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November 7, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: BYU

Game Note vs. BYU

Game three of the Flame's four-game road swing takes Liberty to Provo, Utah, where the Flames will square off against fellow FBS independent BYU on ESPNU.

"4 Downs" with the Cougars   

1. Liberty needs one victory in its three remaining games to achieve bowl eligibility for the first time. Meanwhile, BYU requires two wins in its last four games to become bowl eligible. The Cougars have played in 36 bowl games all-time including a 49-18 triumph over Western Michigan in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Saturday's game will mark the Flames' inaugural contest televised on ESPNU.

2. Saturday's contest is the first of two scheduled meetings between the Flames and Cougars. BYU is slated to make its first visit to Williams Stadium on Oct. 22, 2022. Liberty has scored 60+ points twice this season (62 vs. Hampton and 63 at UMass), marking its first year with a pair of 60-point games since 2007 (68 vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) and 73 vs. VMI). The Flames have never recorded three 60-point outings during a single campaign.

3. Three different players have started at QB for BYU during the last four weeks, including Zach Wilson, Jaren Hall and Baylor Romney. On the opposite side of the ball, Liberty QB Stephen Calvert is in line to make his 40th consecutive start on Saturday, a streak which began Oct. 1, 2016 vs. Robert Morris.

4. BYU has faced a challenging schedule this season, matching up with four Top 25 foes (beat No. 24 USC and No. 13/14 Boise State and lost to No. 15 Utah and No. 21/22 Washington). Liberty is 0-2 all-time versus FBS Top 25 opposition, including its 24-0 home loss to No. 22/22 Syracuse during this year's season opener on Aug. 31.