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Audio:Danny Rocco's Postgame Press Conference

September 28, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Listen to Danny Rocco's postgame press conference after the Youngstown State game.

Listen to Danny Rocco's postgame press conference after the Youngstown State game.

Link Photo Gallery and Game Story from Liberty's 31-28 victory at Youngstown State

Danny Rocco's postgame press conference (Audio file)

On Saturday, the Flames moved to 4-0 with a 31-28 road victory at Youngstown State. With the victory, the Flames remain unbeaten in 2008, moving their record to 4-0 on the season, and extend their winning streak to an FCS-best nine-straight games. The win was Liberty's ninth over a ranked FCS opponent in program history and the first since Liberty defeated No. 24 Charleston Southern, 34-20, on Nov. 11, 2006.

For the second year in a row, LibertyFlames.com will be bringing audio and video footage from head coach Danny Rocco's postgame press conferences for each of Liberty's 12-regular season games. Video footage will be provided for all home games, while audio coverage will follow Liberty's five road contests.

There is a photo gallery available for view of Saturday's game by clicking on the game recap link here, or at the top of this page.

News and Notes from the Youngstown State game:
•With the victory, the Flames push their winning streak to nine-straight games, which is the longest winning streak nationally among FCS programs.
• Liberty's nine-game winning streak ranks second best in program history, falling only behind a 10-game winning streak that spanned the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
• Liberty's victory over No. 23 Youngstown State marks the ninth time the Flames have defeated a nationally ranked FCS program.
• The victory over the Penguins gives Liberty its second win over a Top 25 FCS program under head coach Danny Rocco, as the Flames also beat No. 24 Charleston Southern on Nov. 11, 2006.
• The road victory marks the program's first win away from Williams Stadium over a ranked FCS program since 1997, when the Flames closed out the campaign with a 25-19 victory over No. 15 Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., on Nov. 22.
• The game was played in front of 18,978 fans, marking the largest crowd to ever see a Flames win on the road (surpassing the Liberty's victory over Eastern Michigan on Oct. 14, 1989, which had 14,127 fans in attendance).
• The win gives the Flames two victories over Youngstown State at Stambaugh Stadium (also a 10-8 win on Oct. 19, 1991), making Liberty one of nine programs in YSU history to have multiple victories over the Penguins at their home facility.
• For the third time this year, Liberty surpassed the 200-team rushing yard mark with 252 yards on 44 attempts, giving the Flames a 230.5 average team rushing yard mark per game.
• The Flames committed a season-low three penalties in the game, resulting in 14 total penalty yards.
• The trio of penalties is tied for the fewest total penalties committed by Liberty under head coach Danny Rocco and is the fewest total penalty yards under the third-year skipper (also had three penalties for 19 yards against St. Francis, Pa., and three for 25 yards against Toledo last year).
• The Flames finished the game converting on 75 percent of third-down plays, getting a new set of downs 8-out-of-12 times to set a new season high for total third-down conversions.
• Liberty has converted on more third-down plays only three other times under head coach Danny Rocco, picking up nine against Presbyterian in 2007 (9-of-15) and nine against William & Mary (9-of-15) and Coastal Carolina (9-of-15) in 2006.
• For the third-straight game, Liberty finished a contest with three or more sacks as the Flames hit the mark on the nose with a trio of quarterback tackles, resulting in a loss of 24 yards.
• Liberty finished the game with a season-high 42 solo tackles, the eighth-most team solo tackles under third-year head coach Danny Rocco.
• Liberty finished with exactly the same number of punt and kickoff returns with the same yardage totals, as the Flames returned three punts and kickoffs for 59 total yards (an average of 19.7 yards per special teams return).
• Despite the season-best 252 team rushing yards, Liberty picked up 11 of its 21 first downs by virtue of the passing game, which marked the team's second-best passing first down total of the year (ranking behind Liberty's 12 passing first downs against North Greenville in the season opener).
• Rashad Jennings rushed for a career-high 220 yards, besting his previous mark of 196 yards against Presbyterian set last year.
• With his 220-yard effort, Rashad Jennings became the 13th player in program history to rush for 200 yards in a game and the first since Zach Terrell rushed for 241 yards against Chattanooga in 2005.
• Rashad Jennings' 220 rushing yards ranks as the sixth most-rushing single-game yards by a player in Big South Conference history.
• Rashad Jennings posted his fifth career three-rushing touchdown game, extending his own Big South Conference record.
• With his three-touchdown effort, Rashad Jennings became the second player in Big South history to rush for 30 career touchdowns (joining Coastal Carolina's Aundres Perkins and his 46 career rushing touchdowns).
• The Youngstown State game marked the 15th time Rashad Jennings has rushed for more than a 100 yards in a game, tying him with VMI's Sean Mizzer for the second-most, 100-yard rushing performances in Big South history.
• Rashad Jenning's 55-yard run midway through the second quarter was the fifth longest rushing play of the senior's three-year career at Liberty.
• Zach Terrell's three-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter was the 29th of his career, placing him just one behind Jenning's for third place on the Big South all-time career rushing touchdown list.
• Zach Terrell's 51-yard pass to Dominic Bolden midway through the third quarter to set up its third touchdown was the first pass the senior had thrown since the Charleston Southern game on Nov. 11, 2006 (12 games).
• The 51-yard pass from Terrell to Bolden was also a new career long for the former full-time quarterback, bettering his 45-yard pass to Brandon Turner against Savannah State on Sept. 23, 2006.
• The 24-yard game winning field by Matt Bevins was the second of the freshman's collegiate kicking career, as he also kicked a 38-yarder against North Greenville in the Flames' season opener.
• Nick Hursky led the Flames with 13 tackles, marking the 11th time the senior has posted a double-figure tackle total in a game.
• Nick Hursky finished the Youngstown State game with 13 tackles, ranking as the second-highest, single-game tackle total of the linebacker's career (career high was 17 stops against UConn as a freshman in 2005).
• Ryan Greiser followed Hursky with 10 tackles, marking the sixth time the senior has finished a game with a double-figure tackle total.