Following Wednesday afternoon's practice, Liberty Head Football Coach Turner Gill updated the media on the Flames' progress as they prepare for their NCAA FCS Playoff first round matchup.
Both No. 20/23 Liberty and No. 15/15 James Madison experienced some difficulties with their practices on Wednesday. The Flames practiced with limited lighting on the Williams Stadium field during the second half of practice due to a power outage on campus.
The Dukes were forced to move their practice inside a gym on James Madison's campus due to the nearly six inches of snowfall in Harrisonburg throughout the day.
The Commonwealth battle will mark the 18th meeting between the two programs and the first since 2011. James Madison was victorious the last time the two teams met on the gridiron. Dukes' kicker Cameron Strakes knocked down a 40-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 27-24 victory at Williams Stadium on Sept. 27.
James Madison is making its first appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 2011 and its 11th total in program history. The Dukes' most notable playoff run came in 2004 when James Madison capture the FCS national championship.
For Liberty, Saturday's game at Bridgeforth Stadium will be the Flames' first-ever NCAA FCS Playoff appearance. Liberty captured its seventh Big South title and the league's automatic bid to the postseason by knocking off No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina, 15-14, last weekend in Conway, S.C.
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