No. 3/4 Jacksonville State scored during the first three minutes of the game and never looked back on its way to a 48-19 victory over Liberty, Saturday night, at Williams Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with head coach Turner Gill, offensive coordinator Joe Dailey and senior defensive lineman JaRon Greene.
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 Jacksonville State: • Following the road victory for the Gamecocks, Jacksonville State leads the series, 3-0 • The game marked the first meeting between the two teams since 1982 • Jacksonville State has outscored the Flames by 122 point in the team's three matchups (154 to 32)
Versus Ranked FCS Opponents: • Following the loss, Liberty falls to 18-52 all-time against ranked FCS opponents • Coming into the game, Liberty had won six of its last nine games against top 25 teams, including four wins over top 10 ranked teams • Liberty is now 4-5 in its top 10 matchups in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill
Team Talking Points: • Liberty suffered its first loss at home since Nov. 15, 2014, a six-game winning streak that included wins over No. 8/7 Montana and No. 4/4 Coastal Carolina • Liberty finished the game with 181 total offensive yards on 69 plays (2.6 yards per play), marking the second time this year the Flames have been held below 200 total offensive yards in a game • Prior to the 2016 season, Liberty had never been held below 200 total offensive yards during the Flames first four seasons under head coach Turner Gill • Following the first four games of the season, Liberty ranks fifth in the Big South, averaging 297.5 total offensive yards per game • Liberty's offensive average is the Flames' lowest through four games during the last five seasons (Year/Avg. Total Offensive Yards per Game): 2012 (380.3), 2013 (359.5), 2014 (437.3), 2015 (381.8) and 2016 (297.5) • In their three losses this season, the Flames are averaging 207.0 yards of total offense per game • During the 2015 season, Liberty averaged 398.0 yards per game in six wins and 297.2 yards per game in five losses • For the third time this season, Liberty failed to surpass 100 rushing yards, finishing the Jacksonville State game with 36 carries for 44 yards (1.2 yards per carry) • Liberty has failed to surpass the 100 yard rushing mark 10 times in the last 14 games (dating back to the second game of 2015) • The Flames finished the game averaging 1.2 yards per rushing attempt, its second-lowest total in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill (lowest – 0.8 average against Montana in 2012) • During head coach Turner Gill's first three seasons at Liberty, the Flames failed to reach the 100 rushing yard mark eight times (37 games) • Liberty's team rushing total was hindered by the Flames allowing six sacks for a loss of 44 total yards • Jacksonville State's six sacks are the most by a Liberty opponent in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill (previous high was five sacks by Montana in 2012 and 2015) • Liberty's two quarterbacks each threw an interception in the game and the Flames have now thrown the most interceptions in 2016 by an FCS team (10 interceptions/ranks No. 122) • Liberty finished the game without committing a penalty, marking the first time in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill the Flames have finished a game without a penalty • Coming into the game, Liberty had committed 25 penalties for 203 yards (average coming into the game: 8.3 penalties per game/67.6 penalty yards per game) • The Flames finished the game converting on 3-of-18 third-down plays after converting on a combined 17-of-31 third-down plays the previous two games (9-of-15 vs. Jacksonville; 8-of-16 vs. SMU) • Jacksonville State finished the game with 563 total offensive yards, the most allowed by Liberty since Charleston Southern racked up 576 yards in a loss on Nov. 15, 2014 • Liberty finished the game with two interceptions and now ranks tied for No. 5 in the country in turnovers gained (12/seven fumble recoveries; five interceptions) • Liberty currently is tied for No. 1 in the country in fumble recoveries (7) and tied for No. 18 in interceptions (5) • For the second time this season, Liberty limited an opponent to three third-down conversions (Jacksonville – 3-of-10; Jacksonville State 3-of-14) • Jacksonville State failed to convert on both of its fourth-down attempts and Liberty now ranks No. 15 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (20.0 percent/1-of-5) • Liberty finished the game with a season-best 10.0 tackles for a loss (28 yards) and 3.0 sacks (nine yards) • Liberty's TFL total was its highest since finishing last year's game against Montana with 11.0 tackles for a loss (79 yards) • The Flames averaged 23.6 yards per kickoff return against Jacksonville State and now ranks No. 14 in the country in kickoff return yardage (26.00 yards per return) • Jacksonville State returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, marking the first punt return for a score Liberty has allowed since 2013 (64 yard return by Old Dominion on Oct. 13)
