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Big South Champions!!! Listen to Head Coach Danny Rocco's Postgame Press Conference

November 18, 2007  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Danny Rocco is carried off the field after the Flames clinch the 2007 Big South Championship on Saturday.

Danny Rocco is carried off the field after the Flames clinch the 2007 Big South Championship on Saturday.

Head Coach Danny Rocco's Postgame Press Conference (Audio file)

Liberty won its first Big South Conference championship with a 31-0 victory over Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon, at Spangler Stadium.

As part of LibertyFlames.com's continuing coverage of the football program, the web site will bring you weekly postgame comments from head coach Danny Rocco.

During Liberty's six home games, LibertyFlames.com will provide video footage from the postgame press conference. For road contests, the web site will provide audio coverage of Rocco's after-game comments.

Thank you for checking back weekly during the 2007 season to catch head coach Danny Rocco's postgame comments.

Flame Facts from the Gardner-Webb Game:
• The Gardner-Webb game closed out the 35th year of Liberty football.

• The Flames secured their first-ever Big South Conference football championship with their 31-0 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

• The football program becomes the 13th athletics program at Liberty to capture a Big South Conference title since Liberty joined the league in 1991.

• The Flames finished the year with an 8-3 record, the best mark since the 1997 team posted a 9-2 record.

• This year's football team is the fifth in program history to finish a season with eight or more victories (out of 35 years of Liberty football).

• Liberty posted its first shutout of the year in its 31-0 victory over Gardner-Webb, after finishing with three shutouts last year.

• The shutout was the first in a Big South Conference game since Gardner-Webb defeated Charleston Southern, 18-0, on Nov. 13, 2004.

• The Flames rushed for 255 yards against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, giving Liberty 2,375 team rushing yards on the year.

• The 2,375 ranks second best in program history, falling only behind the 2003 team, which ran for a school-record 2,614 yards.

• Rashad Jennings posted his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the year with a team-best 114 rushing yards against Gardner-Webb.

• On his first rushing attempt of the afternoon, Rashad Jennings moved over the 1,000 yard mark on the year, as the junior finished the season with a career-high 1,113 yards.

• Rashad Jennings becomes the third player in program history to record back-to-back 1,000 rushing seasons.

• The two other running backs in school history to accomplish the feat were Stacy Nobles (1,040 in 1998 and 1,175 in 1999) and Dre Barnes (1,304 in 2003 and 1,347 yards in 2004).

• Rashad Jennings finishes the year with 1,389 all-purpose yards, ranking fifth best in Big South Conference history.

• Rashad Jennings finished the year averaging 154.3 all-purpose yards per game, besting the previous Big South record by nearly 15 yards per game (Liberty's Sam Gado averaged 140.6 all-purpose yards per game in 2004).

• Zach Terrell finished the Gardner-Webb game with his 11th rushing touchdown of the year, giving the junior 16-straight games with a rushing touchdown.

• Brock Smith completed his first nine passing attempts against Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

• Brock Smith posted his fourth-straight 200-yard game against Gardner-Webb, finishing the afternoon with 204 yards passing with three touchdowns.

• Noah Greenbaum finished the afternoon with seven points, giving him 101 points scored on the year, which sets a new Big South Conference record (previous record was 91 set by VMI's Matt Sharpe in 2003).