The Flames closed out their 2013 season with a resounding 56-14 road victory over No. 18/16 Charleston Southern, claiming their sixth Big South title in seven years, Saturday.
Included with today's news and notes are radio highlights from the contest courtesy of the Liberty Flames Sports Network's radio crew, plus Coach Turner Gill's postgame interview with LFSN radio sideline reporter Kevin Keys.
Throughout the season, LibertyFlames.com ran a similar feature online each Sunday, spotlighting the notable accomplishments and numbers from the previous day's gridiron battle.
Series with Charleston Southern: • Liberty leads the overall series, 19-2 • Liberty has won 11 out of 12 games between the two teams since starting Big South play in 2002 • Saturday marked the 21st-consecutive meeting between the two schools, the longest series in program history for the Flames • Liberty is 9-1 when facing Charleston Southern on the road • Liberty has scored 30 or more points in seven out of the 10 meetings at CSU Stadium • Liberty has scored twice as many points as Charleston Southern in the 10 games at CSU Stadium (Liberty 355, Charleston Southern 164) • Liberty is averaging 35.5 points per game when facing Charleston Southern at Buccaneer Field • Liberty has defeated Charleston Southern twice when the Buccaneers have been nationally ranked (Liberty defeated No. 24 Charleston Southern, 34-20, at home on Nov. 11, 2006)
Versus Ranked Opponents: • Liberty is 13-48 all-time against nationally ranked teams • Liberty faced its third nationally ranked team in Charleston Southern, marking the third-straight year the Flames have face three or more ranked opponents • Liberty is 2-6 all-time in games against ranked opponents under head coach Turner Gill • Liberty's first win over a Top 25 team under head coach Turner Gill took place last year when the Flames upset No. 6/4 Stony Brook, 28-14, at home on Nov. 10, 2012 • Liberty's win over Charleston Southern marked the second-highest ranked opponent Liberty has beaten on the road in program history • Liberty's win over Charleston Southern on Saturday marked the fourth time in program history the Flames have concluded a season with a win over at Top 25 Division I ranked team (1990 – Liberty beat No. 15 North Carolina A&T, 45-24, at home; 1997 – Liberty beat No. 15 Appalachian State, 25-19, on the road; 2008 – Liberty beat No. 12 Elon, 26-3, at home; 2013 – Liberty beat No. 18/16 Charleston Southern, 56-14, on the road)
Noting November: • The Flames won their fourth game in the month of November on Saturday with a 54-14 victory over Brevard • Since the 2006 season, Liberty has posted a 21-4 record in the 11th month of the year • Since the 2003 season, Liberty has posted a 27-7 record in the 11th month of the year • Liberty was 3-0 last year in the month of November during its first season under head coach Turner Gill (W/ 26-12 vs. Charleston Southern; W/ 28-14 vs. No. 6 Stony Brook; W/ 33-14 at VMI) • Liberty is now a perfect 7-0 in games played under head coach Turner Gill during November • During the last 11 seasons, Liberty has posted a perfect record in November six times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013) • During the 2003 season, Liberty finished the month of November with a 4-0 record, marking the only other time Liberty has won four games in the 11th month of the year in program history
What the Win over Charleston Southern meant to Liberty: • Liberty claimed its sixth Big South title in the last season years, tying Coastal Carolina for the most Big South titles in league history • 2007 (outright title before BSC had AQ to NCAA FCS Playoffs) • 2008 (outright title before BSC had AQ to NCAA FCS Playoffs) • 2009 (shared title with Stony Brook and SBU claimed BSC AQ with head-to-head win over Liberty) • 2010 (shared title with Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook and CCU claimed AQ based up BSC three-way tiebreaker/defensive points allowed in BSC games) • 2012 (shared tied with Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook and CCU claimed AQ based upon BSC three-way tiebreaker/road conference records) • 2013 (shared tied with Coastal Carolina and CCU claimed BSC AQ with head-to-head win over Liberty) • Liberty claimed its eighth victory of the year, marking the ninth time in program history the Flames have posted eight or more wins in a season (1979, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013) • Liberty won its fifth game in a row, the first five-game winning streak under head coach Turner Gill and the Flames' first five-game winning streak since Liberty won six straight midway through the 2011 season • Liberty won its last game of the season for the eighth time in the last 12 seasons (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013) • Liberty defeated a Top 20 ranked program in its final game of the year for the second time in the last six seasons (Liberty wrapped up the 2008 season with a 26-3 victory over No. 12 Elon at home on Nov. 22) • Liberty gave head coach Turner Gill his eighth victory of the season, marking the second time in his eight seasons as a head coach with eight victories (Gill guided Buffalo to a MAC Championship and International Bowl appearance in 2008 with an 8-6 record)
