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Game Day Central: VMI

November 2, 2011
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Military Appreciation Day

Game Day Central Page

Note: Includes all important Game Day links (Live Stats, Live Video, Williams Stadium info, Directions, Parking, Ticket information, etc.)

Game Notes:
VMI Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

WSET 13.2 - Local/Regional Coverage
(WSET 13.2 is the Digital 2 station for WSET - Channel 13 in the Lynchburg/Roanoke markets)
Game Will be Carried Live

ESPN3.com - National Coverage
(Web-based internet stream from ESPN)
Game Will be Carried Live

MASN - Local/Regional Coverage
Game Will be Carried Live

JCTV - National Coverage
Game Will be Carried on a Delayed Basis

Christian Television Network - Regional Coverage
Game Will be Carried Live

Additional Live Coverage:
WFMZ - Channel 69 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Pregame Tailgating Show:
2:00 p.m.

Broadcast - Kickoff:
3:37 p.m. vs. VMI

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

Today's Game
Fresh off a thrilling double overtime victory over Presbyterian College, Liberty will look to close out its regular-season home slate with a sixth-straight victory when the Flames welcome VMI to Williams Stadium for Military Appreciation Day.

Series Recap
The Flames enter today's in-state battle with Big South foe VMI having won five in a row against the Keydets and seven out of the last eight meetings. Overall, Liberty leads the series 7-3, including a 7-1 mark since the Keydets joined the Big South Conference for the 2003 season.

Happy to Be Home
Liberty has won its last five match-ups against the Keydets, including back-to-back sizeable victories over VMI inside Williams Stadium. Liberty has won its last two games at home against the Keydets by an average of 39.5 points per game, winning 73-34 in 2007 and 54-14 in 2009.

Senior Day Salute
Today's contest marks the final regular-season home game for 17 players, who have played a significant part in changing the culture of Liberty Football. This group has helped Liberty football with four-straight Big South titles and become a perennial Top 25 program.

Thank you to the following players, who will be playing in their final home regular season game today: Matt Bevins, Aaron Brown, Mike Brown, Leo Cardenas, Asa Chapman, Mike Connolly, Ervin Garner, B.J. Hayes, Jeffery Henderson, Mike Larsson, KaJuan Lee, Julian Poindexter, Brandon Robinson, Tommy Shaver, Chris Summers, Mark Tomlin and Toney White.

Helping Hands
Today is senior day for more than just 17 players on Liberty's roster, as several members of the football program's student support staff are working their last regular-season home game. Without the tireless effort by Liberty's student equipment and sports medicine staff members, many of Liberty's on the field accomplishments would not be possible.

Thank you to the following individuals who have worked behind the scenes to make our football program a success – Equipment Staff: Wyeth Lattimore and Ben Petersheime; Sports Medicine Staff: Anne Laborde and Brooke Lamkin.

Free Football
The Flames played their first overtime football game since the 2007 season, last Saturday, escaping Williams Stadium with a 27-20 double overtime victory over Presbyterian College. Liberty's last overtime game was in 2007 against William & Mary and the Flames last overtime victory was a 49-42 win against Hofstra on Nov. 22, 2003. Liberty's all-time record in games that go beyond the regular four quarters of action is now 4-5.

Four Wins is Fun
Liberty entered the Big South records books, last Saturday, following its 27-20 double overtime victory over Presbyterian College. With the win, Liberty became the first program in Big South history to start conference play with a perfect 4-0 record for five-consecutive seasons. The last time the Flames did not enter the month of November undefeated in Big South play was 2006, head coach Danny Rocco's first season.

Still Streaking
It took two extra periods of football, but the Flames were able to extend its Big South home winning streak following a thrilling 27-20 double overtime victory over Presbyterian College. With the victory, Liberty extends its Big South record home winning streak to 14-straight games with the Flames last home setback against a conference foe coming in 2006.

Move Those Chains
The Flames finished last week's Presbyterian College game with a season-best 10-of-19 on third-down conversions against the Blue Hose. Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 2 nationally in third-down conversion efficiency (51.69 percent/61-of-118).

Point Reduction
Although the Flames were able to extend their Big South home winning streak to 14 games in a row, Liberty was not able to do the same with its conference scoring streak, despite two extra periods of play. Liberty won the game, 27-20, in double overtime against Presbyterian College, ending a run of 13-consecutive Big South games the Flames had eclipsed the 30-point mark.

Run, Flames, Run
Not only has Liberty's win total increased during the second half of the season, but so has the Flames offensive production on the ground. During the first four games of the season, Liberty rushed for 414 yards and four touchdowns (103.5 yards and 1.0 TDs per game). In the last five games of the season, the Flames have rushed for 1,059 yards and 15 touchdowns, improving its game averages to 221.8 yards and 3.0 touchdowns during the five-game stretch.

Moving On Up
Following its fifth victory in a row, Liberty saw its stock in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches poll climb this week. The Flames broke back into both national listing two weeks ago, following a four-week hiatus from the rankings. This week, Liberty is ranked No. 22 in both FCS Top 25 rankings heading into its match-up with VMI.

First Half Fierceness
Liberty's play during the first two quarters of Big South games this season has certainly played a part in the team's 4-0 conference record. For the second time this year, Liberty held a Big South opponent scoreless during the first quarter last weekend against Presbyterian College. Through four Big South games this season, the Flames have outscored their conference foes 101-10 during the first half.

Welcome to the Club
Mike Brown joined an elite group of Liberty players, last Saturday, when the Walter Payton Award candidate finished the Presbyterian College game with 332 total offensive yards. Brown's 13th career 300-yard game pushed him over the 7,000 career total offensive yards mark (7,245). Brown is one of three players in program history to cross this threshold, joining Robby Justino (8,806 yards) and Brock Smith (7,189 yards).

Getting Better and Better
Aldreakis Allen has started to establish himself as a dominate running back, as the redshirt sophomore has produced his best numbers during Liberty's last two games. The running back has bettered his own single-game career numbers each time he has taken the field. He finished the Charleston Southern game with 126 yards, while recording 131 yards against Presbyterian College. During the last three games of the season, Allen has totaled 353 rushing yards and four touchdowns (117.68 yards and 1.3 TDs per game).