As the calendar winds down to the final days of 2017, the Liberty Flames Sports Network is looking back at the moments that made this athletics year special for Flames Nation.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2017 continues today by looking at Moment No. 5, football's win at Baylor to open the 2017 season on Sept. 2 in Waco, Texas.
The beginning of Liberty's two-year FBS transition process started off with an offensive shootout. At the end it was the Flames standing as the victor, 48-45, over Baylor, at McLane Stadium. The game saw the two teams combined for 1,117 total offensive yards (Liberty – 585; Baylor – 532), with 725 of those yards coming through the air. Liberty's Stephen Calvert set a single-game passing record for the Flames, throwing for 447 yards to surpass Phil Basso's record of 441 yards against Carson-Newman in 1984.
The 2017 calendar year was another banner year in Liberty Athletics. Liberty won its 13th Big South Sasser Cup title and swept the Big South Sasser Cup, Men's All-Sport and Women's All-Sport trophy awards for the fourth time in athletics department history.
LibertyFlames.com thanks Flames Nation for its support of Liberty Athletics in 2017 and we look forward to another exciting year in 2018.
Liberty Athletics Top Moments of 2017: No. 10 – Men's Basketball defeats Wake Forest on Nov. 14 No. 9 – Azaria Kirwa earning All-America honors at the NCAA Cross Country Championship No. 8 – Liberty Student-Athletes featured on ESPN SportCenter's Top 10 Plays No. 7 – D.J. Artis earning All-America honors/National Stats Leader No. 6 – Men's Basketball advancing to the CIT quarterfinals No. 5 – Liberty's season-opening win at Baylor No. 4 – Announced on Dec. 26 (Tuesday) No. 3 – Announced on Dec. 27 (Wednesday) No. 2 – Announced on Dec. 28 (Thursday) No. 1 – Announced on Dec. 29 (Friday)