Following four-straight road games, the Flames returned home on Saturday and thrilled their Homecoming crowd at Williams Stadium with a 45-35 win over Kennesaw State.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with Head Coach Turner Gill and senior defensive end Chima Uzowihe and senior quarterback Josh Woodrum.
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 Kennesaw State: • Following the win, Liberty leads the series, 1-0 • Kennesaw State was the third first-time opponent on Liberty's 2015 schedule • Liberty finishes the regular season 2-1 against first-time opponents, with wins over Georgia State and Kennesaw State and a loss at Southern Illinois
Homecoming Update: • The win moves Liberty to 29-13 all-time in Homecoming football games • Liberty snapped a two-game Homecoming losing streak with the win, after dropping double overtime contests to Coastal Carolina (2013) and Richmond (2014) the last two years • Liberty is now 7-2 in its last nine Homecoming games and has averaged 48.1 points per game in the nine contests • The Flames are now 8-3 all-time when facing Big South opponents on Homecoming Weekend
Attendance Update: • The game was played in front of 20,393 fans, the third-largest crowd in Williams Stadium history • The attendance figure marked the fourth time the Flames have had 20,000-plus fans in attendance at Williams Stadium, including twice in 2015 (22,551 vs. Montana on Sept. 19) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 5 in the country in average home attendance (20,582), No. 7 in filling stadium capacity (107.2 percent) and No. 8 in total home attendance (61,747)
Postgame Update with Senior Quarterback Josh Woodrum:
Postgame Update with Senior Defensive End Chima Uzowihe:
Team Talking Points: • With the win, Liberty moves to 3-0 at home in 2015 and 17-5 in home games during Head Coach Turner Gill's four-year coaching career at Liberty • The Flames finished the game scoring a season-best 45 points and are now 10-1 all-time under Head Coach Turner Gill in games where they score 40 or more points • For the fourth time this season, the Flames amassed 400 yards of total offense in a game, finishing the contest with 406 yards on 49 plays • The Flames finished the game averaging 8.3 yards per play, its highest average per game total in 2015 • Liberty's 8.3 average yards per play total was the fourth best total by the Flames in four seasons under Head Coach Turner Gill (16.0 vs. Brevard, 2014; 9.4 vs. Presbyterian, 2012; 9.2 vs. Brevard in 2013) • Liberty tallied 19 first downs against Kennesaw State and now ranks No. 13 in the country in first down offense (171 first downs) • Liberty finished the game with a season-low six first downs via passing plays (previous low was eight against Montana) • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 9 in the country in first downs via passing plays (97 or 56.7 percent of the Flames first downs in 2015) • The Flames finished the game rushing for 175 yards on 27 carries, its third highest rushing total of the season • Prior to the Kennesaw State game, Liberty had surpassed 100 team rushing yards only once in its previous six games (260 yards vs. Georgia State) • Liberty is averaging 185.5 rushing yards per game in its three wins in 2015 (10 rushing touchdowns), and 74.8 yards per game in its four losses (four rushing touchdowns) • For the fifth time this year, Liberty finished a game without having a pass intercepted and now ranks No. 14 in fewest passed intercepted (3) • The Flames finished the game with their second lowest passing total of the season at 231 yards (188 yards vs. Delaware State) and now rank No. 25 in the country in passing offense (270.4 yards per game) • Despite the lower passing yardage total, Liberty threw for a season-high four touchdowns • The contest marked the fourth time the Flames have thrown for four touchdowns in a game under Head Coach Turner Gill (also against Gardner-Webb in 2012; Brevard in 2014; Charleston Southern in 2014) • The Flames faced a season low eight third-down plays and picked up a new set of downs on four of those plays • Liberty finished the game converting twice on fourth-down plays (2-of-2) and is now 9-of-15 on fourth-down plays in 2015 (ranks No. 27 in the country in fourth-down conversion rate/60.0 percent) • For the first time this year, Liberty lost the time of possession battle with Kennesaw State holding a 13:24 TOP edge in the game (23:18 to 36:42) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 7 in the country in average time of possession (33:42) • The Flames were penalized six times for 66 yards, its highest penalty total in four games (also had six penalties for 56 yards at Southern Illinois) • For the third time this year, Liberty finished a game without committing a turnover • The Flames currently rank No. 30 in the country in fewest turnovers (nine – six lost fumbles and three interceptions) • Kennesaw State outgained Liberty in the game, finishing the contest with 420 total offensive yards on 77 plays (5.5 yards per play) • Kennesaw State is the fourth Liberty opponent to amass 400-plus yards of total offense this season (405 by Georgia State, 420 by Kennesaw State, 482 by Southern Illinois and 485 by West Virginia) • Kennesaw State became the third opponent this year to rush for 200 or more yards, finishing with a Liberty opponent season high 292 team rushing yards • Kennesaw State finished the game a perfect 5-of-5 when entering Liberty's red zone, with each drive resulting in a touchdown (three rushing, two passing) • Liberty's last three opponents have been perfect inside the red zone (14-of-14), resulting in 11 touchdowns and three field goals • The last time the Flames stopped an opponent inside the 20-yard line was on the final drive of Liberty's game at Southern Illinois when the Salukis allowed the clock to run out to end the game • Kennesaw State converted on 9-of-14 third-down plays, marking the most third-down conversions by a Liberty opponent in 2015 • For the fourth game in a row, Liberty finished with at least one sack and now ranks No. 32 in the country in sacks per game (2.50) • For the third time this season, Liberty finished a contest with only one punt attempt (also had one punt attempt against Southern Illinois and Georgia State)
Notable Player Points: • RB Desmond Rice scored his team-leading seventh rushing touchdown of the season during Liberty's win over Kennesaw Statea • RB Desmond Rice now has 25 career rushing touchdowns and needs four more to tie for fifth place on Liberty's career rushing touchdown list (current No. 5 is Mike Brown with 29 rushing touchdowns) • RB Todd Macon scored on a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, the longest rushing attempt of his collegiate career • RB Todd Macon now has six rushing touchdowns in 2015, doubling the total from his redshirt freshman season last year • FB Buddy Edwards finished the game with three carries for 12 yards, accounting for his first career rushing statistics at Liberty • QB Josh Woodrum finished the game completing 15-of-21 passing attempts for 230 yards and four touchdowns • QB Josh Woodrum tied a career high with four touchdown passes, as he also finished last year's game against Brevard with four touchdown passes • With his yardage against Kennesaw State, QB Josh Woodrum became Liberty's career passing yards leader (9,614), surpassing a 20-plus year record previously held by Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Robby Justino (9,548/1989-92) • QB Josh Woodrum will enter the final three games of the regular season needing 155 passing yards to become the Big South's all-time career passing yards leader (Collin Drafts – 9,768 yards) • QB Josh Woodrum finished the game with 234 total offensive yards, making him the second player in Big South history with 10,000 career total offensive yards (10,034) • QB Josh Woodrum now has 59 career touchdown passes and needs five more to tie Robby Justino's program record of 64 career touchdown passes • Following the game, QB Josh Woodrum ranks No. 6 in the county in total passing yards (2,120) • WR Darrin Peterson finished the game with four receptions for 164 yards, including three touchdown receptions • WR Darrin Peterson continues to add to his program record, as the senior finished the game with his 15th career game with 100 or more receiving yards • WR Darrin Peterson tied a career high with three touchdown receptions, as he also had three touchdowns against Richmond and Charleston Southern in 2014 • With his three touchdown receptions, WR Darrin Peterson becomes the first player in program history to record three touchdown receptions in a game three times • WR Darrin Peterson's 164 receiving yards was the second highest single-game total of the senior's career (career high was 182 yards against Brevard in 2014) • With his three touchdown