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Presbyterian College Revisited: News & Notes

October 14, 2012
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The Flames offense continued to roll and Liberty racked up a program-record 692 total offensive yards in a 56-7 road victory at Presbyterian College on Saturday.

Included with today's news and notes are radio highlights from the contest courtesy of the Flames Sports Network's radio crew, plus Coach Turner Gill's postgame interview with FSN radio sideline reporter Nick Pierce.

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.

Presbyterian College Contest News & Notes:

Series with Presbyterian College:
• Liberty leads the overall series, 6-4
• The Flames have won four in a row against PC
• Liberty has never lost to PC in a Big South contest
• Liberty has won five out of the last six meetings with PC
• The Flames are 3-2 in games played against PC in Clinton, S.C.

Significant Notes from Presbyterian College Matchup:
• The Flames move to 2-0 in Big South play
• Liberty has now won its first two Big South games of the year for the sixth year in a row
• Liberty finished the game with a program record 692 total offensive yards

Offensive Highlights against Presbyterian College:
• The Flames scored a season-high 56 points against Presbyterian
• Following the game against PC, Liberty now ranks No. 37 in the country in scoring average (29.83 points per game)
• Liberty's 49-point victory over PC was tied for the fifth largest margin of victory in program history
• The Flames also defeated Glenville State by 49 points by the same score on Sept. 5, 1997
• Liberty's 56 points scored is the most by the Flames in a road game in program history
• Prior to the game against PC, Liberty's previous high for points scored in a road game was 53 points scored in a road victory over Delaware State in 1998 (53-21 on Oct. 17)
• Liberty has now scored 50 or more points 24 times in program history
• Liberty has reached the 50-point mark only five times on the road
• Since giving up an early touchdown in the third quarter against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 6, the Flames have outscored their opponents 88-14 in the last 88:53 of play (nearly six full quarters)
• During the same span of time, Liberty has outgained its opponents in total offensive yards by 659 yards (1,040 to 381)
• Liberty finished the PC game with a program record 692 total offensive yards
• The previous program record for 654 yards against Charleston Southern in 1996
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 12 in the country in total offense (453.50 total offensive yards per game)
• Liberty finished with 428 of its 692 total offensive yards during the first half
• The Flames finished the PC game with a season-high 29 first downs
• Liberty has now recorded 20 or more first downs in its last four games
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 29 nationally in first down offense (21.67 first downs per game)
• Liberty finished the PC game with an even 14 rushing first downs and 14 passing first downs (also one first down via penalty)
• Liberty's 14 first downs via rushing plays marked a new season high
• Liberty has now finished five out of six games in 2012 with 10 or more passing first downs
• Liberty rushed for a season high 429 yards on 47 carries
• Liberty averaged 9.13 yards per rushing attempt against PC
• Liberty's rushing total against PC fell 30 yards short of the school record for rushing yards in a game (459 vs. Norfolk State in 2003)
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 36 in the country in rushing offense (178.67 rushing yards per game)
• The Flames entered the game ranked No. 83 in the country in rushing offense (128.60 rushing yards per game)
• Seven of Liberty's eight touchdowns against PC came via its rushing attack
• Liberty's seven rushing touchdowns marks a new season high
• Liberty's seven rushing touchdowns fell one short of the program's team record
• Liberty's team rushing record is eight rushing touchdowns against Norfolk State in 2003
• The Flames nearly tripled their rushing total against PC, as Liberty came into the game with four rushing touchdowns during its first five games
Aldreakis Allen (13 carries, 183 yards) and Sirchauncey Holloway (12 carries, 128 yards) both surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark against PC
• The pair also surpassed the 100-yard mark in the same game earlier this year against No. 13 Lehigh
• The last time the Flames had a pair of running backs surpass the 100-yard rushing mark more than once in the same season was in 2004 (three times in 2004)
• The Flames finished the PC game with 263 passing yards
• Liberty has now passed for 200 or more yards in five out of six games this season
• Liberty is averaging 274.83 passing yards per game, which ranks No. 15 in the country in passing offense
• On the season, Liberty's quarterbacks are completing their pass attempts at 69.3 percent (138-of-199)
• Following the PC game, Liberty ranks No. 9 in the country in passing efficiency (152.12)
• Liberty managed to pick up a first down on 6-of-8 third-down plays (75.0 percent)
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 23 in the country in third-down conversion efficiency (44.58 percent/37-of-83)
• For the first time during the 2012 season, Liberty did not attempt to pick up a first down on a fourth down play
• For the fourth game in a row, Liberty won the time of possession battle, winning by a margin of 8:54 (34:27 to 25:33)
• Liberty has finished with an eight-plus time of possession advantage in its last four games
• Liberty is averaging 33:47 time of possession in 2012, which has the Flames ranked No. 6 in the country in average time of possession
• For the fourth time in six games, Liberty lost the turnover battle, this time by one to PC
• Liberty currently ranks No. 94 in the country (out of 121 FCS programs) in turnover margin (-0.83/10 turnovers lost to five turnovers gained)
• The Flames were flagged for five penalties for a total of 38 penalty yards
• The five infractions were the second fewest by the Flames this season (fewest was four last week against Gardner-Webb)
• During the last two weeks, Liberty has averaged 4.5 penalties per game
• During the first four games of the season, Liberty averaged 8.25 penalties per game
• The 38 penalty yards were the second fewest by the Flames this season (fewest was 30 yards against Wake Forest)
• The Flames entered the red zone six times against PC and scored a touchdown on each of those drives
• Liberty has now score 18-out-of-19 times it has found the red zone in 2012 (94.7 percent)
• The Flames have 14 touchdowns on the 19 red zone drives this season (8 rush, 6 pass/73.6 percent)

