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Flames Rack Up Season-Best Numbers in 68-10 Victory over Red Flash
The Flames scored 42-unanswered points and never looked back en route to a 68-10 victory over visiting St. Francis, Pa., Saturday evening, at Williams Stadium, keeping Liberty undefeated at home during the 2007 season.
With the victory, the Flames pushed their record to 3-2 on the season and remained unbeaten at home this season. The loss keeps St. Francis, Pa., winless on the season, dropping the Red Flash to 0-3 on the year.
The contest was played in front of 13,893 fans, giving Liberty its third-straight home game with an attendance figure over Williams Stadium's capacity of 12,000. The attendance count was the third largest in program history.
The Flames took the opening kickoff and methodically marked down field, piecing together a 10-play, 68-yard drive. Liberty kept the ball on the ground for nine out of the 10 plays, including a 10-yard reverse for a touchdown by to Dominic Bolden at the 10:03 mark of the first.
By the end of the quarter, Liberty tacked on three more touchdowns with all three scoring drives lasting two plays or less.
The first score came on a 28-yard pass play from Brock Smith to Bolden at 9:00, followed by a 75-yard run by Zach Terrell at the 6:15 mark. The 75-yard scoring burst by Terrell was the longest run of his career and gave the junior his 11th-straight game with a rushing touchdown.
The Flames capped off the 28-point first quarter when Smith found Wynton Jackson open on a slant pass and the senior got a key block downfield, allowing the wide out to scamper 60 yards to the end zone.
Liberty kept its scoring spree going on second play of the second quarter. Spencer Landis found Bolden open for an 11-yard touchdown strike, pushing the Flames edge to 35 points, giving the sophomore quarterback his second-straight game with a passing touchdown.
After St. Francis' fourth-straight three-and-out series, the Flames pushed their lead to 42-0. Rashad Jennings found a hole off the right side and rushed one yard for a score with 9:10 left before halftime.
The Red Flash erased the possibility of a shutout with their first non three-and-out series of the contest late in the second quarter. Adam Scuilli knocked down a 26-yard field goal with 3:00 left before the break, completing a 14-play, 82-yard scoring drive.
Following five-consecutive rushing plays by Liberty, Noah Greenbaum got the three points back for the Flames, centering a 21-yard kick through the uprights as time expired in the first half with Liberty leading 45-3.
In the first half, Liberty outgained the Red Flash by 308 yards, 400 – 92, getting 258 yards on the ground and 142 through the air.
The Red Flash was forced to punt on the opening drive of the second half, as they could only advance the ball to their own 20-yard line. However, Ryan Best got around the corner of the line, blocking the ensuing punt, which was recovered by Al Bailey on the five and returned for a touchdown at the 12:16 mark.
During the remainder of the game, Liberty managed to tack on two additional touchdowns and a field goal. Smith completed a 32-yard pass to Jackson for a score and Landis called his own number on the first play of the fourth quarter for the Flames final touchdown.
Greenbaum added Liberty's final three points with a 22-yard field goal with 8:37 left in the contest. The kick gave the Flames their third-highest point total in a single game, tying Liberty's 68-0 victory over Newport News on Oct. 9, 1976.
The only two contests in which Liberty scored more points was a 69-21 win over Norfolk State on Nov. 8, 2003, and a 76-6 victory over West Virginia Tech on Sept. 2, 1995.
At the end of the game, Liberty finished with a season-best 591 total offensive yards on 62 plays, a 9.2 average yards per play on the evening.
The Flames held the Red Flash to 16 rushing yards, the fewest rushing yards Liberty has allowed since holding Charleston Southern to negative one yard on 35 carries during a 17-6 win on Nov. 1, 2003.
Jennings and Terrell became the 11th tandem in program history to dash beyond the 100-yard mark in the same contest and the first since Dre Barnes (180) and Sam Gado (166) accomplished the same feat against VMI on Nov. 6, 2004.
Terrell led the team with 115 yards on five carries, followed by Jennings' 101 yards on 16 carries. Both running backs found the end zone, accounting for two of Liberty's four rushing touchdowns on the evening.
Smith finished the night 8-of-10 for 194 yards with three touchdown passes, giving the junior his second-career three-touchdown game. The quarterback also tallied three touchdowns against Charleston Southern in 2005.
Jackson led all receivers with his second 100-yard receiving game of the year and the third of his career. The senior caught four passes for 115 yards and scored twice.
As a team, the Flames defense stayed busy with eight tackles for loss (39 yards), three sacks (24 yards), 11 quarterback hurries, six pass break-ups and the team's seventh interception of the year.
Patrick Bannon had his second-straight solid performance and led the Flames' defensive effort. The true freshman finished with a team-high seven tackles, including two sacks for 17 yards.
Pierre Tinsley, who got his first career start, and Tim Torrence followed with six stops each.
The Flames return to action next weekend when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, to face the Rockets of Toledo at the Glass Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., in Liberty's final night game of the year.