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Official Kickoff: 7:04 p.m. (EST)
TV Coverage: OVC Digital Network Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Mickey Shadrix Color Commentator: Butch Barker Sideline Reporter: None
Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 5:30 p.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Kevin Keys Pregame: Alan York and Kevin Keys
Saturday's Top Storylines 1. Off to its first 3-0 start since 2008, No. 16/NR Liberty will travel to No. 5/7 Jacksonville State (1-1) for the first time since 1981. 2. Liberty will aim for its first-ever win over the Gamecocks and its first victory in the state of Alabama. To do so, the Flames will have to snap Jacksonville State's streak of 32 consecutive regular-season triumphs against non-FBS opponents. 3. The Flames' early-season success has been fueled by a high-powered offense. Liberty is averaging 49.3 ppg and 536.0 ypg, including 384.3 through the air. 4. Liberty QB Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert has won two Big South Offensive Player of the Week awards already this season. He has thrown for 1,107 yards in three games while completing 70 percent of his passes and throwing 12 TDs to just one INT. 5. WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has been Calvert's favorite target. Gandy-Golden, who grew up just over an hour from Jacksonville State's campus in Dallas, Ga., is coming off of a 7-catch, 171-yard outburst against Indiana State. 6. Redshirt junior S Corbin Jackson was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking a potential game-winning FG on the final play of Liberty's 42-41 win over Indiana State. The Flames have now ended three victories in the last four seasons with a blocked field goal.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Enable the Flames to open the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and the fifth time in program history (also 1989, 1990 and 1997). • Give the Flames their first-ever victory over Jacksonville State and their inaugural triumph in the state of Alabama. • Mark the Flames' first triumph over an OVC opponent since Sept. 22, 1990 against Morehead State, snapping Liberty's five-game losing streak against conference members. • Make the Flames 7-10 all-time against OVC opponents. • Improve the Flames' record against FCS Top 25 opponents to 8-11 under Turner Gill. • Mark the Flames' third all-time win over an FCS Top 5 foe (previously vs. Coastal Carolina in 2014 and 2015). • Give the Gamecocks their first regular-season home loss since Oct. 12, 2013 (Tennessee State).