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Game Day Central: Old Dominion

August 29, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames kick off their 46th season of football and first at the FBS level on Saturday when Liberty welcomes in-state foe Old Dominion to Williams Stadium.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (LibertyFlames.com)
Live Video (ESPN3)
Liberty Game Notes
Old Dominion Game Notes
Williams Stadium
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Lynchburg, Va.

Flames Nation Facts - Top Five Things Fans Need to Know for Satuday!
• Gates Open at 4 p.m. - For more information about game day, see Williams Stadium Fan Guide
Flames Fan Fest - New Game Day tradition free fan event to all with a game ticket
• What to do when I arrive on campus - Tailgating and Parking Information
Game Day Promotional Items: 10,000 Schedule Magnets & 5,000 FBS Inaugural Season Commemorative Coins
Feeling Safe at the Stadium - Increased security measures, magnetometers, clear bag policy and more

Official Kickoff:
6:06 p.m. (EST)

TV Coverage:
ESPN3 (LFSN TV Production)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
Color Commentator: Joe Jauch
Sideline Reporter: Bobbie Bohlig  

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio

LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
• Pregame: 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano
Sidelines: Nick Pierce
Pregame: Nick Pierce, Brad Butler and Jamie Hall

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty's inaugural game as an FBS member will see the Flames play host to Old Dominion at newly expanded (now 25,000 capacity) Williams Stadium. The Commonwealth clash will mark the first time an FBS squad has ever played in Lynchburg.
2. Liberty and Old Dominion, two of Virginia's four FBS teams, will be squaring off for the second time. The host Monarchs edged Liberty, 21-17, in their first meeting on Oct. 5, 2013.
3. Something will have to give on Saturday, as Liberty is 4-0 all-time when opening a season at home against an in-state opponent and has won seven straight openers in Lynchburg. Meanwhile, ODU is 4-0 in season openers as an FBS member.
4. The Liberty-Old Dominion contest is one of only five season-opening matchups between FBS squads hailing from the same state this weekend.
5. QB Stephen Calvert and WR Antonio Gandy-Golden comprise one of the FBS' top returning passing/catching duos. During the Flames' 48-45 season-opening win at Baylor last season, Calvert threw for 447 yards and 3 TDs, while Gandy-Golden hauled in 13 passes for 192 yards and a pair of scores.
6. Liberty is kicking off its 30th season of competition at Williams Stadium. The Flames are 112-50 all-time at the on-campus venue, including 12-2 in season openers. The facility's attendance record (22,551) could be challenged on Saturday.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' first-ever victory over Old Dominion.
• Give the Flames their first-ever victory over an in-state FBS opponent.
• Represent the Flames' first win over any in-state opponent since their 26-21 FCS Playoffs triumph over James Madison on Nov. 29, 2014.
• Be the Flames' first-ever victory over a Conference USA foe.
• Extend the Flames' streak to eight straight victories in season openers played in Lynchburg.
• Enable the Flames to open back-to-back seasons with victories for the first time since Liberty won five consecutive lid-lifters spanning 2004-08.
• Give the Flames a 4-0 all-time record in home games played on Sept. 1, all of which have been season openers.

How's This For Openers?
Liberty is 21-24 all-time in season openers, including 2-4 under Turner Gill.
The Flames are 18-7 when playing their opener in Lynchburg, including 12-2 at Williams Stadium and 1-0 under Turner Gill. Liberty has won seven straight lid-lifters in Lynchburg since a 23-3 setback to Western Carolina in 2002.
Liberty is kicking off its season at Williams Stadium for just the second time in the last 10 years. The Flames also topped Delaware State by a 32-13 count at home in the 2015 opener. (The 52-7 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) to begin the 2010 season took place in Lynchburg, but was played at City Stadium.)
Last year's season opener saw Liberty post a 48-45 triumph at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017. The Flames are seeking back-to-back season-opening victories for the first time since winning five openers in a row between 2004-08.
The win over Baylor marked the Flames' first-ever season-opening victory over an FBS opponent. Liberty is 1-6 all-time in such contests, including 1-4 under Turner Gill.