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Football Program Set To Face Toledo In 2007

December 21, 2006
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Football Program Set To Face Toledo In 2007
The Liberty University Athletics Department has announced that the football program has signed a contract to play Toledo as part of its 2007 schedule. 

The Flames will travel to Toledo, Ohio, on October 6 for a game at the Glass Bowl (26,248). Kickoff for the game is currently scheduled for 7 p.m. 

The contest will mark the second time that the Flames and the Rockets have met on the gridiron as Liberty dropped a 49-3 decision to Toledo on September 9, 2003, in their previous meeting. 

Liberty has a long-standing tradition with the Mid-American Conference, the conference to which Toledo belongs. The Flames have posted a combined 2-4 record against the current membership of the MAC. 

During the 2002-04 seasons, Liberty squared off against four MAC opponents as they faced Akron (L/ 21-49), Bowling Green (L/ 3-62), Kent State (L/ 10-36) and Toledo (L/ 3-49). 

Liberty's victories over MAC opponents came over Buffalo and Eastern Michigan. Liberty downed the Bulls, 27-24, in overtime on October 24, 1998, at Williams Stadium when the Buffalo was still competing at the I-AA level. The Flames' first-ever match up with a MAC opponent came against Eastern Michigan on October 14, 1989, when Liberty upset the Eagles, 25-24, in Ypsilanti, Mich., the only time Liberty has ever defeated a I-A opponent. 

The Flames are coming off a successful 6-5 in their first season under Big South Coach of the Year Danny Rocco. The Flames posted a five-win improvement over the previous season (1-10 in 2005) which tied for the nation's best turnaround as the Flames join Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Bucknell and Robert Morris in accomplishing the dramatic turnabout.