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Fanning The Flames: Football Notes And Listen To Danny Rocco's Post Game Press Conference
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Fanning The Flames
• The Liberty-Gardner-Webb game had 12,054 fans in attendance, marking the sixth-largest crowd in school history and the third largest in Big South Conference history.
• Liberty now holds nine of the Top 10 single game attendance figures in Big South Conference history, including the top eight tallies.
• Liberty currently ranks 14th in the nation in home attendance based upon stadium capacity as the Flames are filling their stadium at 99.28 percent over the first four home games of the year (47,656 fans in total). The Flames are averaging 11,914 fans per game at Williams Stadium this year
• Liberty also ranks 15th nationally in total home attendance and 27th in average per home game (11,914).
• The Gardner-Webb-Liberty game was the 15th highest attended game this week national in NCAA I-AA football.
• For the fifth time this season, the Flames held an opponent scoreless over the first 30 minutes of the game as Gardner-Webb scored all 27 of its points in the second half.
• The Flames entered the Gardner-Webb game having allowed just 31 total second half points over the first six games, but the Bulldogs nearly doubled the number by scoring 27 second half points.
• For the third-straight game and the fifth time this season, the Flames controlled the clock as Liberty finished with a 4:52 time of possession advantage which marked its second-highest TOP edge of the year. Liberty currently leads the Big South Conference as the Flames are holding an average 30:56 time of possession advantage.
• The Flames finished the Gardner-Webb game with a season high in penalty yards as Liberty was whistled for six penalties for 100 yards. The Flames finished the first four games of the year averaging 5.3 penalties per game for 37.0 average yards. However, Liberty has averaged 8.0 infractions per contests over the last three games for an average 91.3 yards per game.
• For the third time this year, the Flames finished a game without a turnover. The Flames currently lead the Big South Conference as Liberty has committed just five turnovers during the first seven games of the year. The next best team in the conference is VMI who has committed 11 turnovers in eight games.
• In a tale of two halves, the Flames finished the first half with a 225 total offensive yard advantage (271 yards to 46 yards), but Gardner-Webb controlled the second half with a 223 total offensive yard advantage (313 yards to 90 yards).
• Despite allowing 27 points, its second-highest total of the year, the Flames still rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense as Liberty is allowing 13.14 points per game.
• For the fifth-straight conference game, the Flames dropped a Big South Conference contest by six or fewer points. The Liberty-Gardner-Webb series has also been close as the past 11 games have been decided by an average of 5.7 points per game.
• Zach Terrell posted his second-best rushing performance of his career by rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per career. This also marked the second-straight time that Terrell has rushed for more than 100 yards against Gardner-Webb and the second-consecutive week with two touchdowns.
• Zach Terrell became the 14th player in Big South Conference history to surpass the 1,000 career rushing mark in the Gardner-Webb game as Terrell currently has 1,019 career rushing yards to his credit.
• Wynton Jackson finished the game with four catches for 57 yards, helping him surpass the 1,000 career receiving mark as the junior now has 1,034 career receiving yards.
• Manny Rojas moved into sole possession of second place on the Big South's all-time career tackle list as he finished the Gardner-Webb game with six tackles. Rojas now has 314 career tackles to his credit.
• Ryan Greiser led the Flames in tackles with a career high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. The 12 tackles and nine solo tackles mark a single game season high for a Liberty defender and Greiser is the second defender to finish a game with double figure tackles.
• The last Liberty defensive back to finish with double-figure tackles was C.J. Moore who recorded 15 tackles against Coastal Carolina in a triple overtime game on October 22, 2005.