Liberty Flames - 2007 Big South Champions
Liberty vs. Gardner-Webb game release
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Nov. 17, 2007, will long be remembered as one of the greatest days in the annals of the Liberty University Athletics Department. After a season of offensive fireworks never before seen in the history of the football program, it was the Flames' defensive unit that stepped up to seal Liberty's first-ever Big South title with a 31-0 win over Gardner-Webb. The conference title was one of three the Athletics Department would claim on the weekend. The football program was joined by both the volleyball and men's soccer squads as Big South champions, as they also captured league titles. The unprecedented weekend was culminated on Monday when Liberty's Josh McDougal, a 12-time All-American, captured the only missing gem in his storybook collegiate career, when he outlegged Oregon's Galen Rupp to claim the NCAA Cross Country National Championship in Terre Haute, Ind. These three programs and a standout student-athlete helped complete the dream of Liberty University founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, who wanted each Liberty student to be a champion for Christ. Below are just a few pictures which capture the experience in Boiling Springs, N.C., where Liberty capped off an 8-3 season and a perfect 4-0 mark in Big South play to claim the program's first-ever Big South title.
Liberty's Director of Athletics Development Bob Good spends time with Flames Club members in the Flames Club pre-game tent, which was at each of Liberty's games this season.
Liberty's cheerleaders welcome the Flames to the football field, bringing the strong showing of Flames supporters to their feet.
Brandon Turner (#6) caught a 14-yard touchdown pass to get the Flames on the scoreboard early in the first quarter.
Noah Greenbaum (#47) boots another ball through the uprights, helping add to his school-record points total on the year.
Mike Godsil (#55) opens up a huge hole for Rashad Jennings (#3), who used the block en route to a 52-yard touchdown reception.
Kent Hicks (#26) records one of his team-leading seven tackles on the afternoon.
Liberty's defense upended the Bulldogs all afternoon, resulting in Gardner-Webb finishing the game with an opponent season-low 187 total offensive yards.
Quarterback Brock Smith (#13) peers over offensive lineman Bryan Mosier (#56), as he completed nine-straight attempts en route to his fourth-consecutive 200-yard passing game.
Zach Terrell recorded a three-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, giving the junior his 16th-straight game with a rushing touchdown and Liberty's final points of the afternoon.
Steven Ackley (#45) and Nick Hursky (#53) converge on another Gardner-Webb player to help keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard.
Wynton Jackson (#1) returns to the Flames' line-up for his final game in a Liberty uniform.
Stevie Ray Lloyd (#11) recorded his first career interception and Liberty's Big South-leading 18th of the year late in the third quarter, to halt another Gardner-Webb drive.
Head coach Danny Rocco runs away after getting showered with Gatorade, as the clock continues to tick towards all zeroes, late in the fourth quarter.
A picture of the scoreboard just seconds after the buzzer sounded, completing Liberty's first shutout of the year and the fourth since head coach Danny Rocco took over the program.
Players run onto the field to celebrate Liberty's first-ever Big South Conference football championship.
The entire team quickly gathered at midfield for a rousing chant of "Big South champs."
Spiritual Development Director Ed Gomes gathers the team together to thank the Lord for the victory and one of the most successful seasons in program history.
Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander addresses the team at midfield and presents head coach Danny Rocco with the 2007 Big South Conference trophy.
Head coach Danny Rocco and the Flames hoist the 2007 Big South Conference trophy in celebration of their title.
Head coach Danny Rocco starts to address members of the media following the Flames' dominating victory over Gardner-Webb.
Linebacker Vince Redd (#4 – far left) directs the team as they gather together for a group photo with the trophy.
Senior offensive linemen Marshal Ausberry (#78) and Eddie Pinigis (#73) carry head coach Danny Rocco off the field.
Head coach Danny Rocco pauses for another photo with his family and the 2007 Big South Conference trophy – Can you say Rocco family Christmas card?!
Liberty cheerleaders, along with Flames mascot Sparky, show their support for the team by donning their Liberty Flames 2007 Big South Conference champions t-shirts.
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