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Football Program Draws Attention From National Poll With Season-Opening Victory

September 4, 2006
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Football Program Draws Attention From National Poll With Season-Opening Victory
Liberty University football program was one of 54 teams to receive votes in this week's Sports Network I-AA weekly poll released earlier today thanks in part to the team's season-opening 27-0 victory over St. Paul's last Thursday.

Of the 54 teams, 25 were named to the weekly Top 25 poll, while 29 other teams also received consideration by tallying votes. Liberty received a total of seven votes in the poll, making it the second Big South team to be considered for the national weekly Top 25 poll. Fellow conference foe Coastal Carolina dropped out of the preseason Top 25 after their 23-20 home loss to Elon on Saturday and received 14 votes this week.

Two other opponents on Liberty's schedule also received votes in the Sports Network's first weekly poll of the year as William & Mary, who is coming off a 27-14 loss to I-A Maryland, received 47 votes, while Towson, who downed Morgan State 30-2 on Saturday, received nine votes.

The Flames will be looking for their first 2-0 start since the 1997 season when they host Glenville State on Saturday evening at Williams Stadium. Kickoff for the game is schedule for 7 p.m.

The Sports Network 2006 I-AA Top 25 Poll (Sept. 4)
 
Team (First-place votes)        2006 Record   Points  Previous          Next Week
1. Appalachian State (43) 0-1       2,478   1          No. 12 James Madison
2. New Hampshire (31)           0-0       2,437   2          at Northwestern
3. Northern Iowa (13)  1-0       2,329   4          North Dakota
4. Furman (3)  1-0       2,177   5          West Georgia
5. Cal Poly (4) 1-0       2,127   6          at Weber State
6. Montana (2) 0-1       2,014   3          South Dakota State
7. Illinois State 0-1       1,760   9          Central Arkansas
8. Youngstown State (1)         1-0       1,755   7          Maine
9. Massachusetts       1-0       1,748   10        at Navy
10. Richmond (2)        1-0       1,709   15        OPEN
11. Montana State (7) 1-0       1,695   22        Chadron State
12. James Madison     1-0       1,455   8          at No. 1 Appalachian State
13. Georgia Southern  0-0       1,229   12        Central Connecticut State
14. Hampton   1-0       1,225   13        Howard
15. Delaware   0-0       987      16        West Chester
16. McNeese State     0-1       954      11        West Virginia Tech
17. Southern Illinois     1-0       834      17        OPEN
18. North Dakota State           1-0       795      19        OPEN
19. UC Davis   1-0       794      21        at TCU
20. Eastern Illinois       0-1       774      14        Indiana State
21. Portland State (1)  1-0       721      NR       Northern Colorado
22. Texas State           1-0       712      18        at Kentucky
23. Eastern Kentucky 0-1       414      20        Western Kentucky
24. Nicholls State        1-0       406      24        at Nebraska
25. Lafayette   1-0       164      NR       at Bucknell
           
Dropped Out: No. 23 Grambling State, No. 25 Coastal Carolina
 
Others receiving votes (in order of points, minimum of five required): Grambling State 159, Wofford 115, Hofstra 59, Brown 58, Western Kentucky 58, Eastern Washington 49, Alabama A & M 47, William & Mary 47, Southern 46, Idaho State 44, South Carolina State 40, Chattanooga 39, Jacksonville State 38, Northern Arizona 30, Harvard 30, Elon 28, Southeastern Louisiana 23, Colgate 20, Western Illinois 19, Coastal Carolina 16, Western Carolina 14, Northwestern State 13, Delaware State 11, Towson 9, Penn 9, Weber State 8, Jackson State 8, Liberty 7, Maine 5.