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Football Opponent Preview: New Mexico

September 26, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: New Mexico
Game Note vs. New Mexico  

On the heels of back-to-back home wins, Liberty (2-2) will wrap up its three-game homestand against New Mexico (2-1), the first MWC squad ever to visit Williams Stadium.

"4 Downs" with the Lobos

1. The Flames and Lobos both feature No. 1 national rankings on the NCAA FBS statistical charts this season. Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden leads all FBS players in both receiving yards (544) and receiving yards per game (136.0). Meanwhile, New Mexico is the only one out of 130 FBS programs which has yet to allow a quarterback sack in 2019.
2. Liberty and New Mexico will be meeting for the second time, with both matchups coming within a 365-day span. The Flames are aiming to improve to 2-0 against the Lobos and make New Mexico the first FBS team it has ever defeated multiple times. Two of the Flames' last three home games this season will see teams from the Land of Enchantment visit Lynchburg. Liberty will close the regular season by hosting New Mexico State on Nov. 30.
3. Liberty QB Stephen Calvert has recorded three 400-yard passing games during his career, including a 417-yard outing at New Mexico last season. Meanwhile, New Mexico QBs have combined for just three 300-yard efforts over the past four seasons. However, one of those was Sheriron Jones' 312-yard showing against Liberty in 2018.
4. New Mexico has won four bowl games in program history, with the most recent triumph coming on its home field over UTSA in the 2016 New Mexico Bowl. The Lobos' men's basketball team has won four Mountain West Conference Tournament titles, including a 2005 crown under the direction of current Liberty Head Coach Ritchie McKay.