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Flames Move up to No. 22 in Both FCS Polls

October 31, 2011
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Following its first overtime victory since the 2003 season, Liberty has moved up to No. 22 in both the Sports Network/Fathead.com and FCS Coaches polls, which were released earlier today by each organization.

The Flames returned to both FCS Top 25 polls last week, following a four-week hiatus. Liberty moved up one spot in the Sports Network listing and two notches in this week's FCS Coaches poll.

Liberty claimed its fifth-straight victory and moved to 6-3 on the season, following a thrilling 27-20 double overtime win on Saturday against Presbyterian College.

Both polls have a new No. 1 team, as North Dakota State prevailed, 27-19, over previous No. 2 Northern Iowa, allowing the Bison to claim the top spot and an unbeaten 8-0 record.

Montana State moved up to No. 2 in both listings following a 54-13 victory over Idaho State, while Appalachian State dethroned previous No. 1 Georgia Southern, 24-17, at home and is ranked No. 3 in each poll.

Sam Houston State, one of two remaining undefeated FCS teams in the country, is ranked No. 4 in the Sports Network poll and No. 5 in the FCS Coaches listing. Following their seven-point lose to Southern Conference rival Appalachian State, the Eagles fall to No. 5 and 4 in the respective polls, to round out each listing's top five teams.

No. 22/22 Liberty will put its 14-game home Big South winning streak on the line this Saturday when the Flames host conference rival and in-state foe VMI. Kickoff at the Military Appreciation Day game is set for 3:30 p.m.