Defensive Highlights against Presbyterian College:
• The Flames allowed a season low seven points to PC
• Dating back to its game with Gardner-Webb, the Flames have allowed a total of 14 points and 381 total offensive yards during the last 88:53 of play (nearly six quarters)
• The Flames allowed a season low 257 total offensive yards to PC
• Liberty has held three of its six opponents this season below 300 total offensive yards in a game
• Following the PC game, Liberty ranks No. 29 in the country in total defense (328.50 yards allowed per game)
• The Flames limited PC to 15 total first downs during the game, the third fewest Liberty has surrendered in a game this season
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 5 in the country in first down defense (15.33 allowed per game)
• The Flames allowed PC to pick up 13 of its 15 first downs via passing plays
• The Flames have surrendered a total of 27 first downs via passing plays the last two games
• During the first four games of the year, Liberty allowed a total of 20 first downs by passing plays
• The Flames allowed a season low two first downs via rushing plays
• The Flames held PC to an opponent season low 56 rushing yards
• Liberty has now held three of its six opponents in 2012 below 100 yards rushing
• Liberty ranks No. 38 in the country in rushing defense (135.00 yards allowed per game)
• Liberty allowed 201 passing yards to PC, the second most passing yards in a game this season by an opponent
• The one touchdown Liberty did allow against PC was a 32-yard pass play late in the second quarter
• On the season, the Flames have only allowed four total touchdown passes
• Only four FCS teams in the country have allowed fewer passing touchdowns in 2012 (Princeton: 1, South Dakota State: 2, Brown: 3, Wofford: 3)
• Liberty has allowed 584 passing yards in its last two games
• During the first four games of the year, the Flames allowed 577 passing yards
• Following the PC game, Liberty ranks No. 40 in the country in passing offense (193.50 yards allowed per game)
• PC finished the game picking up one first down on 13 third down plays (7.69 percent)
• Following the PC game, Liberty ranks No. 10 in the country in third-down defense efficiency (28.21 percent/22-of-78)
• During the last three games, Liberty has allowed a total of six third-down conversions
• During the last three games, Liberty opponents have picked up a first down on 6-of-29 third-down plays (20.69 percent)
• The Flames allowed their fourth fourth-down conversion against PC
• PC finished the game 1-of-4 on fourth-down conversion attempts
• Following the PC game, Liberty now ranks No. 24 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (36.36 percent/4-of-11)
• Liberty tied a season high with three sacks against PC
• The Flames came into the game with only seven sacks during their first five games
• Liberty recorded a season high 9.0 tackles for a loss against PC (27 yards)
• The Flames finished the PC game with a season high 49 solo stops
• For the fourth game in a row, Liberty finished a contest with multiple pass breakups
• Liberty has two pass breakups against PC

Special Team Highlights against Presbyterian College:
• For the third straight game, Liberty held an opponent below 100 total special teams return yards
• PC finished the game with 88 total special teams return yards
• All 88 of PC's return yards came via seven kickoff returns (12.57 yards per return)
• Following the PC game, Liberty ranks No. 10  in the country in kickoff return yardage defense (14.93)
• Liberty also finished the game with less than 100 total return yards
• The Flames finished the PC game with 65 special teams return yards
• Liberty had more chances to increase its total special teams return yards, as PC was forced to punt eight times during the game
• However, Liberty only returned one of the eight punts for a total of seven yards
• For just the second time this season, Liberty failed to average more than 40 yards per punt against an opponent
• Liberty finished the PC game averaging 39.5 yards per punt (two punts/79 yards)