Big South Title Review: • With its win over Charleston Southern Saturday, Liberty claimed its sixth Big South title in the last seven years • Liberty is now tied with Coastal Carolina for the most Big South titles in conference history • During the last seven seasons, Liberty has posted a 33-5 record in Big South play
Senior Class Salute: • On Saturday, Liberty's 18-member senior class played their final collegiate game of football • This year's senior class has posted a 29-16 record during their four-year careers at Liberty, which is tied for the fourth most wins by a senior class in program history • This year's senior class has posted an 19-4 record in Big South play during their four-year careers • This year's senior class has won three Big South titles (2010, 2012 and 2013) • This year's senior class members include: Walt Aikens, Aldreakis Allen, Brandon Apon, Francis Bah, Sorie Bayoh, Grant Bowden, Malcolm Boyd, Aaron Dial, Jibrille Fewell, Kevin Fogg, Cory Freeman, Peter Gagliardi, Scott Hyland, Michael Johnson, Chris Mayo, Greg Pratt, Hunter Steward and Richard Wright
Team Notes from the Charleston Southern game: • For the fourth time this year and the third time in the last six games, Liberty scored more than 50 points in a game in 2013 • Liberty finishes its year ranked No. 15 in the country, averaging 37.3 points per game • Liberty finished the 2013 season scoring 447 points, the second most points scored in a season in program history (program record is 469 points scored in 2007) • For the sixth time this year, Liberty finished a game with 400-plus yards of total offense, as Liberty racked up 448 yards against Charleston Southern • Liberty finishes its year averaging 420.8 yards of total offense per game, which ranks No. 36 in the country • For the second time in a row and the fourth time in 2013, Liberty scored five rushing touchdowns in a game • Liberty finishes its season with a program-record 36 rushing touchdowns (previous record was 32 rushing touchdowns in 2007) • Liberty currently ranks No. 6 in the country with 36 rushing touchdowns • Liberty's quarterbacks finished the Charleston Southern completing 82.8 percent of their pass attempts (24-o-29), marking a season single-game season high • Liberty's 82.8 completion percentage ties the program's single-game record, as it matches the Flames total against James Madison in 2011 (Liberty also finished that game 24-of-29) • Liberty finished the game with three passing touchdowns, marking the fourth time in 2013 the Flames threw for three touchdowns in a game • Liberty picked up a first down on 7-of-10 third-down plays against Charleston Southern (70.0 percent) • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 11 in the country in third-down conversion percentage (47.3 percent/69-of-146) • Liberty reversed the tables on Charleston Southern, who came into the game ranked No. 1 in the country in average time of possession (34:48), winning the time of possession battle by 18:02 (39:01 to 20:59) • Liberty won the time of possession battle during the last eight games of the year and finishes its season ranked No. 21 in the country in average time of possession (32:06) • For the second week in a row and the third time this year, Liberty finished a game without giving up a sack • Liberty finished the season ranked No. 21 in the country in sacks allowed per game (1.17) • The Charleston Southern contest marked the third time this year Liberty has finished a game without a turnover • Liberty finished its season tied for No. 1 in the country, having allowed 11 turnovers in 2013 • The Flames finished the year +15 in the turnover battle and rank No. 3 in turnover margin (+1.3) • Liberty forced opponents to commit 26 turnovers, which ranks No. 18 in the country in turnovers gained • Liberty limited Charleston Southern to 14 points, marking the sixth time in 2013 the Flames have held an opponent to two touchdowns or less in a game • Liberty finishes its year ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game) • Charleston Southern finished the game with 249 total offensive yards, the eighth opponent the Flames have limited to less than 300 yards in a game in 2013 • Liberty finishes its year ranked No. 9 in the country in total defense (313.9 total offensive yards allowed per game) • Charleston Southern rushed for one touchdown, giving Liberty's opponents 12 rushing touchdowns on the season (one shy of the program record for fewest rushing touchdowns allowed – 11 in 2010) • For the second week in a row and the third time this year, Liberty held an opponent to less than 100 passing yards in a game (Charleston Southern had 59) • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 17 in the country in fewest passing yards allowed per game (178.6) • Liberty tied a season high with four interceptions (also had four interceptions against Kentucky Wesleyan) • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 2 in the country in total interceptions (19) • Charleston Southern finished the game with an opponent season high 14 penalties for 87 yards • Liberty finished the game with five penalties for 50 yards • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 24 in the country in fewest penalties per game (4.92) and No. 14 in fewest penalty yards per game (43.00) • Liberty scored on seven of its nine drives that reached the red zone against Charleston Southern • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 16 in the country in red zone offense, scoring on 87.3 percent of drives that crossed the opponent's 20-yard line (48-of-55) • Charleston Southern scored on its lone drive that enter Liberty's 20-yard line on Saturday • Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 4 in the country in red zone defense, allowing opponents to score 66.7 percent of the time (20-of-30)
Player Points against Charleston Southern: • Desmond Rice finished the game with two rushing touchdowns, his fifth multiple rushing touchdown game of the year • Desmond Rice finishes the season with 16 rushing touchdowns, tying Lawrence Worthington for second place on Liberty's season top five listing (record is 17 rushing touchdowns by Rashad Jennings in 2008) • Desmond Rice finishes his junior year with a career-best 967 rushing yards • Josh Woodrum recorded his fifth rushing touchdown of the season • Josh Woodrum finished the game 23-of-28, completing 82.1 percent of his pass attempts • Josh Woodrum posted his second-straight and third overall game of the year with three passing touchdowns • Josh Woodrum finished the contest with 239 passing yards, giving him a career-best 2,581 passing yards on the season • Josh Woodrum finishes the season with 2,581 passing yards, which ranks second in Liberty's record books among passing yards by a sophomore quarterback (school record is 3,076 by Robby Justino in 1991) • Josh Woodrum finishes his sophomore season with 19 passing touchdowns, which is tied for fourth in single-season program history (also finished with 19 passing touchdowns was Antwan Chiles in 1994 and Brock Smith in 2007 and 2008) • Dante Shells caught his first career touchdown in the game, an 18-yard reception from Josh Woodrum early in the second quarter • Peter Gagliardi recorded his first touchdown of the season and the second of his career with a six-yard pass from Josh Woodrum early in the fourth quarter • For the second game in a row and the fifth time this year, Grant Bowden finished a game averaging 40.0 or more yards per punt (two punts for 80 yards/40.0 avg.) • John Lunsford connected on all eight of his extra point attempts and finishes the 2013 season a perfect 53-of-53 on extra point attempts • John Lunsford's 53 extra points ranks second in single-season program history (Noah Greenbaum holds the school record with 56 extra points in 2007) • Walt Aikens led the Flames in total tackles with all eight of his stops being solo tackles • Scott Hyland finished the game with three solo tackles and finishes his career as Liberty's active career tackles leader with 175 career tackles • For the fourth game in a row, Jacob Hagen finished a game with an interception • Jacob Hagen finished the Charleston Southern game with two interceptions, giving him six on the season • Jacob Hagen is tied for the national lead in total interceptions (6) and ranks tied for seventh in interceptions per game (0.5) • Kenny Scott finished the Charleston Southern game with five tackles and will enter next year needing one more tackle to become the next member of Liberty's 100-career tackle list
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