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Charleston Southern Revisited: News and Notes

November 4, 2012
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Liberty pushed its home Big South Conference win streak to 17-straight games on Saturday, riding the running efforts of Aldreakis Allen to a 26-12 win over Charleston Southern.

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.

Charleston Southern News and Notes

Series with Charleston Southern:
• Liberty leads the overall series 18-2
• Since Big South play began in 2002, Liberty is 10-1 against Charleston Southern
• Liberty has won seven-straight games against Charleston Southern
• Liberty and Charleston Southern have faced each other 20-straight seasons
• Liberty is now 10-1 when facing Charleston Southern at Williams Stadium
• Charleston Southern is the first opponent Liberty has faced 20 or more times on the gridiron

Attendance Numbers Notes:
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 9 nationally in total attendance (83,491), No. 12 in average home attendance (16,698) and No. 22 in filling stadium capacity (86.97 percent)
• The game was the fifth highest FCS attended game in the country this past weekend
• Liberty will enter the Stony Brook game needing 15,025 fans to attend in order to break the all-time single-season stadium attendance record (98,515 set in 2011)
• Liberty will enter the Stony Brook game needing 16,510 fans in attendance to surpass the 100,000 mark in home attendance for the first time in program history

Charleston Southern Highlights:
• Liberty won for the fourth time in its last five games
• Liberty extended its Big South record home conference winning streak to 17 games
• Liberty's last lost a Big South game at home on Oct. 21, 2006 to Gardner-Webb (L/ 21-24)
• The Flames opened the month of November with a victory for the fourth-straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years

Offensive Highlights against Charleston Southern:
• The Flames finished the game with 410 total offensive yards
• Liberty has finished five out of nine games in 2012 with 400 or more total offensive yards
• Liberty currently ranks No. 9 in the country in total offense, averaging 422.44 yards per game
• Liberty finished the game averaging 6.5 yards per offensive play
• Liberty's 6.5 yards per offensive play average was its third highest of the season (7.4 vs. Gardner-Webb and 9.4 vs. Presbyterian College)
• Liberty finished the game with its fewest total offensive plays of the season (63)
• Liberty has finished with less than 70 total offensive plays in a game only three times in 2012 (63 vs. Charleston Southern, 68 vs. Norfolk State and 69 vs. Gardner-Webb)
• The Flames finished their seventh-straight game with 20 or more first downs (Liberty has 21 against Charleston Southern)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 35 in the country in first down offense (21.44 first downs per game)
• Liberty finished the game with a season high 15 rushing first downs (previous season high was 14 rushing first downs against Presbyterian College)
• Liberty has now finished four games in 2012 with 10 or more rushing first downs
• Liberty came into the Charleston Southern game averaging 8.25 rushing first downs per game
• The Flames finished the game with a season low four passing first downs
• Liberty has finished only three games in 2012 with less than 10 passing first downs (4 vs. Charleston Southern, 8 vs. Norfolk State and 9 vs. Concord)
• Liberty came into the Charleston Southern game averaging 12.13 passing first downs per game
• The Flames finished the game rushing for 302 yards on 44 rushing attempts
• Liberty currently ranks No. 30 in the country in rushing offense (188.11 average rushing yards per game)
• Liberty finished the game averaging 6.9 yards per rush, its second-highest single-game average of the season (highest was 9.1 average against Presbyterian College)
• 73.66 percent of Liberty's total offensive yards came from its rushing attack (410 total offensive yards, 302 rushing yards, 108 passing yards)
• Liberty has rushed for 200 or more yards three out of its last four games and four times this season (241 vs. Lehigh, 429 vs. Presbyterian College, 233 vs. Concord, 302 vs. Charleston Southern)
• During the first five games of the year, Liberty averaged 128.6 rushing yards per game (643 total rushing yards) and had four rushing touchdowns
• In comparison, during the last four games, Liberty is averaging 262.5 rushing yards per game (1,050 rushing yards) and has rushed for 12 touchdowns
• The Flames finished the Charleston Southern game with a season-low 108 passing yards
• After passing for 200 or more yards in five out of the first six games of the year, Liberty has failed to reach the 200-yard passing plateau in the last three games (173 vs. Concord, 179 vs. Coastal Carolina and 108 vs. Charleston Southern)
• The Flames also finished the game with a season low 12 completions (previous low was 15 vs. Norfolk State) and 19 passing attempts (previous low was 24 vs. Concord)
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game without committing an interception, marking the third time the Flames have not thrown an interception in a game this year
• Liberty won the time of possession battle for the seventh straight game (31:14 to 28:46)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 3 in the country in average time of possession (34:00)
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game converting on 5-of-12 third-down plays
• The five third-down conversions are the second fewest the Flames have had in a game in 2012 (fewest was 4 against Gardner-Webb/4-of-11)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 23 in the country in third-down conversion efficiency (44.96 percent/58-of-129)
• For the second-straight game, Liberty picked up a first down on a fourth-down play, converting on 1-of-2 fourth-down opportunities
• On the year, Liberty has picked up a first down on 4-of-11 fourth-down plays
• Liberty ranks No. 98 in the country in fourth-down conversion efficiency (36.36 percent/4-of-11)
• The Flames finished the Charleston Southern game scoring on 1-of-2 drives that penetrated the red zone
• Liberty's one scoring drive in the red zone resulted in the Flames lone passing touchdown (five-yard pass play from Josh Woodrum to Nicky Fualaau)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 21 in the country in red zone scoring efficiency (88.0 percent)
• Liberty has scored on 22-of-25 drives that have entered the red zone
• Liberty has scored 10 rushing touchdowns, eight passing touchdowns and four field goals
• For the second time this season, Liberty did not allow a sack in a game (also against Presbyterian College)
• Coming into the game, Liberty's opponents were average 2.63 sacks per game against the Flames
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game with a season low three penalties for 35 yards (previous low was four penalties against Lehigh and 38 penalty yards against Gardner-Webb)
• Coming into the Charleston Southern game, Liberty was average 6.88 penalties per game and 52.13 average penalties yards per game
• For the first time this year, Liberty finished a game without a turnover
• On the year, the Flames still rank No. 109 (out of 121 FCS programs) in turnover margin (-1.00)
• Liberty has committed 14 turnovers and gained five turnovers in nine games in 2012

