drives that have entered their opponent's red zone in 2013 (27 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns and six field goals)
• The Flames finished the game with a season-high 32 first downs (previous season best was 30 against Coastal Carolina)
• Liberty's 32 first downs against Brevard was two shy of the program record (34) set against Hampton in 1980
• Liberty currently ranks No. 38 in the country first down offense, averaging 21.3 first downs per game
• Liberty finished the Brevard game with a season-high 17 rushing first downs (previous season-high was 15 against Presbyterian College)
• Liberty has recorded 32 rushing first downs the last two games (15 vs. Presbyterian College and 17 vs. Brevard)
• Prior to the PC game, Liberty was averaging 8.0 rushing first downs per game (72 during the first nine games of the year)
• Liberty finished the game with 15 passing first downs, marking the sixth time this year the Flames have finished a game with 10 or more passing first downs
• The Flames finished the game with 288 rushing yards, marking the fifth time in 2013 Liberty has rushed for 200 or more yards in a game
• Liberty's 288 rushing yards against Brevard allowed the Flames to surpass the 2,000 yard rushing mark on the year (2,027)
• 2013 marks the first time Liberty has rushed for 2,000 yards in a season since 2008 (2,562 yards)
• Since starting Big South play in 2002, Liberty has recorded seven seasons where they have rushed for 2,000 or more yards (2002 – 2,019; 2003 – 2,614 [Program Record]; 2004 – 2,334; 2006 – 2,035; 2007 – 2,375; 2008 – 2,562; 2013 – 2,027)
• Following the game, Liberty is averaging 184.3 rushing yards per game (ranks No. 41 in the country)
• Liberty finished the game averaging a season-best 7.4 yards per carry against Brevard (39 carries for 288 rushing yards)
• Liberty tied a season high with five rushing touchdowns (also had five rushing touchdowns against Morgan State and Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Following the game, Liberty had 31 rushing touchdowns on the year
• Liberty's 31 rushing touchdowns in 2013 is one shy of the program's record (32) set in 2007
• Liberty is one of 14 FCS teams in the country with 30 or more rushing touchdowns in 2013
• The Flames currently rank No. 11 in the country with 31 rushing touchdowns
• The Flames finished the game with exactly 300 passing yards, the team's second highest passing total of the season (season high was 382 passing yards against Coastal Carolina)
• Liberty's quarterbacks Josh Woodrum (14-of-19) and Javan Shashaty (5-of-6) completed 76.0 percent of their pass attempts during the game (19-of-25)
• Liberty has finished four games in 2013 completing 70 or more percent of its passing attempts (Monmouth 72.7 percent/16-of-22; Coastal Carolina 70.7 percent/29-of-41; Presbyterian College 76.5 percent/13-of-17; Brevard 76.0 percent/19-of-25)
• The Flames have completed 76.2 percent of their passing attempts in the last two games (combined 32-of-42)
• Liberty averaged 12.0 yards per passing play against Brevard, marking the third time in 2013 the Flames have averaged 10 or more yards per passing play in a game
• The Flames finished the Brevard game with 588 total offensive yards, their second highest total of the season (season high was 615 yards against Coastal Carolina)
• On the season, Liberty ranks second in the Big South and No. 40 in the country, averaging 418.4 total offensive yards per game
• Liberty converted on 5-of-6 third-down plays against Brevard
• Following the game, Liberty ranks second in the Big South and No. 17 in the country in third-down conversion rate (45.6 percent – 62-of-136)
• For the sixth time this season, Liberty finished a game without attempting to convert on a fourth-down play
• Liberty ranks No. 15 in the country in fourth-down conversion rate (66.7 percent – 6-of-9)
• For the seventh game in a row and the ninth time this year, Liberty won the time of possession battle (31:54 to 28:06)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks third in the Big South and No. 32 in the country in average time of possession (31:28)
• For the second week in a row, the Flames set a new season high, finishing the Brevard game with eight  penalties for 85 yards
• Liberty's previous high was seven penalties against Presbyterian College and 60 penalty yards against Richmond
• During the first eight games of the year, Liberty averaged 4.2 penalties per game for an average of 36.5 penalty yards per game
• During the last three games, Liberty has averaged 7.0 penalties per game for an average of 58.0 penalty yards per game
• Five of Liberty's eight penalties against Brevard were called on its defensive unit (Offside, illegal block, substitution infraction and two personal fouls)
• Liberty had one offensive penalty (holding by Ethan Callison) and two special teams penalties (personal foul by D.J. Abnar and holding by Dexter Robbins)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 22 in the country in penalties per game (4.91) and No. 17 in penalty yards per game (42.36)
• For the sixth time this year, Liberty won the turnover battle, finishing the game without a turnover to Brevard's two giveaways (one fumble lost and one interception)
• For the second time this year, Liberty finished a game without a turnover (also finished the Kent State game without a turnover)
• Liberty has won or tied the turnover battle in 10 out of 11 games this year (lost the turnover battle against Richmond)
