Game Day Central: Troy
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.
"4 Downs" with the Trojans 1. Saturday's contest will be the first gridiron meeting between Liberty and Troy in 25 years. Then known as Troy State, the Trojans posted a 35-13 home victory over the Flames in the teams' most recent matchup, on Oct. 9, 1993. The previous season, Liberty had dealt Troy its only loss of the 1992 campaign. Saturday will mark the first visit to Williams Stadium by a Sun Belt Conference team. 2. Liberty's two most recent opponents at Williams Stadium (North Texas and Troy) faced one another in the 2017 New Orleans Bowl. Troy enjoyed a 50-30 triumph over the Mean Green in that contest. The Flames have won both of their previous meetings with Sun Belt Conference opponents, including a 55-48 overtime victory at Appalachian State on Oct. 11, 2014 and a 41-33 triumph at Georgia State on Oct. 3, 2015. 3. Liberty owns three victories over Troy all-time in team head-to-head competitions. In addition to the Flames' 1992 football triumph over the Trojans, the baseball team posted a 5-2 victory on March 21, 1997 in Miami, Fla., and the women's tennis squad swept Troy 7-0 at home on Feb. 11, 2018. 4. Both teams' quarterbacks rank among the nation's leaders in different statistical categories. Troy QB Kaleb Barker is ranked No. 4 nationally in completion percentage (73.0 percent), while Liberty QB Stephen Calvert would rank No. 5 in the nation for passing yards per game (331.2) if Liberty were eligible for the FBS statistical rankings this season.
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