Defensive Highlights against Charleston Southern:
• Liberty limited Charleston Southern to 12 points, the second fewest by a Flames opponent in 2012 (fewest was 7 by Presbyterian College)
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 306 total offensive yards
• Charleston Southern became the fifth opponent in 2012 to finish with 300 or more total offensive yards in a game against the Flames
• Liberty ranks No. 19 in the country in total defense (allowing an average of 310.67 yards per game)
• Liberty limited Charleston Southern to 13 first downs, which was the third fewest by a Flames opponent in 2012 (6 by Concord and 9 by Lehigh)
• Liberty ranks No. 3 in the country in first down defense (allowing an average of 14.00 first downs per game)
• Charleston Southern finished the game with seven first downs by passing plays, tying for the third highest total by a Liberty opponent this season (14 by Gardner-Webb, 13 by Presbyterian College, 7 by Wake Forest and Charleston Southern)
• Liberty limited Charleston Southern to six rushing first downs, which tied for the fourth fewest rushing first downs allowed by Liberty in 2012 (2 by Presbyterian College and Concord, 3 by Lehigh and 6 by Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern)
• Liberty held Charleston Southern to 122 rushing yards
• Liberty currently ranks No. 32 in the country in rushing defense (133.89 rushing yards allowed per game)
• Liberty has held six of its nine opponents to less than 125 rushing yards in a game (47 by Concord, 56 by Presbyterian College, 98 by Wake Forest and Gardner-Webb, 106 by Lehigh and 122 by Charleston Southern)
• Charleston Southern was limited to 2.9 yards per rushing attempt during the game, marking the fourth time this season Liberty has held an opponent to less than 3.0 yards per carry (2.2 by Presbyterian College, 2.6 by Wake Forest and Concord, 2.9 by Charleston Southern)
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 184 passing yards
• Liberty has held seven of nine opponents to less than 200 passing yards per game
• Liberty ranks No. 21 in the country in passing defense (176.78 passing yards allowed per game)
• The Flames allowed only their seventh passing touchdown of the season to Charleston Southern
• Only seven FCS programs in the country have allowed less than seven passing touchdowns in 2012 (5 by North Carolina A&T, 6 by Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Brown, Indiana State, North Dakota State, Samford, South Dakota State and Wofford)
• Charleston Southern averaged 10.2 yards per passing play against the Flames, the second highest average per play Liberty has allowed in 2012 (highest was 12.0 yards per passing play by Gardner-Webb)
• Charleston Southern finished the game converting on 3-of-15 third-down plays
• Liberty ranks No. 11 in the country in third-down efficiency defense (31.15 percent/38-of-122)
• Liberty has held seven out of nine opponents in 2012 to five or fewer third-down conversions in a game
• Charleston Southern finished the game with an opponent season high 3-of-4 on fourth-down conversions
• Coming into the game, the Flames have held opponents to 4-of-11 on fourth-down conversion attempts
• Charleston Southern was able to score on 1-of-2 drives that crossed into the red zone
• On the season, Liberty ranks No. 88 in the country in red zone scoring defense, as opponents are scoring 85.0 percent of the time they cross over into the red zone (17-of-20)
• Of the 17 scoring red zone drives, 14 times the opponent has scored a rushing touchdown
• For the second straight game and the third time this season, Liberty did not have a sack
• Through nine games in 2012, Liberty has recorded 11 sacks and ranks No. 99 in the country (out of 121 FCS programs) in sacks per game (1.22)
• The Flames finished the game with 41 solo tackles, the third time in the last four games the Flames have finished with 40 or more solo stops
• On the year, 55.8 percent of Liberty's tackles have been solo tackles (311) and 44.2 percent have been assisted tackles (246)
• The Flames finished the game with three pass breakups, its third highest single-game total of the year (6 vs. Lehigh, 4 vs. Concord and 3 vs. Charleston Southern)

Special Teams Highlights against Charleston Southern:
• Liberty (56) and Charleston Southern (58) combined for a season low 114 total return yards
• The Flames had their lowest punting average of the year, averaging 31.8 yards per punt against the Buccaneers (five punts for 159 yards)
• Two of Liberty's five punts did pin Charleston Southern inside of its 20-yard line
• Liberty forced Charleston Southern to punt an opponent season high eight times (also forced Wake Forest and Presbyterian College to punt eight times)
• Liberty only had two kickoff returns during the game, but did average 27.5 yards per return
• Liberty ranks No. 27 in the country in kickoff return average (22.50 yards per return)
• The Flames limited Charleston Southern to an average of 14.0 yards per kickoff return (three returns for 42 yards)
• Liberty currently ranks No. 2 in the country in kickoff return defense (allowing an average of 13.67 yards per kickoff return)
• The Flames finished the game with a season high four punt returns that were limited to just one combined punt return yard
• Charleston Southern did have one punt return for 16 yards
• Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 118 (out of 121 FCS programs) in punt return defense (allowing an average of 17.40 yards per punt return)
• Liberty missed its first two point-after attempts of the season against Charleston Southern (one was blocked and one was missed)