• Liberty is +11 in the turnover battle this year and ranks No. 7 in the country in turnover margin (1.0)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 28 in turnovers gained (22 – seven fumble recoveries and 15 interceptions)
• Liberty ranks No. 5 in turnovers lost (11 – four fumbles lost and seven passes intercepted)
• Liberty's offensive line allowed one sack, marking the ninth time in 11 games this year the Flames have finished a game with one sack or less
• Liberty has allowed 13 sacks in 2013 and ranks No. 20 in the country in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.18)
• The Flames allowed 21 points in the game, the most scored against Liberty in four games and tied for third-highest point total by an opponent this season
• Following the game, Liberty ranks first in the Big South and No. 7 in the country in scoring defense (17.9 points allowed per game)
• Liberty limited Brevard to 12 first downs, the second lowest total by a Flames opponent in 2013
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 21 in the country in first down defense (17.1 first downs allowed per game)
• Brevard finished the game with 284 total offensive yards, marking the seventh opponent the Flames have held under 300 total offensive yards in a game
• Liberty currently ranks second in the Big South and No. 13 in the country in total defense (allowing 319.8 total offensive yards per game)
• 253 of Brevard's 284 yards came via its rushing attack (89.1 percent)
• Brevard's 253 rushing yards are the most by a Liberty opponent this year and most allowed by the Flames in two seasons under head coach Turner Gill
• Brevard's 253 rushing yards were the most allowed by the Flames since Liberty allowed Stony Brook to rush for 287 yards on Nov. 19, 2011
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 25 in the country in rushing defense (130.4 rushing yards allowed per game)
• Brevard finished the game with two rushing touchdowns, becoming the third Liberty opponent in 2013 to finish a game with multiple rushing touchdowns
• The Flames have now surrendered 11 rushing touchdowns in 2013, which ranks No. 20 in the country in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed
• One of Brevard's two rushing touchdowns was a 75-yard scoring run, marking the longest rushing touchdown of the season by a Liberty opponent
• Brevard finished the game with 31 passing yards, completing 2-of-3 passing attempts, including a 27-yard touchdown pass
• Brevard's 31 passing yards marks the second time this year the Flames have held an opponent to less than 100 passing yards in a game (28 vs. Morgan State)
• Brevard is the seventh opponent in 2013 Liberty has held to one or fewer passing touchdowns in a game
• Liberty finished the Brevard game with one interception, marking the seventh time this year Liberty has intercepted a pass in a game
• Liberty has 15 interceptions in 2013, which ranks No. 13 in the country in total interceptions
• For the second week in a row, Liberty limited an opponent to 3-of-11 on third-down conversion attempts
• On the season, Liberty currently ranks third in the Big South and No. 21 in the country in third-down conversion defense (34.5 percent/51-of-148)
• Brevard successfully picked up a first down on both of its fourth-down conversion attempts
• Liberty's opponents are 4-of-5 on fourth-down conversion attempts over the last two games
• On the year, Liberty ranks third in the Big South and No. 40 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (42.9 percent/9-of-21)
• For just the second time this season, Liberty finished a game without a sack (also against Kent State)
• Liberty currently ranks third in the Big South on the year with 23 sacks
• Brevard scored on one of two red zone scoring opportunities during the game
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 3 in the country in red zone scoring defense (65.5 percent/19-of-29)
• The Flames finished the game with seven tackles for a loss, marking the fifth time this year Liberty has finished a game with seven or more tackles for a loss
• Brevard finished the game with a combined 166 return yards (all kickoff return yards), marking a new opponent season high (previous high was 152 return yards by Kentucky Wesleyan)
• For the first time this season, Liberty finished a game without attempting a punt
• The last time the Flames finished a game without attempting a punt was in a 73-34 victory over VMI on Nov. 10, 2007
• Brevard finished the game averaging 30.3 yards per punt, the lowest single-game punting average by an opponent this season
• For the second time this season, Liberty allowed an opponent to finish a game with 100 or more kickoff return yards (166 vs. Brevard and 134 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan)
• Brevard finished the game averaging 20.75 yards per kickoff return (eight returns for 166 yards)
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 11 in the country in kickoff return defense, allowing opponents to average 17.2 yards per kickoff return

Player Points vs. Brevard:
Desmond Rice and Clifton Richardson led the Flames against Brevard, each finishing the contest with 10 carries
• Four different players scored Liberty's five rushing touchdowns
• Desmond Rice posted his fourth multiple rushing touchdown game of the year, finishing the Brevard contest with two rushing touchdowns
• Desmond Rice has 14 rushing touchdowns on the year, the most by a Flames since Rashad Jennings set a school record with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2008
• Clifton Richardson led Liberty in rushing with 82 rushing yards
