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Fanning The Flames: Football Notes And Listen To Danny Rocco's Post Game Press Conference
A new feature this season on LibertyFlames.com is audio of head coach Danny Rocco's post game press conference on its website. The day following all Flames football games coach Rocco's comments to the media will be made available.
To listen to coach Rocco's post game comments following the Flames 21-0 victory against Western Carolina please click here. (To download right click "save target as")
Fanning The Flames
• The Western Carolina game marked a historic day in the annals of Liberty University as the 8,286 fans in attendance helped the Flames move over the 1,000,000 mark in home attendance since the program's inception in 1973.
• Liberty currently ranks 13th in the nation in home attendance based upon stadium capacity as the Flames are filling their stadium at 93.24 percent over the first five home games of the year (55,942 fans in total). The Flames are averaging 11,188 fans per game at Williams Stadium this year
• Liberty also ranks 18th nationally in total home attendance and 30th in average per home game (11,188).
• Liberty enters the Charleston Southern game next weekend needing just 49 fans to break the school's record for home attendance in a season. Liberty drew 55,990 fans for seven home games during the 1990 campaign.
• For the third time in school history and the first since moving to the Division I level, Liberty has posted three shutouts in a season with its 21-0 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday. The Flames also recorded three shutouts in 1974 (when they were NCCAA) and in 1976 (when they were NAIA).
• The Flames have allowed just 120 points this season, which has them ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense (13.3 points per game).
• Liberty enters the final two games of the year needing to hold its last two opponents to 55 or fewer points to break the school record for fewest points allowed in a season. The 1979 squad allowed 176 points en route to a 9-1-1 record (16.0 points per game).
• The Flames are the only team in the country to have recorded three shutouts this year as the Flames broke a six-way tie for the nation's lead in shutouts with their 21-0 blanking of Western Carolina on Saturday. Five other teams in I-AA football have recorded two shutouts this year: Albany, Cal Poly, Massachusetts, Nicholls State and San Diego.
• The Flames held Western Carolina to 273 total offensive yards on Saturday, marking the second-fewest offensive yards that Liberty has allowed this season. Liberty held St. Paul's to just 57 yards in the Flames' season-opener on August 31.
• Western Carolina's Darius Fudge became just the second running back this season to rush for 100 yards in a game against the Flames' defense as the senior rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries (William & Mary's Elijah Brooks rushed for 101 yards).
• Liberty enters the final two games of the year needing just 183 rushing yards to surpass the 2,000 yard mark for the fifth time in school history (1,817 yards through nine games) and for the fourth time in the last five years (also in 2002, 2003 and 2004).
• Liberty has now held six of its nine opponents scoreless during the first 30 minutes of the game.
• The Flames finished the game with a season-high 13 quarterback hurries with eight different players finishing with at least one quarterback hurry.
• Manny Rojas became just the third player this year to record double-figure tackles in a game as the senior led the team with 10 stops. This marked the 10th time in Rojas' career that the linebacker has finished a game with 10 or more tackles.
• For the fifth time this season, the Flames finished a game without allowing a quarterback sack. Liberty has allowed just seven total quarterback sacks this year and the Flames rank fourth nationally in quarterback sacks allowed (0.78).
• Brandon Turner became the 23rd player in school history to record multiple career 100-yard receiving games as the junior led the Flames with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. Turner posted his first career 100-yard game last year with seven receptions for 178 yards at Gardner-Webb.
• Zach Terrell missed posting the fifth 100-yard rushing game of his career by just one yard as the sophomore finished the Western Carolina game with 20 carries for 99 yards.
• Zach Terrell's two-yard run in the second quarter marked his fourth-straight game with a rushing touchdown.
• For the fifth-straight game and the seventh time this year, the Flames' rushing attack and solid defensive effort allowed Liberty to control the play clock as Liberty finished with 31:43 to 28:17 time of possession advantage in the Western Carolina game. Liberty currently leads the Big South Conference in time of possession (31:14).