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Liberty Football Game Notes: Liberty vs. Presbyterian
Game Time: 2 p.m. Official Kickoff: 2:05 p.m.
TV Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – TV • Liberty Channel (Lynchburg market) • WSET 13.2 Digital/RTV (Lynchburg market) • ESPN3 (National market) • KTV (National market – Dish Network Channel 264) • See complete Game Day Broadcast Distribution list Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley Color Commentator: Matt Warner Sideline Reporter: Lyndsay Keith and Chierstin Susel Halftime/Postgame Reporters: Erin Hagen, Rett McGibbon, Paul Rutigliano and Clement Townsend
Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 12:30 p.m. Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce, Matt Camire and Jamie Hall
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines 1. Liberty and Presbyterian will both try to remain in the thick of the Big South championship hunt Saturday afternoon. The Flames and Blue Hose are each coming off of staunch defensive efforts, as Liberty pitched its second shutout of the season and PC held its fifth opponent to 14 points or fewer. 2. The Flames will aim to extend numerous streaks, as Liberty has won five straight games versus PC, seven consecutive November tilts and seven straight Big South road openers. 3. Liberty and Presbyterian have combined for three victories over nationally ranked FCS opponents in 2014. See page 3 of the game notes for more information on their head-to-head series which dates back to 1982. 4. QB Josh Woodrum needs 349 yards to become the fourth player in Liberty and Big South Conference history to record 7,000 career passing yards. See page 4 of the game notes for more milestones within reach on Saturday. 5. The last time Liberty played on Nov. 1, the Flames lost a 31-28 decision at Presbyterian in 2008. See page 4 of the game notes for more information on Liberty's six previous Nov. 1 matchups in program history. 6. Liberty held Gardner-Webb to an opponent record-low -17 rushing yards last Saturday. Read page 5 of the game notes for more information on the Flames' record-breaking defensive effort. 7. WR Dante Shells is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard receiving games and has eight catches of 35 yards or longer in 2014. See page 6 of the game notes for more information on Liberty's offensive standouts. 8. K John Lunsford now owns the program record with 85 straight extra points made. See page 7 of the game notes for more on the Flames' defense and special teams players. 9. Liberty has played its last three games in front of crowds larger than 20,000 fans. See page 8 of the game notes for the Flames' all-time single-game attendance records. 10. The Flames have racked up 34 or more points in five of their last six games and rank No. 19 nationally with 35.9 ppg this season. See page 11 of the game notes for the rest of Liberty's national statistical rankings.
"4 Downs" with the Blue Hose 1 - Presbyterian has recorded one victory over Liberty in the last 29 seasons, a 31-28 triumph in Clinton six years ago today (Nov. 1, 2008). The Flames entered that game ranked No. 17 nationally and finished the 2008 season at 10-2. Additionally, PC has posted one winning season at the FCS level, going 6-5 in 2007. 2 - Liberty has won two consecutive contests at Bailey Memorial Stadium, part of its current five-game winning streak versus the Blue Hose. The last time the Flames played in Clinton (Oct. 13, 2012), they racked up a program-record 692 yards of total offense in a 56-7 victory. 3 - This Presbyterian team is battle-tested, having already faced three FCS Top 25 foes (No. 12 Furman, No. 3 Coastal Carolina and No. 22 Charleston Southern) and two FBS opponents (Northern Illinois and NC State). Still to come on the Blue Hose schedule is a Nov. 8 visit to Ole Miss, who is 7-1 and ranked No. 7 nationally at the FBS level. Liberty and PC have combined for three victories over nationally ranked FCS opponents this season. 4 - Saturday's contest will mark PC's fourth straight week facing a Big South foe. The Blue Hose will only have one conference game remaining (Nov. 15 at Gardner-Webb) following their matchup with the Flames.
Milestone Watch 2 - Jacob Hagen needs two stops to become the second Flame to reach 200 career tackles in as many weeks, after Nick Sigmon achieved the milestone against Gardner-Webb. 3 - With 176 career points, John Lunsford needs three more to overtake Jay Kelley (1998-02) for fifth place on Liberty's all-time list for scoring among kickers. 6 - Dylan Lewellyn is six tackles shy of 100 for his career. He would become the fourth active Flame with 100 or more career stops, joining Nick Sigmon, Jacob Hagen and Kenny Scott. 100 - Dante Shells is aiming to become the sixth player in program history to record three consecutive 100-yard receiving efforts. Teammate Darrin Peterson reached the century mark in four straight games earlier this season. This would be the first time two different Flames have ever achieved the feat in the same year. 349 - Josh Woodrum needs 349 passing yards to become the fourth quarterback in Liberty and Big South Conference history to throw for 7,000 career yards.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Mark the Flames' sixth straight win over Presbyterian, including three consecutive victories in Clinton. • Keep the Flames undefeated in the month of November under Turner Gill, at 8-0. • Give Liberty a victory in its Big South Conference road opener for the eighth straight season. • Extend the Flames' Big South road winning streak to four games and push Liberty's record to 16-4 in its last 20 conference road tilts. • Boost Liberty's overall 2014 record to 6-3, giving the Flames their best mark through nine games since the 2011 Flames started 6-3. • Enable the Flames to start out at 2-0 in Big South play for the seventh time in eight seasons. • Give Turner Gill his 20th win in his third season as Liberty's head coach.
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