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Liberty Football Game Notes: Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb
Game Time: 3:30 p.m.
Official Kickoff: 3:34 p.m.
TV Coverage: Big South Network (Exclustive) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mike Tilley Color Commentator: Matt Warner Sideline Reporter: None Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List | Atlanta-WDWD 590 AM • 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
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Liberty Football Game Day Information Page - Gardner-Webb (Oct. 29)
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines
1) Liberty (4-3, 2-0 Big South) will look to extend its three-game winning streak and remain unbeaten in Big South play when Gardner-Webb (3-5, 1-1 Big South) visits Williams Stadium on Saturday. 2) Saturday's matinee will mark the 23rd all-time meeting between the Flames and Runnin' Bulldogs, in a series that dates back to 1976. Liberty has won four straight home meetings with Gardner-Webb and eight of the last nine matchups overall. See pages 3 and 18 of the game notes for more series information. 3) The Flames are looking to avenge a 34-20 setback at Gardner-Webb in both teams' 2015 Big South openers. See page 3 of the game notes for more information on that soggy contest in Boiling Springs. 4) Liberty is aiming to close out its first unbeaten month of October since 2011. See page 4 of the game notes for more on what a Flames victory would mean. 5) The Flames have averaged 43.0 ppg during their three-game winning streak and racked up 681 yards of offense against Monmouth, last Saturday. See page 5 of the game notes for more information on the Flames' offense. 6) Senior WR Dante' Shells is 114 yards away from becoming the seventh Flame ever to tally 2,000 career receiving yards. See page 4 of the game notes for other milestones within reach on Saturday. 7) QB Stephen Calvert, 3-0 as a starter, was named STATS FCS National Freshman of the Week and Big South Freshman of the Week after his 350-yard, 3-TD performance against Monmouth. See page 6 of the game notes for more on Calvert. 8) Junior RB Todd Macon totaled 271 all-purpose yards against Monmouth, earning Big South Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this year. See page 6 of the game notes for more information on Macon. 9) Liberty's defense has forced 18 turnovers this season, ranking No. 8 nationally. See page 10 of the game notes for the Flames' national and Big South statistical rankings. 10) For the first time this season, the Flames used the same starting offensive line in back-to-back games (vs. Kennesaw State and Monmouth). See pages 11 and 12 of the game notes for information on Liberty's starters.
"4 Downs" with the Runnin' Bulldogs 1 - Khalil Lewis has excelled during his first season as Gardner-Webb's starting running back. The redshirt sophomore is tied for No. 1 nationally with 12 rushing touchdowns, leaving him just one shy of the Runnin' Bulldogs' single-season record of 13, set by Shed Harris in 1996. Lewis also ranks No. 4 in the nation with 817 rushing yards on the season. 2 - Gardner-Webb has been competitive in both of its matchups against nationally ranked teams in 2016. The Runnin' Bulldogs lost a 31-24 contest to No. 15/15 Citadel on Sept. 17. GWU then fell to No. 16 Coastal Carolina by a 17-7 count on Oct. 15. Gardner-Webb is looking to snap a two-game losing skid and record its first road win since a season-opening 31-6 victory at Elon on Sept. 3. 3 - Preseason All-American linebacker Chad Geter eclipsed the 300-tackle mark for his career during last week's loss to Kennesaw State. He paces GWU with 85 tackles this season, giving him 312 stops for his career. 4 - Liberty has won four straight home matchups with Gardner-Webb since the Runnin' Bulldogs' last win at Williams Stadium in 2006. Fourth-year head coach Carroll McCray picked up his first win over the Flames last season, when Gardner-Webb posted a 34-20 home victory on Oct. 10, 2015.
Milestone Watch 1 - After recovering his fifth career fumble during the season opener at Virginia Tech, Erwin Dessources' next fumble recovery will move him into a tie for second place on Liberty's all-time list. 2/5 - Tyrin Holloway is two tackles shy of 100 for his career, while fellow defensive back Alpha Jalloh needs five stops to reach the century mark. They are looking to join fellow Flames Nick Newman, Dexter Robbins, Wesley Scott and JaRon Greene as members of the 100-tackle club. 42/111/135 - Todd Macon (42 yards shy of 500), Carrington Mosley (111 yards shy of 500) and Frankie Hickson (135 yards shy of 500) are all nearing the 500-yard rushing mark for the season. The Flames have not had a trio of 500-yard rushers in the same season since 2004, when Sam Gado (901 yards), Dre Barnes (758 yards) and Eugene Goodman (609 yards) all accomplished the feat. 114 - Dante' Shells needs 114 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for his career. He would become the seventh Flames receiver ever to tally 2,000+ career receiving yards.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Give the Flames their fifth straight home victory over Gardner-Webb, improving Liberty's all-time record against the Runnin' Bulldogs to 13-9-1. • Equal the Flames' best start in Big South play under Turner Gill, as Liberty also won its first three conference games in 2014. • Mark the Flames' first four-game winning streak since the team posted four straight victories between Oct. 11-Nov. 8, 2014. • Enable the Flames to wrap a 4-0 month of October, giving Liberty its first unbeaten October since 2011, when the Flames were 5-0. • Give the Flames their fifth straight Big South home win.| • Boost the team's record in home games under Turner Gill to 23-6. • Give the Flames an all-time record of 108-47 at Williams Stadium.
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