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2016 Football Opponent Preview: Coastal Carolina

November 16, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Old rivals clash for one last time in the foreseeable future when Liberty closes out its regular season schedule on Thursday evening against No. 16/NR Coastal Carolina on ESPNews.

Liberty is 18-53 all-time versus nationally ranked FCS opponents, including 0-2 this season (Jacksonville State and Charleston Southern). However, the Flames are 6-5 in their last 11 meetings with Top 25 foes overall. Liberty is 3-3 versus Coastal Carolina when the Chanticleers are ranked.

Liberty is 2-2 when playing on Thursday as a Division I member, including home wins over St. Paul's (2006) and Coastal Carolina (2015) and losses at ETSU (1996) and Kent State (2013).

Last Meeting with Coastal Carolina
Nov. 19, 2015
Liberty 24, No. 4/4 Coastal Carolina 21
Lynchburg, Va. (Williams Stadium)
Series Note: Liberty leads the series, 7-6
• A 40-yard TD pass from Josh Woodrum to B.J. Farrow with 1:27 remaining gave the Flames a 24-21 win over No. 4/4 Coastal Carolina in the 2015 regular-season finale and the last Big South meeting between the two rivals.
• The lead changed hands four times in the game which was played before a crowd of 18,955 and a national audience on ESPNEWS.
• Liberty controlled the game with a 40:52 to 19:08 time of possession advantage.
• Liberty's offensive leaders were QB Josh Woodrum (19-30, 262 yards, 2 TDs), RB Desmond Rice (18 carries, 76 yards, TD) and WR Darrin Peterson (4 catches, 70 yards).
• Coastal Carolina was paced by QB Alex Ross (17-32, 325 yards, 1 TD), RB De'Angelo Henderson (11 carries, 89 yards, 2 TDs) and WR Chris Jones (6 catches, 168 yards, TD).