The Flames saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, falling, 38-19, to Indiana State at Memorial Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes are video highlights from Liberty's third road contest of the year against the Sycamores. 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.
Series with Indiana State: • The win gives Indiana State a 2-0 lead in the overall series • Yesterday's meeting was the first for the two teams since 1996, when Indiana State won, 34-10, in Lynchburg at Williams Stadium • Liberty is now 3-11 all-time against teams from the Missouri Valley Football Conference
Team Talking Points: • The loss snapped Liberty's three-game winning streak and gave the Flames their second loss in three road games this season • Indiana State outscored the Flames 21-10 during the second quarter and held a 245-101 total offensive yards advantage and a 9:55 to 5:05 time of possession edge during the decisive period • Liberty was held to 341 total offensive yards during the game, its second-lowest offensive output of the 2014 season • After allowing opponents to rush for an average of 203.7 yards per game the first three games this year, Indiana State limited Liberty to 33 yards on 22 carries (1.5 average yards per carry) • For the third game in a row, Liberty finished with 300-plus passing yards (308) and now ranks No. 14 in the country in passing offense (270.2 passing yards per game) • Liberty allowed Indiana State to finish with an opponent season-high three sacks during the game (had allowed three total sacks during the first four games of the year) • Liberty finished the game 1-of-11 on third-down conversion attempts (only third-down conversion came during the third quarter) and now ranks No. 87 in the country in third-down conversion percentage (32.1 percent/17-of-53) • For the second game in a row, Liberty finished with double-digit first downs by passing plays (17 vs. Bryant; 15 vs. Indiana State) and is now averaging 56.1 percent of its first downs by passing plays this year (55-of-98) • After finishing the previous three games without a turnover, Liberty committed four turnovers against Indiana State • Indiana State finished the game with 468 total offensive yards, the most by a Flames' opponent since Liberty allowed 554 yards to Coastal Carolina in 2013 • Liberty has allowed three out of five opponents to amass 400-plus total offensive yards this season (443 by North Carolina; 425 by Brevard; 468 by Indiana State) • Liberty entered the Indiana State game ranked No. 2 in the country in passing defense (allowing 107.5 passing yards per game), but allowed the Sycamores to throw for 340 yards (most by an opponent since Old Dominion threw for 450 yards last year) • Indiana State scored six of seven times they entered the red zone yesterday (five touchdowns and a field goal) and Liberty now ranks No. 102 nationally in red zone defense (90.5 percent conversion rate/19-of-21, including 18 touchdowns) • Liberty finished the game with three sacks, its second- highest total of the year (Liberty had six sacks against Norfolk State) • Liberty forced two Sycamore turnovers during the game after Indiana State entered the contest without committing a turnover during its first three games of 2014
Notable Player Points: • RB D.J. Abnar carried the ball 15 times for 50 yards and finished with his second-lowest yards per rush average this season at 3.3 (also finished the North Carolina game with the same average) • QB Josh Woodrum posted his third-consecutive 300-yard passing game, finishing the contest against Indiana State with 308 passing yards • Following the game, QB Josh Woodrum now ranks third in program history with six career 300-yard passing performances • QB Josh Woodrum needs 102 passing yards and two more passing touchdowns to enter Liberty's career top five in both categories (5,898 career passing yards and 38 passing touchdowns) • WR Darrin Peterson finished the game with a career-high 12 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown • WR Darrin Peterson posted his third-straight 100-yard receiving game, marking the sixth time in program history a Liberty wide receiver has finished three or more consecutive games with 100-plus receiving yards • WR Darrin Peterson now has seven career 100-yard receiving games, which ranks fourth best in program history • WR Darrin Peterson currently ranks No. 1 in the country in receiving yards in 2014 (573) • WR Dante Shells finished the game with a career-high 96 receiving yards, including a career-long touchdown reception of 71 yards • WR Dante Shells has now caught a pass of 35 or more yards in four-straight contests • WR Gabe Henderson finished the game with two receptions for 22 yards, making him Liberty's second active wide receiver with 1,000 career receiving yards (1,018) • P Trey Turner finished the game averaging 42.2 yards per punt (six punts, 253 yards), his fourth game in five contests averaging more than 40 yards per punt • P Trey Turner pinned Indiana State inside its own 20-yard line on four of six punts, including two punts inside the five-yard line • RS Joshua Smith returned the first five kickoffs of his Liberty career, finishing the game with five returns for 87 yards, including a long return of 26 yards • K John Lunsford connected on both of his field goal attempts (22 and 48 yards) and now has nine career field goals of 40 or more yards • K John Lunsford was successful on his lone extra point attempt, giving him 70 consecutive extra points (second-longest streak in program history – 82 by Mark DeMoss) • CB Wesley Scott finished the game with 11 tackles to lead the Flames, nearly doubling his season total (came into the game with 12 tackles) • LB Nick Sigmon finished the game with one tackle before he left with an injury, leaving him one tackle shy of 200 career stops (looking to become the first Liberty player with 200 career tackles since Nick Hursky in 2008)
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