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Defense Pushes Flames to Win over Trojans

October 13, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Postgame Notes

The Flames defense had its top performance of the season and the home team got a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from Stephen Calvert, pushing Liberty to a 22-16 win over visiting Troy, Saturday afternoon at Williams Stadium.

With the win, Liberty halted the third longest active road win streak in the country by a FBS team, as Troy had won seven road games in a row coming into the contest.

Calvert finished the game completing 17-of-32 passing attempts for 238 yards, including 69 yards on the game-winning that led to a touchdown with 2:23 remaining. Calvert gave the Flames the lead for good when he completed a nine-yard scoring strike to B.J. Farrow, giving the redshirt senior his fifth career 100-yard game (eight receptions, 101 yards).

Box Score Highlights:
Final Score: 22-16
Liberty (3-3)
Troy (5-2, 3-0 Sun Belt)
Location: Williams Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)
Attendance: 17,389

Turning Point:

Liberty's defense came into the game having allowed an average of 21.6 points and 272.2 offensive yards during the second half of its first five games of the season.

However, the Flames allowed only 107 yards on 38 plays (2.82 yards per play) during the last 30 minutes of the game. The Trojans did find the scoreboard twice during the second half, but were only able to add six total points on two Tyler Sumpter field goals.

During Liberty's game-winning 14-play, 89-yard drive, the Flames converted on three third-down plays, including two third and long plays of more than 10 yards (27-yard pass to tight end Fidel Obgeifun and 15-yard pass to Farrow).

Play-By-Play Breakdown:

First Quarter
• Both teams struggled to get their offense going early in the game. The two teams were held scoreless and combined for 83 yards on 29 plays until the final two plays of the first quarter (2.86 yards per play average).
• Troy's Sawyer Smith completed passes of 49 and 23 yards on the final two plays of the quarter. The second completion was a 23-yard scoring pass to Deondre Douglas to give the visitors a 7-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Second Quarter
• The Flames responded on their first drive of the second quarter, tying the game on a 29-yard pass play from Stephen Calvert to Khaleb Coleman at the 10:43 mark. The 10-play, 75-yard drive was kept alive by an eight-yard rush by Peytton Pickett on a fourth-and-one play from the Troy 29-yard line.
• Both teams added points to the scoreboard before the intermission, which saw Liberty lead, 14-10. Troy's Tyler Sumpter knocked down a 38-yard field goal at the 5:25 mark, while Pickett capped a 75-yard drive with a two-yard rushing touchdown at 2:38 to give the Flames the midpoint advantage.

Third Quarter
• Defense determined the pace of play during the third quarter. Both teams finished the 15-minute period with 17 offensive plays and a combined 86 total offensive yards (Troy 17 plays for 37 yards; Liberty 17 plays for 49 yards).
• Only points added to the scoreboard were by Sumpter, who knocked down a career-long 50-yard field goal with 10:46 left in the quarter, trimming Liberty's lead to one 14-13.

Fourth Quarter
• Sumpter allowed the visitors to reclaim the lead at the 12:48 mark of the fourth quarter, connecting on a 26-yard field goal. The sophomore's third field goal of the game gave the Trojans a 16-14 lead.
• Running back Frankie Hickson carried the ball six times during Liberty's game-winning drive, while Calvert completed 5-of-7 passing attempts for 69 yards.

What's Next:

The Flames will play their final home game of the month of October when they welcome the Idaho State Bengals to Williams Stadium, next Saturday. The afternoon contest will cap Liberty's annual Homecoming Weekend festivities. The Flames will be looking to win their ninth Homecoming game in the last 12 tries.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Williams Stadium)
Radio: LFSN Radio (Flagship Station: The Journey 88.3 FM Lynchburg)
TV: ESPN3 (LFSN TV Production) 
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. (EST)