Notable Player Points: • RB Frankie Hickson led the Flames limited rushing attack, carrying the ball nine times for 38 yards • RB Frankie Hickson had a four-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter, giving him his team-leading third rushing touchdown of 2016 • RB Carrington Mosley followed behind Hickson, rushing seven times for 32 yards, including Liberty's longest run of the night (16 yards)} • QB Stephon Masha started the game under center and completed 3-of-9 passing attempts for 12 yards • QB Stephon Masha also threw his team-leading seventh interception of the season • QB Stephen Calvert took over the offense in the second quarter and completed 9-of-24 passing attempts for 125 yards during the rest of the game • QB Stephen Calvert also threw an interception (his third of the year) and his second career touchdown pass • QB Stephen Calvert's touchdown pass was a 59-yard strike to WR Dante' Shells • WR Dante' Shells now ranks tied for No. 12 in the country with four receiving touchdowns, giving him 10 for his career • WR Dante' Shells led Liberty's offense with five receptions for 86 yards, including his 59-yard touchdown catch • P Trey Turner set a new school and Big South record with 520 total punting yards (Previous Liberty – Mike Forslund vs. Mars Hall/1980 – 484 yards; Previous Big South – Gardner-Webb's Graham Purvis vs. Charleston Southern/2011 – 497 yards) • P Trey Turner tied a Big South record with 12 punts against Jacksonville State (Presbyterian's Patrick Morgano also had 12 punts against Elon in 2009) • P Trey Turner finished the game averaging 43.3 yards per punt (12 punts for 520 yards), his second game in 2016 averaging 40 or more yards per punt • P Trey Turner has averaged 40 or more yards per punt in 16 of 29 career games at Liberty • P Trey Turner finished the contest with two of his 12 punts pinning Jacksonville State inside their 20-yard line, giving him 9-of-28 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line in 2016 • RS Frankie Hickson finished the game with five kickoff returns for 118 yards, averaging 23.6 yards per return • Following the game, RS Frankie Hickson now ranks No. 16 in the country in averaging kickoff return yards (27.6) • DL JaRon Greene led the Flames with a career-high nine tackles (three solo, six assisted), marking the first time the senior has led Liberty in tackling in a game • DL JaRon Greene also finished the game with 2.5 tackles for a loss, including 2.0 sacks • DL JaRon Greene is now Liberty's active career leaders with 8.0 career sacks and 20.0 career tackles for a loss • Following the game, DL JaRon Greene is four tackles shy of becoming the fourth active player on Liberty's active roster with 100 career tackles • S Corbin Jackson finished the game with eight stops (five solo, three assisted), falling one stop away from tying his career high of nine stops at Southern Illinois in 2015 • S Solomon McGinty finished the game with seven tackles (three solo, four assisted) and 0.5 tackles for a loss • S Solomon McGinty has recorded five or more stops in each of his first four games with the Flames, including at least an assisted tackle for a loss in the last three contests • LB Nick Newman finished the game with seven tackles (three solo, four assisted), including 1.5 tackles for a loss • LB Nick Newman's seven stops against Jacksonville State leaves him two career tackles shy of 200 career stops • DL Juwan Wells finished the game with seven tackles (one solo, six assisted) and now leads the Flames on the season with 36 tackles (12 solo, 24 assisted) • DL Erwin Dessources recorded his fifth career forced fumble and now is tied with teammates DL Juwan Wells and S Solomon McGinty for No. 16 in the country in forced fumbles in 2016 (2) • CB Tyrin Holloway intercepted his third pass of the season and fourth pass of his career during the Jacksonville State game • Following the game, CB Tyrin Holloway is tied for No. 2 in the country with three interceptions (Southwestern's Danny Johnson has four interceptions in 2016)
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