Game Day Central: Charleston Southern
The FCS era of Liberty football comes to an end on Saturday when the Flames wrap up their 2017 season with a Big South road contest at Charleston Southern.
"4 Downs" with the Buccaneers
1. Saturday's game will be the 25th all-time meeting between Liberty and Charleston Southern, making the Buccaneers the most commonly played opponent in program history. If the Flames win, CSU would become the first opponent Liberty has ever defeated 20 times. Mark Tucker is in his first season as the Buccaneers' head coach after serving as quarterbacks coach the previous four years.
2. Liberty and Charleston Southern were two of the four charter members of Big South football in 2002, along with Elon and Gardner-Webb. The Flames' second Big South game came against CSU and resulted in Liberty's first-ever conference victory, a 31-17 triumph at Williams Stadium on Oct. 19, 2002. CSU boasts two of the Big South's top three players in sacks this season, in Anthony Ellis (2nd, 8.0) and Johnny Robinson (3rd, 5.5).
3. Liberty won 19 of its first 21 meetings with Charleston Southern, but the Buccaneers have been victorious over the Flames in each of the last three seasons. No team has defeated Liberty in four consecutive seasons since William & Mary did so between 2004 and 2007. No team has ever won four straight Big South games over the Flames.
4. Charleston Southern went 35-14 during the last four seasons (2013-16), winning two Big South titles and making a pair of NCAA FCS Playoff appearances. CSU needs a win on Saturday to record its fifth consecutive winning season. Turner Gill has only lost four November games during six seasons at Liberty, but three of those setbacks have come at the hands of Charleston Southern.
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