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Game Day Central: New Mexico

September 26, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames will take the first of back-to-back trips to the state of New Mexico this weekend when they travel to Albuquerque to face the Lobos of New Mexico at Dreamstyle Stadium.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (GoLobos.com.com)
Liberty Game Notes
New Mexico Game Notes
Dreamstyle Stadium
Game Day Information Guide
Parking Information
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Albuquerque, N.M.

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

TV Coverage:
None
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: N/A
Color Commentator: N/A
Sideline Reporter: N/A

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 and Brad Butler

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (1-2) plays its first of back-to-back games in the Land of Enchantment on Saturday, when the Flames make their first-ever visit to New Mexico (2-1, 0-0 Mountain West).
2. The Flames, who are facing their first Mountain West opponent in program history, are looking to snap a two-game losing skid. Meanwhile, New Mexico is off to its best three-game start since 2007.
3. A shootout could be in the making, as both Liberty and New Mexico are averaging 400+ yards per game and yielding 400+ yards per contest to opponents.
4. While New Mexico was down to third-string QB Sheriron Jones for its most recent game against New Mexico State, Liberty junior Stephen Calvert has started the last 21 games at QB for the Flames.
5. Calvert is averaging 291.3 passing yards per game this season, while throwing seven TDs and only two interceptions. He ranks No. 18 among active FBS quarterbacks with 6,168 career passing yards.
6. Liberty DE Juwan Wells is coming off of his best game of the season (9 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks) against North Texas. His career numbers now stand at 193 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. Wells is attempting to become the first Flame since 2016 to reach 200 career stops.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' first road win as an FBS squad.
• Give the Flames their first-ever victory over a Mountain West Conference opponent.
• Be Liberty's first head-to-head triumph over New Mexico in any team sport.
• Represent the Flames' first-ever win when playing in the Mountain Time Zone.
• Improve the Flames' all-time record when playing 1,000+ miles away from home to 3-5.
• Make New Mexico the 16th different state in which Liberty has won a game in program history.
• Snap New Mexico's streak of three straight Homecoming victories, handing the Lobos their first Homecoming setback since Sept. 26, 2014 versus Fresno State.

There's a First Time for Everything

Saturday's game will mark the first-ever gridiron meeting between Liberty and New Mexico. The Lobos are the Flames' third consecutive first-time opponent, following Army and North Texas.

This will be Liberty's first-ever meeting with a member of the Mountain West Conference in football.

Liberty will be playing a game in New Mexico for the first time in program history. The Land of Enchantment is the 26th different state the Flames have visited in program history.

Back-to-Back

Liberty has never played a game in New Mexico, but the Flames will do so in back-to-back weeks. The Flames return to the state for an Oct. 6 matchup at New Mexico State.

This is the first time the Flames have traveled to the same state for road games in back-to-back weeks since Sept. 6 (49-3 loss at Toledo) and Sept. 13, 2003 (62-3 loss at Bowling Green), when Liberty made consecutive visits to Ohio.

Liberty is one of five FBS teams who will play back-to-back road games in the same state this season, along with:
• Ball State (at Notre Dame & Indiana, also at Ohio and Toledo)
• Buffalo (at Ohio & Bowling Green)
• Rice (at Louisiana Tech & LSU)
• Stanford (at Cal & UCLA)