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Liberty Releases 2014 Football Schedule
Liberty's 2014 football schedule features an even split of six home and six road contests and is spotlighted by a pair of FBS opponents.
The last time the Flames faced two FBS opponents in the same season was 2003, when Liberty traveled to the "Buckeye State" on back-to-back weekends to square off against Toledo and Bowling Green.
The Flames open up their fourth-straight football schedule on the road against a FBS opponent, facing North Carolina on Aug. 30. The 2014 opener marks the first-ever meeting between the Flames and the Tar Heels on the gridiron and will be played at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Liberty also kicks off a football season against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the third time over a four-year span (2011 – N.C. State; 2012 – Wake Forest; 2014 – North Carolina).
During the second week of October, Liberty returns to the state of North Carolina, traveling into the Blue Ridge Mountains to face Appalachian State on Oct. 11 in Liberty's final tune-up before conference play. The contest against one of the Sun Belt Conference's newest members is Liberty's 10th against Appalachian State and the first since 2002.
The Tar Heels and the Mountaineers bookend Liberty's 2014 non-conference schedule and will prepare the Flames for their attempt to claim a seventh Big South title in the last eight years.
Liberty remains on the road following its season opener at North Carolina, traveling across the Commonwealth to face Norfolk State on Sept. 6. Liberty is 3-2 all-time in the series against the Spartans. The Flames will try to avenge a 31-24 setback to No. 24 Norfolk State on Sept. 8, 2012, Liberty's first home game under head coach Turner Gill.
Three out of Liberty's next four non-conference games take place inside the confines of Williams Stadium, a place the Flames have posted a 40-8 record since 2006.
Liberty opens its 2014 home slate against the same team it faced in its last home game of 2013. The Flames host Brevard on Sept. 13 in their second meeting in the series against the Tornados.
The Flames welcome their first of two-straight newcomers to their schedule the following weekend. Liberty hosts Northeast Conference member Bryant on Sept. 20, during Hall of Fame Weekend on Liberty Mountain.
The Flames close out the month of September on the road in their first-ever matchup against Indiana State. The Sept. 27 contest in Terre Haute, Ind., pits the Flames against a team from the FCS powerhouse Missouri Valley Conference, home of three-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State.
Liberty's final home non-conference matchup comes on Homecoming Weekend when they face in-state foe Richmond on Oct. 4. The No. 20 ranked Spiders knocked off the Flames, 31-20, in the series' first-ever meeting, last fall, in Richmond.
Following their road game at Appalachian State and their annual bye week, the Flames begin their Big South title defense against Gardner-Webb at home on Oct. 25. Liberty will look to pick up its eighth-straight victory over the Bulldogs in the Family Weekend contest.
Liberty begins the final month of the regular season on the road at Presbyterian College on Nov. 1. Liberty has won all five of its meetings against the Blue Hose since they joined the Big South and the Flames are a perfect 7-0 in the 11th month of the year in two seasons under Gill.
The Flames begin their final homestand of the regular season against Big South newcomer Monmouth on Nov. 8, Military Appreciation Day. Last year, Liberty defeated the Hawks, 45-15, in their 2013 home opener on Sept. 7.
Liberty honors its 2014 graduating senior class during its final home regular season game against Charleston Southern on Nov. 15. The Flames closed out their 2013 season with a resounding 56-14 victory over the 16th-ranked Buccaneers in Charleston, S.C. The victory sealed another conference title and was the second-highest ranked team Liberty has beaten on the road in program history.
Liberty's quest to claim a seventh Big South title and earn its first-ever trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs could come down to the last weekend of the regular season.
The Flames travel to Conway, S.C., on Nov. 22 to face Coastal Carolina, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA FCS Playoffs in 2013. The winner of the Liberty-Coastal Carolina game has gone on to claim at least a share of the Big South title nine of the last 10 years.
Liberty had its 18-game home Big South winning streak snapped by No. 4 Coastal Carolina in dramatic fashion in the two teams' last meeting. The Chanticleers rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to eventually escape Williams Stadium with a 55-52 double overtime win.
The Big South's top team will emerge with the conference's crown and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
The playoffs begin with eight first-round games on Nov. 29 and culminate with the crowning of another champion at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, in the NCAA FCS National Championship game in January.
Football Season Ticket Information
Football season ticket prices will remain the same as last year, but Flames Club membership levels have been adjusted slightly for all seats other than general admission. General admission season tickets are $65. Red reserved bench-back season tickets are $75 and require Flames Club membership at the Member Level ($60), or at the Eagle Level ($120) for center section 105. Blue premium chair-back season tickets are $125 and require Flames Club membership at the Coaches Level ($600), or at the Cornerstone Level ($1,200) for center sections 105 and 205. Club Seat season tickets are $225 and require Flames Club membership at the Director's Level ($3,000).
To purchase or receive information about general admission season tickets, contact the Flames Ticket Office at 434-582-SEAT (7328) or Tickets@liberty.edu. To purchase or receive information about reserved, premium or club season tickets, contact the Flames Club at 434-582-CLUB (2582) or FlamesClub@liberty.edu. The priority seating deadline for football season tickets is May 31, with seats assigned in priority order based upon Flames Club membership level and loyalty point total.