No. 14/14 Charleston Southern snapped Liberty's five-game winning streak on Saturday at Williams Stadium, handing No. 25/24 Liberty a 48-26 setback on Military Appreciation Day.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with head coach Turner Gill, senior tight end Kendall Couamin and senior linebacker Dexter Robbins.
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 Charleston Southern: • Following the home setback, Liberty now leads the overall series, 19-5 • Charleston Southern has won the last three meetings between the two teams, its longest winning streak in the series • The two teams have faced each other for 24 consecutive years, starting the series in 1993
Attendance Note: • The game was played in front of 21,712 fans, the second largest crowd in Williams Stadium history • The contest marked the fifth time Liberty has played a game at home in front 20,000-plus fans with all five games taking place during the last three years • Following the game, Liberty currently ranks No. 6 in the country in total home attendance (98,259) and No. 9 in average home attendance (16,377)
Team Talking Points: • The loss snapped Liberty's five-game winning streak, the program's longest since 2013 • Following the setback, Liberty is now 14-3 all-time during the month of November under head coach Turner Gill (all three losses have come against Charleston Southern/2014-16) • The Flames finished the game with 331 total offensive yards, marking the third straight game that Liberty has been held below 350 total offensive yards • Liberty recorded 75 total offensive yards during the first half and 256 during the second half (146 during the fourth quarter) • The Flames finished the game with 70 rushing yards on 34 carries (2.1 yards per carry) • Liberty has been held below the 100-yard rushing mark five times this season • In its four losses in 2016, Liberty has averaged 75.2 rushing yards per game and had three rushing touchdowns • In its six wins in 2016, Liberty has averaged 216.3 rushing yards per game and had 13 rushing touchdowns • Liberty rushed for an average of 226.8 yards per game and nine touchdowns during its first four Big South games • The Flames finished the contest with 261 passing yards, its second highest total since the start of Big South play • Liberty had a pass intercepted by Charleston Southern and now ranks No. 114 out of 122 FCS schools in the country with 16 passes intercepted • Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game converting on 5-of-18 third-down plays, its fewest third-down conversions in a game since starting Big South play • Liberty picked up a first down on both its fourth-down conversion attempts and is No. 5 in the country in fourth-down conversion percentage (11-of-15/73.3 percent) • The Flames lost the time of possession battle by 5:08 (27:26 to 32:34), marking the sixth time this year Liberty has lost the TOP battle • Liberty finished the game with three turnovers gained, with all three coming on interceptions • Liberty has finished its last two games with seven turnovers caused (five interceptions and two fumble recovery) • Liberty ranks No. 8 in the country in turnovers gained (25), No. 10 in fumble recoveries (11) and No. 11 in passes intercepted (14) • Charleston Southern finished the game with 514 total offensive yards, the second most allowed by Liberty this year (season high was 563 by Jacksonville State) • Charleston Southern finished the game with 344 rushing yards, averaging 7.5 yards per carry • Liberty has allowed five of its 10 opponents to rush for 200 or more yards this season • Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty ranks No. 101 out of 122 FCS teams in the country in rushing defense (allowing 209.6 yards per game) • For the third game in a row and fifth time this season, Liberty held an opponent below the 200-yard passing mark (Charleston Southern finished the game with 170 passing yards) • Charleston Southern converted on 4-of-14 third-down plays, as Liberty now ranks No. 20 in the country in third-down conversion percentage defense (33.1 percent/48-of-145) • Liberty's opponents have converted on 5-of-6 fourth-down plays in its last four games with Charleston Southern converting on its lone fourth-down conversion attempt • During the first six games of the year, Liberty ranked among the national leaders in fourth-down conversion, as opponents converted on 1-of-8 fourth-down plays • Charleston Southern finished the game with five sacks, becoming the second opponent in three games and the third team this year to record five or more sacks against the Flames • Liberty ranks last in the Big South and No. 81 in the country having allowed 24 sacks in 2016 • Charleston Southern converted on all five red zone scoring chances, resulting in three touchdowns and two field goals • Charleston Southern was the second team this year to score on five or more red zone scoring opportunities (Va. Tech finished the game 5-of-6 in red zone scoring chances) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 8 in the country in red zone scoring defense (69.7 percent/23-of-33) • Liberty allowed Charleston Southern's Darius Hammond, the nation's top kickoff return specialist, to record a total of 168 return yards, the most the Flames have allowed in 2016 • Charleston Southern's Darius Hammond finished the game with 110 kickoff return yards, including an 83-yard return, and 44 punt return yards
Notable Player Points: • RB Carrington Mosley led Liberty's limited rushing attack, finishing the game with 59 of the team's 70 rushing yards • QB Stephen Calvert lost his first game as Liberty's starting quarterback, falling to 5-1 in the starting role • QB Stephen Calvert finished the game with 261 passing yards, his third highest passing total in 2016 • QB Stephen Calvert has 1,707 passing yards, ranking him third in program history for passing yards by a freshman quarterback • QB Stephen Calvert enters Liberty's regular season finale needing 259 passing yards to move into second place on Liberty's freshman quarterback charts (Josh Woodrum – 1,966 in 2012) and 269 passing yards to set a school record (Paul Johnson – 1,976 in 1986) • WR Dante' Shells and B.J. Farrow led the Flames with four receptions and each catching a touchdown pass • WR Dante' Shells finished the game with 66 yards, allowing him to become the seventh player in program history with 2,000 receiving yards (2,028) • WR Dante' Shells recorded his eighth touchdown reception of the season, leaving him one shy of cracking Liberty's season top-five listing • WR Dante' Shells is tied for the Big South lead and ranks No. 24 in the country in touchdown receptions • TE Kendall Couamin had a career day, finishing the contest with three receptions for a career-high 93 yards • TE Kendall Couamin recorded his first collegiate touchdown in 37 games played, a 65-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter • RS Frankie Hickson finished the game with seven kickoff returns for 118 yards and now ranks No. 14 in the country in kickoff return yardage (26.9 yards per return) • K Alex Probert connected on a pair of field goals, one of 32 and one of 39 yards, to give him 15 field goals on the season • The pair of field goals marked the fifth time this year K Alex Probert has had two or more field goals in a game • K Alex Probert's 15 field goals on the year is tied for fourth most in a season in school history (tied with Noah Greenbaum 2007) • K Alex Probert finished the game with eight points, giving him 77 on the year to set a new school record for most points scored by a freshman (previous record was 70 by Phillip Harrelson in 1995) • K Alex Probert currently ranks No. 31 in the country in scoring (7.7 points per game) and second in the country in scoring by a freshman • LB Dexter Robbins finished the game with 10 tackles, all solo stops • LB Dexter Robbins recorded a season-best in solo tackles and accounted for his second game this year with 10 or more stops • LB Nick Newman followed Robbins with seven stops, adding to his Liberty active career leading tackles total (226) • DE Erwin Dessources finished the contest with six stops, including five solo tackles • With the half dozen stops, DE Erwin Dessources is now 10 tackles away from becoming the seventh active player on Liberty's roster with 100 career tackles (currently at 90) • CB Tyrin Holloway recorded his fifth interception of the year and currently ranks No. 9 in the country in interceptions per game (0.5) • CB Chris Turner finished the contest with two interceptions, giving himself and CB Tyrin Holloway both seven career interceptions • CB Chris Turner currently ranks No. 13 in the country in passes defended (1.4 per game/11 pass breakups and three interceptions)
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