Following a season-opening win over Old Dominion at home, the Flames hit the road for the first time in 2018 when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to face the Black Knights of Army.
Game Day Central Links: • Live Audio (LFSN Radio) • Live Stats (GoArmyWestPoint.com) • Live Video (CBS Sports Network) • Liberty Game Notes • Army Game Notes • Michie Stadium • Game Day Information Guide • Parking Information • Flames Ticket Office • Weather – West Point, N.Y.
Official Kickoff: 12:02 p.m. (EST)
TV Coverage: CBS Sports Network (Direct TV 221 – Dish Network - 158) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Ben Holden Color Commentator: Jay Feely Sideline Reporter: Tina Cervasio
Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 10:30 a.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce, Alan York and Matt Warner
Saturday's Top Storylines 1. Liberty (1-0) will play its first road game as an FBS member, traveling to Army (0-1) for its first-ever meeting with the Black Knights. The Flames will be challenged, as Army is coming off of a 10-win season and has won seven straight home games. 2. After its history-making 52-10 victory in last Saturday's FBS debut against Old Dominion, Liberty will attempt to accomplish more program "firsts." The Flames have never defeated an FBS independent team and have never won a game in New York. 3. Liberty is just 2-7 in its first away game of the year during the last nine seasons. However, both victories (2010 at Ball State and 2017 at Baylor) have come at the expense of FBS opponents. 4. QB Stephen Calvert opened his junior season by passing for 345 yards and 4 TDs against Old Dominion. He now has eight career 300-yard games and needs two TDs to become the fourth Flame ever to tally 50 career TD passes. 5. Calvert's top targets were DJ Stubbs (career-high 155 receiving yards) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (program record-tying three TD receptions). RB Kentory Matthews also recorded his second career 100-yard rushing effort (101 yards). 6. A revamped Liberty defense held Old Dominion's high-powered offense to 10 points and 129 rushing yards on 3.3 yards per carry. The Flames will now try to limit an Army offense that led all FBS teams with 362.3 rushing yards per game last season.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Mark the Flames' first road victory as an FBS team. • Give the Flames their first victory over an FBS independent team. Liberty is 0-4 when facing FBS independents. • Be the Flames' first win in the state of New York in program history. Liberty is 0-7 all-time when playing in the Empire State. • Enable the Flames to start 2-0 for the second straight year. Liberty has not opened back-to-back seasons at 2-0 since doing so in 2006, 2007 and 2008. • Give the Flames a victory in their road opener in back-to-back seasons. Liberty has not done so since winning the first road game during each of its first three NCAA Division I-AA (FCS) seasons (1988, 1989 and 1990). • Snap Army's seven-game home winning streak. The Black Knights have not lost at Michie Stadium since Nov. 5, 2016 against Air Force.
5th Try vs. FBS Independents Saturday's contest will be the Flames' fifth all-time meeting with an FBS independent squad. Liberty is in search of its first victory versus an FBS independent. Below is a look at the Flames' previous clashes with FBS independents.
Oct. 24, 1992 - 27-21 loss at Northern Illinois Oct. 13, 2001 - 63-0 loss at UCF Oct. 27, 2001 - 68-37 loss at South Florida Oct. 5, 2013 - 21-17 loss at Old Dominion