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Flames Football Moves To 2-0 With 31-7 Victory Over Glenville State

September 9, 2006
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Liberty defeated Glenville State in front of 11,423 fans on Saturday.

Liberty defeated Glenville State in front of 11,423 fans on Saturday.

Hear audio of Danny Rocco's post game press conference here.

For the second-straight game, the Flames rushed their way to a victory as Rashad Jennings rushed for three scores and Zach Terrell added another to lead Liberty to a 31-7 victory over Glenville State, Saturday evening, in front of 11,423 fans.

With the victory, the Flames improve to 2-0 on the season, marking the first time that Liberty has started a season with a 2-0 record since the 1997 when the Flames finished the year 9-2 record under head coach Sam Rutigliano.

Liberty quickly moved down the field on the opening drive of the game as the Flames capped off the seven-play, 77-yard drive with a 24-yard run to the right by Jennings for a score at the 11:50 mark of the first quarter. Besides the Jennings' run, the drive was highlighted by a 22-yard rush by fullback Chris Stokes and an 18-yard slant pass from Brock Smith to Wynton Jackson.

The score remained the same until late in the first quarter when Ben Beasley connected on a 25-yard field goal with 67 seconds left to finish off a six-play, 31-yard drive and give Liberty a 10-0 lead.

Three plays into the ensuing drive, linebacker Stevie Ray Lloyd picked off a pass from Glenville State's Mike Williams, giving the Flames possession of the ball at the Pioneers' 31-yard line. Two plays later, Jennings found a hole up the middle and dashed 30 yards to the end zone for his second touchdown of the evening at the 13:53 mark of the second quarter, extending the Liberty lead to 17-0.

Later in the quarter, the Flames mounted their final scoring drive of the half with Jennings getting the call for the third time. The sophomore rushed up the middle on a three-yard scoring play to give Liberty a 24-0 lead with 1:39 left before halftime.

Glenville State threatened to break Liberty's scoreless streak in the final 90 seconds of the first half as the Pioneers quickly moved down the field thanks to Williams completing 4-of-5 pass attempts for 67 yards, including a 19-yarder to Tavon McGee to get to the Liberty three-yard line with four seconds left. However, a Williams slant pass to McGee in the corner of the end zone was broken up by Patrick Calvary to preserve the shutout as time ran out.

After holding the Pioneers to just 14 yards on nine plays on the opening drive of the second half, Jackson returned a punt 25 yards to midfield to give Liberty its first possession of the third quarter.

Smith completed a 21-yard sideline pass to Dominic Bolden, followed by four more rushing plays by the rushing tandem of Jennings and Terrell, with Terrell getting the call on a six-yard run to the right at the 6:45 mark to give Liberty a 31-0 lead.

The Flames entered the fourth quarter attempting to post back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1974; however, the Pioneers put together a nine-play 55-yard drive; capped off by a six-yard scoring pass play from Williams to McGee. On a fourth-and-goal play, Williams was able to find McGee amongst a large group of Liberty defenders, cutting Liberty's lead to 31-7 with 12:18 in the contest to give the game its final score.

Jennings finished the game with 15 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 10.7 yards per attempt. Jennings becomes the first player since Sam Gado in 2004 to post back-to-back 100-yard games, while Gado was also the last player to rush for three scores in a game against VMI on November 6, 2004.

Terrell followed with eight carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, while the Flames finished the contest with 275 yards, one more yard than Liberty's 274 in its season opener against St. Paul's.

Smith posted a much better performance in his second game of the year as the sophomore quarterback completed 11-of-16 pass attempts for 112 yards, while his counterpart Williams completed 21-of-38 attempts for 259 yards and the fourth quarter score.

Jackson led six different Liberty pass catchers as the junior finished the game with five receptions for 49 yards, while Williams hooked up with nine different wide outs with McGee leading the way with six receptions for 85 yards and the touchdown reception.

Nick Hursky led the Flames' defense in total tackles with 10 stops, while Jason Horn posted his second-straight impressive outing with nine tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss (12 yards), 2.0 sacks (12 yards), a quarterback hurry and a punt block.

The Flames will take to the road for their next three games, starting with a road contest at Towson next Saturday. The game will pit a pair of 2-0 teams against each other as Towson knocked off Elon earlier in the evening after defeating Coastal Carolina last weekend to open the season. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 6 p.m.