The Flames will begin a two-game homestand when they welcome Sun Belt Conference leader Troy to Williams Stadium on Saturday for Family Weekend.
Game Day Central Links: • Live Audio (LFSN Radio) • Live Stats (LibertyFlames.com) • Live Video (ESPN3) • Liberty Game Notes • Troy Game Notes • Williams Stadium • Williams Stadium Clear Bag Policy • Liberty University Family Weekend Information • Flames Ticket Office • Weather – Lynchburg, Va.
Flames Nation Facts - Top Five Things Fans Need to Know for Satuday! • Gates Open at 12 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: 5,000 Liberty Flags • Feeling Safe at the Stadium - Increased security measures, magnetometers, clear bag policy and more
Official Kickoff: 2:06 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: 12:30 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 (2-3) returns home to face Sun Belt Conference leader Troy (5-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) for the first time in 25 years, Saturday afternoon. 2) Liberty is 2-0 all-time against Sun Belt opponents, including victories at Appalachian State (2014) and Georgia State (2015). Saturday will mark the first visit to Williams Stadium by a Sun Belt squad. 3. The game will feature two highly ranked quarterbacks, as Troy QB Kaleb Barker is listed No. 4 nationally for completion percentage (73.0) and Liberty QB Stephen Calvert is No. 5 in the nation for passing yards per game (331.2). 4. Liberty is passing for 343.8 yards per game in 2018. The Flames will be challenged by a Troy defense which is averaging 3.33 sacks per outing and has recorded 13 takeaways already this season. 5. Liberty QB Stephen Calvert has posted back-to-back 300-yard passing games, four this season and 11 for his career. The junior has totaled 6,950 career passing yards and needs 87 more to move into fourth place on Liberty's all-time list. 6. Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden has been Calvert's favorite target, pacing the Flames in catches (32), yards (497) and receiving TDs (5). During the past two games, Gandy-Golden has hauled in 18 passes for 360 yards and a pair of scores.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Give the Flames a 2-1 all-time record against Troy, thanks to their first victory over the Trojans since Oct. 17, 1992. • Keep the Flames unbeaten all-time when facing Sun Belt opponents, at 3-0. • Improve the Flames' all-time record against opponents from Alabama to 4-7. • Move the Flames within one win of a program milestone, pushing their all-time record to 249-234-4 in 46 seasons of football. • Halt Troy's five-game overall winning streak (started after a season-opening 56-20 loss to Boise State on Sept. 1) and the Trojans' seven-game road winning streak (started after a 24-13 loss at Boise State on Sept. 2, 2017). • Deal Troy just its third loss in its last 19 games, dating back to Sept. 9, 2017.
Rubber Match Saturday's game will be the third gridiron meeting between Liberty and Troy, but the first in 25 years.
The Flames recorded a 9-7 victory over the Trojans at Williams Stadium on Oct. 17, 1992. It marked Troy's only loss of a 10-1 campaign in 1992.
The following year, Troy obtained a measure of revenge with a 35-13 home triumph against the Flames on Oct. 9, 1993. The Trojans, ranked No. 3 in the NCAA 1-AA rankings at the time of the meeting, finished 12-1-1 and reached the NCAA 1-AA national semifinals.
Saturday's matchup will be the teams' first meeting as FBS foes. Troy joined the FBS ranks in 2001, while this is Liberty's inaugural FBS season.
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