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Concord Revisited: News and Notes

October 21, 2012
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The Flames' defense continued to dominate and Liberty used three timely touchdowns to win its third game in a row in a 21-13 victory over Concord 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.

Concord Contest News & Notes:

Series with Concord:
• Liberty leads the overall series, 5-0
• All five games have taken place at Williams Stadium
• Concord's 13 points were the most the Mountain Lions have scored in a game in the series
• Coming into yesterday's game, Concord had scored a combined 17 points in the previous four meetings
• Liberty has now outscored Concord 153-30 in the series' five meetings

Attendance Facts and Figures:
• The game was played in front of 18,643 fans
• The figure marked the fourth largest crowd in Williams Stadium history
• Following the game, Liberty is now averaging 17,462 in home attendance
• Liberty currently ranks No. 11 in the country in average home attendance
• The Flames also rank No. 10 in total home attendance (69,847) and No. 22 in filling stadium capacity (90.95 percent)
• The game had the fourth highest FCS attendance in the country this weekend

Offensive Notes against Concord:
• The Flames surpassed the 400-yard mark in total offense for the fourth straight game
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 15 in the country in total offense (446.71 average yards per game)
• The Flames finished the game with 78 total offensive plays, tying their single-game high for the season (also had 78 plays against Lehigh)
• The Flames finished with nearly twice as many offensive plays as Concord (Liberty: 78, Concord: 42)
• Liberty finished the game with 22 first downs
• The Flames have recorded 20 or more first downs in five straight games
• Following the game, the Flames currently rank No. 30 in the country in first down offense (21.71 average first downs per game)
• Liberty had 12 of its 22 first downs come via rushing plays
• The Flames have finished three out of their last four games with 10 or more rushing first downs
• For just the second time this season, Liberty finished with fewer than 10 passing first downs (9 vs. Concord and 8 vs. Norfolk State)
• Liberty finished the game with 233 rushing yards, marking the Flames' third 200-yard rushing performance of the season (241 vs. Lehigh, 429 vs. PC, 233 vs. Concord)
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 33 in the country in rushing offense (186.43 average rushing yards per game)
• The Flames finished the game with a season-high 54 rushing attempts (previous high was 50 for 241 yards against Lehigh)
• For just the second time this season, Liberty finished a game with less than 200 passing yards (173 vs. Concord, 158 vs. Norfolk State)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 25 in the country in passing offense (260.29 passing yards per game)
• Liberty completed 16-of-24 passing attempts, its second fewest completions in a game this season (fewest was 15 vs. Norfolk State)
• Liberty has now finished two games this year with less than 20 completions (15 vs. Norfolk State, 16 vs. Concord)
• The Flames had their sixth pass intercepted on the season against Concord
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 14 in the country in passing efficiency (150.11)
• Liberty completed 16-of-24 passing attempts against Concord, marking the first time in five games the Flames' completion percentage was below 70 percent (66.7 percent)
• The Flames allowed Concord to record three sacks
• Liberty has now allowed five out of seven opponents in 2012 to record three or more sacks in a game
• Liberty currently ranks No. 88 in the country in sacks allowed per game (2.71)
• The Flames finished the game with a season-high 10 third-down conversions (10-of-17)
• The last time the Flames recorded 10 or more third-down conversions in a game was a double-overtime game against Presbyterian College in 2011
• On the season, Liberty now ranks No. 17 in the country in third-down conversion efficiency (47.00 percent/47-of-100)
• For the second time this season, Liberty finished a game with 40-plus minutes of time of possession (40:38 to 19:22)
• Liberty also finished with 40-plus minutes of time of possession against Lehigh (42:25 to 17:35)
• Liberty has now won the time of possession battle in five straight games
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 2 in the country in average time of possession (34:45)
• The Flames were penalized seven times for 60 total yards against Concord
• The figure marked the fourth time in seven games in 2012 Liberty has finished with seven or more penalties in a game
• For the fifth time this season, Liberty lost the turnover battle, giving the ball away once (on an interception) while not forcing a turnover
• The Flames currently rank No. 100 (out of 121 FCS programs in the country) in turnover margin (-0.86/5 turnovers forced to 11 turnovers allowed)
• The Flames scored on 2-of-3 drives that entered the red zone against Concord
• Both of Liberty's scoring drives that crossed over into the red zone resulted in touchdowns
• On the year, Liberty ranks No. 11 in the country in red zone efficiency (91.0 percent)
• The Flames have entered their opponent's red zone 22 times in 2012, scoring 20 times
• Of the 20 red zone scoring drives, 16 have been touchdowns (10 rushing, 6 passing) and four field goals

