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VMI Revisited: News and Notes

November 6, 2011
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Liberty moved to 5-0 in Big South play for the third time in the last four years, following a hard-fought 37-31 victory over in-state foe VMI, Saturday afternoon, inside of Williams Stadium.

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 VMI game:
VMI Series Highlights:

• Liberty is now 8-3 all-time against VMI, having won the last six meetings.
• The Flames are now 8-1 against VMI since the Keydets joined the Big South Conference in 2003.
Big South Highlights:
• With its victory over VMI, Liberty moves to 5-0 for the third time in program history (2008, 2009 and 2011).
• Liberty's all-time Big South record under head coach Danny Rocco is now 26-4 (86.7 percent).
• With a win over VMI, Liberty has now won 15-straight Big South games inside of Williams Stadium.
• Liberty is one of seven FCS teams left in the country to remain undefeated in conference play (out of 124 FCS programs): Harvard (5-0/Ivy), Lehigh (4-0/Patriot), Liberty (5-0/Big South), Montana State (7-0/Big Sky), North Dakota State (6-0/Missouri Valley), Sam Houston State (6-0/Southland) and Stony Brook (4-0/Big South).
• Dating back to last season (which includes Liberty's season finale victory over Stony Brook), the Flames have won six Big South games in a row.
• Liberty's six-game Big South winning streak is tied for the fourth longest active conference winning streak among FCS programs.
General Highlights:
• This year's senior class finishes up its four-year careers with a perfect 12-0 record at home against Big South opponents.
• During those 12-straight home Big South victories, Liberty outscored opponents by an average of 28.42 points per game (44.75 PF/16.33 PA).
• Following the VMI game, Liberty has now won six games in a row, which is tied for the second-longest winning streak during head coach Danny Rocco's tenure.
• Liberty's six-game win streak is currently tied for the seventh longest active FCS winning streak in the country.
• With an attendance figure of 17,266 for Liberty's game against VMI, the Flames set a new single season home attendance record of 98,515 (surpassing the previous record of 92,026 set in 2008).
• Liberty currently ranks No. 7 in the country in total attendance (98,515) and No. 14 in average home attendance (16,419).
• For the sixth time this season, Liberty finished a game with 30 or more points scored, which has the Flames ranked No. 9 in the country in scoring offense (36.40 points per game).
• For the 14th time in his career, Mike Brown finished a game with 300 or more total offensive yards, as he finished with 319 yards against VMI (33 rushing/286 passing).
• Mike Brown's 286 passing yards against VMI was his third-highest passing total of the 2011 season.
• Mike Brown finished Saturday's game with his seventh rushing total of the season and the 27th of his career, tying him with Kim Raynor for fifth place on Liberty's all-time career rushing touchdowns list.
• Following the VMI game, Mike Brown now ranks No. 6 on the Big South's all-time career passing yards list with 5,711 yards (surpassed Gardner-Webb's Devin Campbell career total of 5,614 career passing yards during the game).
• Chris Summers led Liberty's receivers against VMI, finishing the contest with eight receptions for 84 yards and his seventh touchdown reception of the season.
• With his eight catches against VMI, Chris Summers became Liberty's all-time career receptions leader with 178 career receptions (surpassing Pat Nelson's previous record of 176 career receptions).
• Chris Summers (2,472 career yards) will enter Liberty's regular-season finale against Stony Brook needing 74 yards to match Kelvin Edwards' program-record 2,546 career receiving yards.
Pat Kelly led Liberty in total receiving yards against VMI, posting his third career 100-yard game with 105 yards against the Keydets.
Kevin Fogg returns his third kick off for a touchdown this season against VMI, giving the Flames the lead for good with a 90-yard return midway through the third quarter.
• Kevin Fogg is the only player Division I players in the country (either FCS or FBS) with three kickoff returns for a touchdown in 2011.
• Kevin Fogg currently leads all FCS players in the country with a 34.94 kickoff returns yards average (629 yards/18 returns).
• Kevin Fogg's 629 kickoff returns yards currently ranks No. 5 on Liberty's single-season total kickoff return yards list.
• Kevin Fogg will enter Liberty's regular-season finale against Stony Brook needing 63 kickoff return yards to tie Liberty's single-season record held by Adrian Hall (692 yards/2002).
• With his 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against VMI, Kevin Fogg becomes the second player in Big South history to return three kickoffs for a touchdown in a season (joining Charleston Southern's Gerald Stevenson/2010).
• On defense, Kevin Fogg finished the VMI game with six tackles (three solo, three assisted), his second forced fumble of the season and first fumble recovery of the year.
Chris Mayo had his second-best tackling effort of the season, leading the Flames with eight stops against VMI (five solo, three assisted).
• Chris Mayo finished the VMI game with five solo tackles, tying a season high (also had five solo stops against Gardner-Webb).
• Chris Mayo's eight-stop effort against VMI is tied for the third-most tackles in a game during the sophomore's career at Liberty.
• Chris Mayo has now led the Flames in tackling in three games this season, tying for game-high honors with six stops against Lehigh and leading the team with nine stops against Gardner-Webb.
•  Brent Vinson finished the VMI game with four stops, allowing him to become the third active Liberty play with 100 career tackles (102).