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Liberty Football Game Notes: No. 18/18 Liberty vs. Georgia State
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. (EST) Official Kickoff: 3:34 p.m. (EST)
TV Coverage: ESPN3 Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Stewart Color Commentator: Wayne Gandy Sideline Reporter: None Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 2 p.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce, Jamie Hall and Matt Camire
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines 1. No. 18/18 Liberty will continue its four-game road swing on Saturday, when the Flames meet Georgia State for the first time in program history, inside the Georgia Dome. 2. Liberty will be seeking its fourth all-time win over an FBS opponent, including its second straight victory over a Sun Belt foe. See page 3 of the game notes for the Flames' history against the FBS and Sun Belt Conference. 3. The Flames will play inside a domed facility for the first time since 2003 and in an NFL stadium for the first time since 2001. Liberty has never won a game in either a dome or an NFL stadium. See page 3 of the game notes for the Flames' history in these types of facilities. 4. Liberty Head Coach Turner Gill, Liberty Wide Receivers Coach Ron Brown and Georgia State Defensive Line Coach Tony Samuel all served on Tom Osborne's staff during Nebraska's back-to-back national championship seasons in 1994 and 1995. See page 3 of the game notes for other connections between the two teams. 5. Josh Woodrum, who leads all active FCS quarterbacks with 8,499 career passing yards, is seeking his 25th career win as starting QB. See page 4 of the game notes for other milestones within reach on Saturday. 6. Something has to give on Saturday, as the Flames have lost three straight road games and the Panthers have dropped six consecutive home games. See page 4 of the game notes for more about what's at stake. 7. WR B.J. Farrow was named Big South Freshman of the Week after tallying 101 receiving yards at Southern Illinois. Read more about Farrow and the Flames' other wideouts starting on page 6 of the game notes. 8. K John Lunsford hit a 57-yard field goal at Southern Illinois and has now made the four longest FGs by a FCS kicker during the last two seasons. See page 9 of the game notes for more on the senior kicker. 9. Senior DL Chima Uzowihe is tied for No. 3 nationally with 5.5 sacks this season. See page 14 of the game notes for the Flames' other national and conference statistical rankings. 10. QBs Stephon Masha (Marietta) and Bo Swanson (Peachtree Corners) and OL Michael Henderman (Tyrone) all hail from the Atlanta area. See page 19 of the game notes for a map of the Flames' home states and nations.
"4 Downs" with the Panthers 1 - Saturday's clash will mark the first-ever meeting between Liberty and Georgia State. The Panthers are the second consecutive first-time opponent for the Flames, following last Saturday's trip to Southern Illinois. 2 - Liberty will be seeking its second win all-time in a game played in Georgia. The Flames are 1-4 all-time in the Peach State, with a 28-0 win over Savannah State in its most recent visit to Georgia (Sept. 23, 2006) and two losses each to Georgia Southern (1984 and 1996) and West Georgia (1984 and 1986). 3 - Three current Liberty players hail from the greater Atlanta area, including QBs Stephon Masha (Marietta) and Bo Swanson (Peachtree Corners) and OL Michael Henderman (Tyrone). Additionally, Georgia State will be Liberty's third consecutive opponent entering its matchup with the Flames coming off of a bye week. 4 - Georgia State plays its home games at the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Saturday's game will mark Liberty's fourth contest all-time at an NFL stadium. The Flames dropped three contests to USF at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Raymond James Stadium in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The Flames have played four previous games in domed stadiums, going 0-3-1 at ETSU's Memorial Center in Johnson City, Tenn., between 1985 and 2003.
Milestone Watch 2 - John Lunsford is 2 points away from becoming the third kicker in program history and the fifth kicker in Big South Conference annals with 250 career points. 6 - With 6 more tackles, Wesley Scott will become the third active Flame with 100 career stops, joining Nick Newman and Chima Uzowihe. 25 - If Liberty is victorious on Saturday, it would mark the Flames' 25th win with Josh Woodrum as starting quarterback. 25 - D.J. Abnar (24 career touchdowns), Desmond Rice (23) and Darrin Peterson (22) are all within striking distance of scoring their 25th career touchdown on Saturday. 31 - D.J. Abnar is 31 rushing yards shy of 2,000 for his career. 44/91 - Darrin Peterson needs 44 receiving yards to become the third WR in Liberty history and the sixth WR in Big South annals with 2,500 career receiving yards. With a 91-yard day, Peterson would leapfrog Kelvin Edwards (1982-85) for second place on the Flames' all-time list.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Serve as the team's first road victory of 2015, snapping the Flames' three-game road losing streak dating back to 2014. • Improve the Flames' all-time record against Sun Belt opponents to 2-0. • Mark the Flames' second straight year with a triumph over a Sun Belt foe. • Give the Flames their fourth all-time win over an FBS opponent. • Enable the Flames to record FBS triumphs in back-to-back seasons for the first time. • Improve the Flames' all-time mark to 2-4 when playing in Georgia. • Be the Flames' fourth consecutive victory when playing on Oct. 3. • Give the Flames their first-ever victory when playing in an NFL stadium (in four tries) and their first win inside a domed facility (in five tries). • Send Georgia State to its seventh consecutive home loss.
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