receptions, WR Darrin Peterson tied Chris Summers (2008-11) for Liberty's all-time record with 26 career touchdown receptions • WR Zac Parker led the Flames with five receptions for 18 yards, marking the sixth time in eight games he has finished a contest with five or more receptions • WR Damian King finished the game with three receptions for 15 yards, his second-highest receptions total of the season • WR Damian King also added five kickoff returns for 97 yards, giving the freshman his first career game with 100 or more all-purpose yards (112) • TE Canon Smith had a 19-yard reception in the game, marking the third game in a row he has recorded a reception of 10 or more yards • WR B.J. Farrow's lone reception of the game was for a nine-yard touchdown, marking the first career touchdown reception for the redshirt freshman • K John Lunsford gave Liberty a 24-7 lead at halftime, connecting on a 57-yard field goal with 1:08 left in the second quarter • K John Lunsford's 57-yard field goal gave the senior 12 career 50-plus yard field goals, setting a new NCAA career record for most 50-plus yard field goals by a FCS kicker (previous record was 11 by Western Carolina's Kirk Roach/1984-87 and Idaho State's Pete Garces/1998-99) • K John Lunsford connected on all six of his extra points, giving the senior 141 career extra points which is one shy of thing the program record held by Phillip Harrelson (142/1995-98) • Following the game, K John Lunsford now ranks fourth in Big South history with 141 career extra points (No. 3 – Coastal Carolina's Alex Catron – 158) • K John Lunsford averaged 62.6 yards per kickoff with seven of his eight kickoffs resulting in a touchback • LB Jimmy O'Grady led the Flames with 15 tackles, tying Avery James' mark of 15 stops against Southern Illinois for the most tackles in a game this year by a Liberty player • LB Jimmy O'Grady nearly doubled his previous single-game career high, as his previous career high tackle total was eight stops set against Monmouth the week prior • With his 15-stop effort against Kennesaw State, LB Jimmy O'Grady became the fourth active player on Liberty's roster with 100 or more career tackles (111) • LB Jimmy O'Grady has record 23 of his 50 tackles on the season in Liberty's last two games (eight tackles vs. Monmouth; 15 tackles vs. Kennesaw State) • LB Nick Newman finished the game with a season-high 11 tackles, besting his 10-stop effort against West Virginia • With his 11 tackles against Kennesaw State, LB Nick Newman now has four career games with 10 or more tackles • S Avery James finished the game with nine tackles, including seven solo tackles • S Avery James has finished three games in 2015 with seven or more solo tackles (West Virginia, Gardner-Webb and Kennesaw State) • With his nine-tackle effort against Kennesaw State, S Avery James continues to lead the Flames on the year with 55 total tackles, including a team-best 34 solo stops • S Avery James forced the game's lone fumble, his second forced fumble of the season • DE Chima Uzowihe finished the game with nine tackles, topping his previous career single-game high of six tackles (five times) • DE Chima Uzowihe recorded 3.5 tackles for a loss of 11 total yards, besting his previous single-game career high of 3.0 tackles for a loss against Presbyterian in 2012 • DE Chima Uzowihe now has 38.5 career tackles for a loss, which is 1.5 TFLs away from tying Jason Wells (40/1998-2000) for third place on Liberty's all-time career list • NG JaRon Greene finished the game with eight tackles, besting his previous single-game career high of seven tackles set against Brevard in 2014 • CB Chris Turner finished the game with four tackles, tying his season high of four stops set against Gardner-Webb • DE Dia'Vante Brown set a new single-game career high, finishing the game with four tackles (all solo) • DE Dia'Vante Brown entered the Kennesaw State game with four career tackles in 18 career games played • CB Wesley Scott finished the game with four tackles, allowing him to become the fourth active player on Liberty's roster with 100 or more career tackles (100) • DL Spencer Cook finished the game with a career-high four tackles after having recorded five career tackles in his previous 13 career games played • SPUR Corbin Jackson finished the game with three solo tackles, including his first career sacks for a loss of 10 yards
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