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Charleston Southern Revisited: News and Notes
Each of Liberty's three different team units helped put points on the scoreboard on Saturday, aiding in Liberty's 38-16 victory over Charleston Southern inside of CSU Stadium, Liberty's fourth win in a row.
Included with today's news and notes is the Flames Sports Network's radio postgame interview with head football coach Danny Rocco, plus a radio recap and highlights.
Throughout the season, LibertyFlames.com will run a similar feature online each Sunday, spotlighting the notable accomplishments and numbers from the previous day's gridiron battle.
News and Notes from the Charleston Southern game:
Charleston Southern Series Highlights:
• Liberty is now 17-2 all-time against Charleston Southern, including six victories in a row against the Buccaneers.
• The Flames have won their last six games against Charleston Southern by an average of 24.8 points per game (38.0 PF/13.2 PA).
• Liberty has faced Charleston Southern each year since 1993 (19-straight seasons), the longest-running opponent series in program history.
• Liberty has posted a 9-1 record against Charleston Southern since Big South play started in 2002.
• Liberty is 8-1 when facing Charleston Southern in the Palmetto State, having won the last three meetings at CSU Stadium.
Big South Highlights:
• With its victory over Charleston Southern, Liberty becomes the first Big South program in league history to begin conference play 3-0 for five-consecutive seasons.
• The Flames have now scored 30 or more points in 26-straight Big South games.
• Liberty's all-time Big South record under head coach Danny Rocco is now 24-4 (85.7 percent).
• Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames have outscored Big South foes by an average of 22.18 points per game (42.04 PF/19.86 PA).
• The Flames finished the game scoring 38 points, marking the 41st time under head coach Danny Rocco Liberty has scored 30 or more points in a game (64.1 percent/64 games).
• Despite the scoring outburst, Liberty's offense was only responsible for the first 14 points of the game (two touchdown passes from Mike Brown).
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 5 nationally in scoring offense (37.50 points per game).
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game with 306 total offensive yards, marking the lowest offensive output by the Flames in a victory since producing 160 yards in a win over Charleston Southern in 2009.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 27 nationally in total offense (417.63 yards per game).
• Liberty amassed 284 of its total offensive yards during the first half of the game against Charleston Southern.
• Liberty finished the second half with 22 total offensive yards on 17 offensive plays.
• The Flames had six different possessions during the second half against Charleston Southern and failed to pick up a first down on any of the six drives.
• The Flames finished the game with 176 total rushing yards, their third-highest, single-game rushing total of the 2011 season.
• Despite the higher rushing yardage total, the Flames failed to record a rushing touchdown in a game for the second time this season (also no rushing touchdowns against N.C. State).
• Liberty was limited to 130 passing yards against Charleston Southern, its lowest passing total of the season.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 24 in passing offense (256.75 yards per game).
• For the seventh-straight game, the Flames finished with multiple passing touchdowns (two against Charleston Southern).
• On the season, Liberty has now scored 17 rushing touchdowns and 17 passing touchdowns through eight games.
• Liberty was limited to a season-low 14 first downs against Charleston Southern.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 29 in first down offense (21.13 per game).
• The Flames finished the Charleston Southern game with their second-lowest third-down conversion percentage of the season, picking up a new set of downs on 5-of-12 third-down plays (41.7 percent).
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty is now ranked No. 4 nationally in third-down efficiency (51.52 percent/51-of-99).
• For the first time in five games, Liberty failed to try to convert on a fourth-down play.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty ranks No. 7 nationally in fourth-down conversion efficiency (75.00 percent/6-of-8).
• The Flames had their lowest time of possession of the season, finishing the game with 22:48 of total time of possession.
• Liberty has now lost the time of possession battle in five out of eight games and ranks No. 89 in average time of possession (28:23).
• Liberty's defense was responsible for 14 of the Flames' 38 points against Charleston Southern, returning two interceptions for a touchdown.
• Liberty's defense has continued to give its offensive counterparts a head start, as the Flames jumped out to a 38-0 lead before Charleston Southern scored midway through the third quarter.
• During its three Big South games this year, Liberty has outscored its foes 101-0 before they have scored their first points of the game (Gardner-Webb: 21-0; Coastal Carolina: 42-0; Charleston Southern: 38-0).
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty currently ranks No. 12 nationally in scoring defense (18.75 points per game allowed).
• Charleston Southern outgained Liberty overall, finishing the game with 403 total offensive yards to Liberty's 306 (268 of Charleston Southern's yards came during the second half).
• Charleston Southern becomes the 18th team in 64 games under head coach Danny Rocco to amass 400 or more total offensive yards in a game.
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 403 total offensive yards, the second-highest single-game total of any opponent this season (season high was 424 yards by Lehigh).
• Despite the higher yardage total, Liberty still ranks No. 11 nationally in total defense (304.38 yards allowed per game).
• Liberty limited Charleston Southern to 95 rushing yards, marking the 26th time the Flames have held an opponent under 100 team rushing yards during head coach Danny Rocco's time at Liberty.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty currently ranks No. 23 in rushing defense (116.38 yards allowed per game).
• For the fourth-straight game, Liberty kept an opponent from recording a rushing touchdown.
• Liberty has now allowed seven rushing touchdowns in eight games during the 2011 season.
• Charleston Southern finished the game with an opponent season-high 308 total passing yards.
• Charleston Southern's 308 passing yards marked just the 10th time Liberty has allowed an opponent to pass for 300 or more yards in a game under head coach Danny Rocco.
• Following the Charleston Southern, Liberty now ranks No. 27 in passing defense (188.00 passing yards allowed per game).
• For the second-straight game and the fourth time this season, Liberty won the turnover battle in the game against Charleston Southern.
• Liberty created four turnovers against Charleston Southern, without giving the ball away on Saturday.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty has leveled its turnover ratio to 0.00/game (18 turnovers caused to 18 turnovers created).
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 56 nationally in turnover margin (0.00), Liberty's highest national ranking in this category this year.
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game by intercepting four passes and now ranks No. 11 nationally in passes intercepted (11).
• Liberty returned two of its four interceptions for a touchdown, including the program's first-ever 100-yard return by KaJuan Lee.
• Charleston Southern finished the game on Saturday with an opponent season-high 23 first downs.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 18 nationally in first down defense (16.50 first downs allowed per game).
• Charleston Southern converted on 10-of-20 third-down plays against Liberty on Saturday, marking a new opponent season high for third-down conversions.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty now ranks No. 46 nationally in third-down conversion defense (36.67 percent/44-of-120).
• Charleston Southern failed to convert on a pair of fourth-down plays against Liberty on Saturday and the Flames now rank No. 4 nationally in fourth-down conversion defense (18.75 percent/3-of-16).
Special Teams Highlights:
• Liberty's special teams was responsible for 10 of Liberty's 38 points against Charleston Southern, returning a kickoff for a touchdown and making a field goal.
• The Flames returned their second kickoff of the season for a touchdown, when Kevin Fogg returned the opening kickoff of the second half 82 yards for a score.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty currently ranks No. 5 nationally in kickoff returns (25.81 average yards per return).
• Liberty is one of three FCS teams in the country with two kickoff returns for a touchdown in 2011 (joined by Nicholls State and Massachusetts).