Game Day Central: Gardner-Webb
The Flames will close out the month of October this weekend when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., for their Big South battle with the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb.
"4 Downs" with the Runnin' Bulldogs
1. Liberty and Gardner-Webb are both seeking their first Big South Conference win of 2017. The Flames are on a four-game losing streak, while the Runnin' Bulldogs have suffered back-to-back defeats. GWU's 34-20 home win over Liberty on Oct. 10, 2015 was its first home victory against the Flames since 2005, snapping Liberty's four-game winning streak in Boiling Springs.
2. Gardner-Webb is the second most common opponent in Liberty football history, as Saturday will mark the teams' 24th gridiron meeting. (The Flames will face Charleston Southern for the 25th time next month). The first Liberty-GWU matchup came in 1976, the Flames' fourth football season. The two teams will be meeting for the 18th consecutive season on Saturday.
3. Gardner-Webb has faced a challenging schedule, including three teams which appear in the current FCS Top 25 (North Carolina A&T, Wofford and Western Carolina), FBS foe Wyoming and Big South-leading Kennesaw State. Liberty has held GWU without a touchdown in three of its last five visits to Boiling Springs (2007, 2011 & 2013).
4. At 1-6, Gardner-Webb is assured of a fourth consecutive losing season for the first time in program history. The Runnin' Bulldogs' last winning season was a 7-5 campaign in 2013. Liberty entered 2017 with 11 consecutive winning seasons. However, the Flames have to win three of their last four games to keep that streak alive.
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