Defensive Notes against Concord:
• Liberty held Concord to an opponent season-low 177 total offensive yards
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 14 in the country in total defense (305.86 yards allowed per game)
• The Flames have now held four of seven opponents below 300 total offensive yards in a game in 2012
• The last time the Flames held an opponent below 200 total offensive yards in a game was against Kentucky Wesleyan in 2011 (74 yards)
• Concord finished the game with 42 offensive plays, marking a new opponent season low
• Previous opponent season low was 44 offensive plays for Lehigh
• After giving up an early touchdown to Gardner-Webb in the third quarter on Oct. 6, Liberty has surrender 27 points and 558 total offensive yards in the last 148:53 of play (nearly 10 full quarters of football)
• Concord finished the game with 10 total drives and the Mountain Lions were limited to less than 10 yards on six of their 10 drives
• Concord's longest drive of the day was a five-play, 61-yard drive that resulted in a missed field goal
• The one drive where Liberty gave up an offensive touchdown was a one-play, one-yard drive following a 49-yard interception return
• The Flames held their second straight opponent below 20 points
• Liberty held Concord to 47 rushing yards and an opponent season-low 17 rushing attempts
• Liberty has now held its last three opponents to less than 100 rushing yards in a game (98 vs. Gardner-Webb, 56 vs. Presbyterian College and 47 vs. Concord)
• On the year, Liberty has held four of seven opponents to less than 100 rushing yards (Wake Forest rushed for 98 yards in the season opener)
• Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 24 in the country in rushing defense (122.43 rushing yards allowed per game)
• Liberty limited Concord to 130 passing yards, as the Mountain Lions completed only 10-of24 passing attempts
• The contest marked the fifth time this year Liberty has held an opponent to less than 200 passing yards in a game (195 vs. Wake Forest, 92 vs. Norfolk State, 95 vs. Montana, 195 vs. Lehigh and 130 vs. Concord)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 35 in the country in passing defense (184.43 yards allowed per game)
• Concord finished the game with an opponent season-low 10 completions (previous low was 14 by Lehigh)
• Liberty limited Concord to converting on only 4-of-13 third-down plays (30.8 percent)
• Liberty has now held its last five opponents to four or fewer third-down conversions in a game (4-of-17 vs. Montana, 3-of-9 vs. Lehigh, 2-of-7 vs. Gardner-Webb, 1-of-13 vs. Presbyterian College and 4-of-13 vs. Concord)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 7 in the country in third-down conversion defense (28.57 percent/26-of-91)
• Liberty held Concord to six total first downs in the game
• The Flames have held two opponents in 2012 to less than 10 first downs (9 vs. Lehigh, 6 vs. Concord)
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 2 in the country in first downs allowed per game (14.00)
• Concord did manage to score on its lone drive that crossed over into the red zone
• Liberty has now allowed opponents to score on 13-of-15 red zone drives in 2012 (86.7 percent)
• Of the 13 red zone scoring drives, opponents have managed to find the end zone 13 out of 13 times (12 rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 101 (out of 121 FCS programs) in the country in red zone defense
• For the second time this year, Liberty's opponent did not attempt a four-down conversion (also against Wake Forest)
• On the year, Liberty ranks No. 20 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (4-of-11/36.36 percent)

Special Teams Notes against Concord:
• The Flames gave up more than half of their points allowed to Concord on special teams
Aaron Sassaman had his first career field goal attempt blocked (47-yard attempt) and returned 58 yards for a touchdown for the game's first score at 12:57 of the second quarter
• Liberty also finished the game with two blocked kicks
Demetrius Ward blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter
Francis Bah blocked an extra point attempt later in the second quarter
• Liberty now has four blocked kicks on the season
• Liberty finished the game with a season-low 35.0 yards per punt average (five punts/175 yards)
• The Flames had their second-longest punt return of the season on a 22-yard return by Walt Aikens