The Flames used a 34-yard field goal by Alex Probert and a field goal block by Dexter Robbins in overtime to record a 23-20 victory over Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon, at Williams Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with head coach Turner Gill, senior wide receiver Dante' Shells and Robbins, a senior linebacker.
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 Gardner-Webb: • Following the Family Weekend victory, Liberty is now 13-9-1 all-time against Gardner-Webb • Liberty has won the last five meetings with Gardner-Webb at home and is now 7-4 when facing the Runnin' Bulldogs in Lynchburg • Liberty has now defeated Gardner-Webb 10 times in Big South play, Liberty's second highest win total against a team in Big South play (Liberty is 11-3 all-time against Charleston Southern in league games)
Overtime Update: • With the win, Liberty moves to 6-8 all-time in overtime games • Liberty is 2-3 in overtime games under head coach Turner Gill • Liberty has posted a 2-3 record in overtime games against Big South foes • Prior to Saturday, Liberty's last win in overtime came in 2014 when the Flames defeated Appalachian State, 55-48, in an offensive shootout against the FBS opponent
Team Talking Points: • The Flames have won four games in a row, Liberty's longest winning streak since 2014 (Oct. 11 – Nov. 8) • With the win, Liberty finished the month of October with a 4-0 record, Liberty's first undefeated mark during the month of October since 2011 • Liberty finished the Gardner-Webb game with 291 total offensive yards, its second lowest offensive output of the year in five home games • Prior to Saturday, Liberty had averaged 41.8 points per game and 460.8 total offensive yards per game in its first four home contests this season • The Flames finished the game rushing for 109 yards on 50 carries, averaging 2.2 yards per rushing attempt • Liberty has finished five games this season averaging below 3.0 rushing yards per play • Liberty recorded 182 passing yards in the game, its second lowest total of the season • Liberty had two passes intercepted in the game, giving the Flames 14 passes intercepted in 2016 • Liberty currently ranks No. 120 out of 122 FCS schools in the country with 14 passes intercepted this season • The Flames finished the game 2-of-2 on fourth-down conversion attempts and now rank No. 18 in the country in fourth-down conversion percentage – 66.7 (8-of-12) • For the second game in a row, Liberty won the time of possession battle, finishing with a 1:58 TOP edge over the Runnin' Bulldogs (30:59 to 29:01) • The Flames lost the time of possession battle five of the first six games of the year • Liberty was whistled for two penalties for 10 yards, its second lowest penalty total of the season • Liberty's offensive line allowed quarterback Stephen Calvert to get sacked five times during the game after being sacked only twice during his first three career starts under center • Liberty has allowed 17 sacks this season, second most by a Big South team in 2016 (Presbyterian has allowed 19 sacks) • The Flames' defense allowed Gardner-Webb to record 265 total offensive yards on 63 plays, the second fewest yards Liberty has allowed this season • Gardner-Webb averaged 4.2 total yards per play against Liberty, after the Flames had allowed five of their first six opponents to average 5.0 yards per play this season • The Runnin' Bulldogs carried the ball 37 times for 131 yards, the second fewest rushing yards the Flames have allowed this season • Gardner-Webb finished the game with 134 passing yards, marking the third time this year the Flames have limited an opponent to fewer than 200 passing yards in a game • Gardner-Webb converted on 5-of-17 third-down plays, marking the fifth time this year the Flames have allowed five or less third-down conversions in a game • Despite allowing Gardner-Webb to convert on its lone fourth-down play, Liberty still ranks No. 7 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense – 27.3 percent (3-of-11) • Liberty ranks No. 5 in the country in red zone scoring defense (66.7 percent/18-of-27) after Gardner-Webb finished the game 3-of-4 in the red zone with a touchdown and two field goals • The Flames failed to force a turnover for the second time in three games after recording 15 turnovers through the first five games of 2016 • Liberty currently ranks No. 15 in the country in turnovers gained with 18 (nine fumbles, nine interceptions) • The Flames ended the game on a blocked field goal attempt of 36 yards, Liberty's first blocked field goal since Chima Uzowihe's famous blocked field goal attempt to save a win over No. 1 Coastal Carolina in 2014
Notable Player Points: • RB Carrington Mosley accounted for 63.3 percent of Liberty's limited rushing attack against Gardner-Webb, recording 69 of the team's 109 rushing yards • RB Todd Macon recorded Liberty's lone rushing touchdown, giving him a team high six rushing touchdowns this season • QB Stephen Calvert moved to 4-0 as a starting quarterback • QB Stephen Calvert had his lowest offensive output in four starts, completing 14-of-23 passing attempts for 182 yards • After finishing his first two starts without an interception, QB Stephen Calvert has thrown two interceptions during each of the last two games • QB Stephen Calvert has thrown for 1,396 yards in eight games as a freshman, the third highest passing total by a freshman in program history (No. 2 is Josh Woodrum – 1,966 yards in 2012) • QB Stephen Calvert currently ranks No. 3 in the country in passing yards by a freshman quarterback in 2016 (1,396 yards) • TE Kendall Couamin finished the game with a career-high four receptions and 43 receiving yards • WR Dante' Shells led the Flames with 51 receiving yards on three receptions and his team-leading seventh receiving touchdown this season • Following the game, WR Dante' Shells leads the Big South and ranks No. 19 in the country in touchdown receptions • With seven touchdown receptions in 2016, WR Dante' Shells is two touchdown receptions short of cracking Liberty's single season, top-five recording at nine (Dominic Bolden/2008 and Maurice Jones/1993) • With his 51 yards against Gardner-Webb, WR Dante's Shells is 63 receiving yards short of reaching the 2,000 career reception mark (1,937) • P Trey Turner finished the game with five punts for 229 yards, averaging 45.8 yards per punt • P Trey Turner pinned the Runnin' Bulldogs inside their own 20-yard line with two of his five punts • P Trey Turner recorded a 55-yard punt, his eighth punt of 50 or more yards this season • K Alex Probert knocked down 3-of-4 field goal attempts during the game, including the game winning 34-yard field goal during the first overtime period • K Alex Probert tied a season high with three field goals and has scored 10 or more points in each of his last four games (11 against Gardner-Webb) • K Alex Probert has recorded multiple field goals in a game four times • K Alex Probert currently ranked No. 5 in the country in field goals per game (1.5) • K Alex Probert is currently tied for the national lead with most field goals by a freshman kicker – 12 (tied with Butler's Drew Bevelhimer and Indiana State's Jerry Nunez) • Three of K Alex Probert's five kickoffs resulted in a touchback • S Alpha Jalloh and LB Dexter Robbins tied for game-high tackling honors with seven tackles, both recording five solo and two assisted stops each • S Alpha Jalloh moved over the 100-career tackle mark with his seven tackles against Gardner-Webb (102), making him one of five active player on Liberty's roster with 100 or more tackles • LB Dexter Robbins recorded his first career blocked kick, stopping a 36-yard field goal attempt in overtime to seal Liberty's victory • LB Dexter Robbins has finished seven out of eight games this year with five or more tackles • LB Dexter Robbins ranks second on Liberty's roster with 53 tackles, setting a new career high for tackles in a season (previous career high was 42 in 2014) • S Corbin Jackson had five tackles, four of which were solo stops • S Corbin Jackson has recorded five or more tackles in five of the seven games he has played in this season • DL Juwan Wells recorded a 10-yard sack, giving him 5.5 sacks on the season which ranks third in the Big South • CB Tyrin Holloway moved over the 100-career tackle mark with his three solo tackles against Gardner-Webb (101), making him one of five active player on Liberty's roster with 100 or more tackles
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