• Clifton Richardson's 82 rushing yards against Brevard marked his second best performance this year (he rushed 14 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns against Morgan State)
• Clifton Richardson had a 19-yard run against Brevard, his longest carry of the season
Austin Kaigler finished the game with five carries for 73 yards and his third touchdown of the year
• Austin Kaigler's 73 rushing yards against Brevard marks a new career high, besting his 54 yards against Kentucky Wesleyan earlier this year
• Austin Kaigler's five rushing attempts against Brevard marked his second highest total of the year (finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game with 15 rushing attempts)
• Both D.J. Abnar and Clifton Richardson scored their fifth rushing touchdowns of the year
• D.J. Abnar finished the game with eight carries, marking the sixth time in 11 games this season he has carried the ball eight or more times
• Josh Woodrum finished the game 14-of-19 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, all coming during the first half of the contest
• Josh Woodrum completed 73.7 percent of his pass attempts (14-of-19), marking the third time this year he has completed 70 or more percent of his pass attempts in a game (70.7 percent against Coastal Carolina/29-of-41; 76.5 percent against Presbyterian College/13-of-17)
• Josh Woodrum tied a season high with three passing touchdowns (also had three against Coastal Carolina)
• The Brevard game marked the fifth time this season Josh Woodrum has thrown for more than one touchdown in a game
• For the second game in a row and the fourth time this season, Josh Woodrum finished a game without throwing an interception
• Josh Woodrum's 247 passing yards marks the fifth time this year has thrown for 200 or more yards in a game
• Javan Shashaty finished the game 5-of-6 for 53 yards
• Javan Shashaty's performance against Brevard is the second best performance of his career (finished the Kentucky Wesleyan game 7-of-8 for 107 yards and a touchdown)
• 11 different players finished the game with one or more receptions
Darrin Peterson led Liberty, finishing the game with five receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown
• Darrin Peterson's 28-yard touchdown pass from Josh Woodrum was his seventh touchdown reception of the year, which ranks second in the Big South
Gabe Henderson finished the game with three receptions for 55 yards
Branden Francis had his first multiple reception game of the year, finishing the contest with two catches for 30 yards
• Michael Johnson recorded his first career touchdown reception with 28-yard pass from Josh Woodrum
• Michael Johnson's 28-yard touchdown reception was his second career reception (also had a 17-yard reception against Presbyterian College on Oct. 13, 2012)
Dexter Herman recorded his first career touchdown reception with 25-yard pass from Josh Woodrum
• For the first time since transferring to Liberty last year from Virginia Tech, Grant Bowden finished a game without recording a punt
John Lunsford connected on a 37-yard field goal during the third quarter after missing the first half of play following a violation of team rules
Shane Blanchard received his first career start in the game and was successful on all six of his extra point attempts
• Shane Blanchard finished the game with a career best seven kickoffs for 415 yards (59.3 average)
• Shane Blanchard's six extra points against Brevard marked the first points of his career at Liberty
• Kevin Fogg finished the game with a 32-yard kickoff return, his second 30-yard kickoff return of the year
Chima Uzowihe led the Flames with six stops, tying a season high (also finished the Kent State game with six stops)
• Chima Uzowihe recorded a season-best five solo tackles
• Chima Uzowihe was one of seven players to finish the game with a tackle for a loss
• Chima Uzowihe has finished seven of the last eight games with one or more tackles for a loss
Jimmy O'Grady recorded a career-high five solo tackles
• Jimmy O'Grady came into the Brevard game with nine solo tackles during the first 10 games of the year
• For the third game in a row, Scott Hyland finished a contest with five tackles, recording two solo and three assisted stops against Brevard
• Scott Hyland recorded his fifth tackle for a loss on the year against Brevard and he now has 16.5 career tackles for a loss
• For the third game in a row, Jacob Hagen recorded an interception
• Jacob Hagen has four interceptions on the year which is tied for the Big South lead with Gardner-Webb's Keon Williams
• Jacob Hagen currently ranks No. 20 in the country in interceptions per game (0.4)
• Jacob Hagen's four interceptions on the year is the most by a Flame since Danny Broggin finished the 2010 season with four interceptions
• All three of Nick Sigmon's tackles against Brevard were solo tackles
• On the year, Nick Sigmon ranks fourth on Liberty's roster with 28 solo tackles
• Nick Sigmon finished the game with one tackle for a loss and leads the team on the year with 10.5 tackles for a loss
• Nick Sigmon's tackle for a loss against Brevard gives him 29.0 tackles for a loss for his career
• Nick Sigmon recorded the first fumble recovery of his career against Brevard
• Kevin Fogg finished the game with 1.5 tackles for a loss, marking a new season high
JaRon Greene tied a season high with three tackles (also had three stops against Kentucky Wesleyan)
Erwin Dessources recorded his sixth tackle for a loss on the year and now ranks third on the team in tackles for a loss in 2013