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Fanning The Flames: Football Notes And Listen To Danny Rocco's Post Game Press Conference

October 1, 2006
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Fanning The Flames: Football Notes And Listen To Danny Rocco's Post Game Press Conference
A new feature this season on LibertyFlames.com is audio of head coach Danny Rocco's post game press conference on its website. The day following all Flames football games coach Rocco's comments to the media will be made available.

To listen to coach Rocco's post game comments following the Flames 34-14 loss at Wake Forest please click here. (To download right click "save target as")

Fanning The Flames

• Saturday marked the first time this season that Liberty allowed first half points. Wake Forest scored 27 points on the Flames in the opening half who had held its opponents scoreless in the first half over the first four games of the season.

• Despite falling to Division I-A Wake Forest 34-14, this past Saturday, the Flames managed to score the most points against the Demon Deacons this season. The most points Wake had allowed was 13 vs. Duke. In addition, the Flames posted the third-most total yards this year vs. Wake (301) and passed for the second-most in game (216) against the Wake defense. The Flames' rushing game gained a respectable 85 yards on the ground, bettering the Deacon's season average of 76.5 entering the contest.

• Despite allowing a season-high 34 points against Wake Forest, the Flames still rank fifth in the nation in scoring defense as Liberty has allowed an average of 10.20 points per game.

• Wake Forest finished the game with three quarterback sacks, marking the most sacks that Liberty has allowed this season in a game. Over the first four games of the season, Liberty had allowed just two quarterback sacks. The Flames now rank 18th in the nation in quarterback sacks allowed per game (1.00).

Rashad Jennings was held to his second-lowest rushing total of the year as the sophomore rushed for just 35 yards on 19 carries against Wake Forest. Despite the low figure, Jennings still ranks 15th in the nation in rushing (115.4 yards per game) and 11th in scoring (9.60 points per game).

• The Flames had their best showing in its last 11 games against I-A opponents in a 20-point loss to Wake Forest on Saturday. Liberty's previous best in the last 11 games were a pair of 28-point losses coming at the hands of Kent State (2004) and Akron (2002). The Flames have now posted all-time 1-11 record against I-A opponents in the history of the program.

Manny Rojas moved into a tie for fourth place on the Big South's all-time career tackle list with six stops against Wake Forest. Rojas is now tied with Mario Williams (Gardner-Webb) at 299 career tackles. Rojas needs just 10 more tackles to become the Big South's all-time career tackle leader as VMI's Justin Huggard finished his career with 308 tackles.

Darnell Edwards caught both of Liberty's touchdown passes against Wake Forest on Saturday, marking the first and second touchdown receptions of the senior's career.

Brock Smith threw for a season-high 211 yards (fourth highest in his career) against Wake Forest as he completed 15-of-25 pass attempts with two touchdowns. Smith became the first quarterback to throw for a touchdown against a I-A opponent since Kyle Painter against UCF in 2002 (seven games) and his 211 yards marked the most passing yards by a quarterback against a I-A opponent since Biff Parson threw for 321 yards against South Florida in 2001 (eight games).

Ben Beasley finished the Wake Forest game with a career high in punt and kickoff yard averages as the senior averaged 44.7 yards on seven punts (313) and 64.0 yards on three kickoffs (192). The 313 punt yards marked the second highest of his career, including a career-best 58-yard punt in the first quarter.

Jason Horn finished with the Flames' lone sack of the game against Wake Forest, giving him a conference-best 5.0 sacks on the year (for 40 yards). Horn ranks tied for seventh in the nation in sacks per game and ninth in the country in tackles for a loss in a game (1.80).

• The Flames take next weekend off before hosting William & Mary at Williams Stadium on October 14 in their annual Homecoming game. The Flames have posted a 22-11 record in the history of the program in Homecoming contests.