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Flames Continue to Move up in National Polls

September 29, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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For the fourth-consecutive week, the Flames are ranked inside the Top 25, as Liberty is ranked No. 20 in the Sports Network and No. 21 in the FCS Coaches polls.

For the fourth-consecutive week, the Flames are ranked inside the Top 25, as Liberty is ranked No. 20 in the Sports Network and No. 21 in the FCS Coaches polls.

Liberty's 31-28 victory over No. 23 Youngstown State helped the Flames continue to climb up in the national polls, as Liberty is ranked No. 20 in the Sports Network and No. 21 in the FCS Coaches Polls, which were released earlier this afternoon.

Matt Bevins connected on a 24-yard field goal as time expired, Saturday evening, lifting the Flames to the three-point victory over the Penguins. The win was the Flames' second victory over a Top 25 FCS team under head coach Danny Rocco and Liberty's first road victory over a ranked FCS opponent since 1997, when the Flames closed out the campaign with a 25-19 win over No. 15 Appalachian State.

In the Sports Network poll, Liberty moved up from No. 25 to No. 20, accounting for the team's fourth-straight week in the national Top 25. This marks the first time the Flames have ranked inside the Top 20 since 1997, as Liberty was ranked No. 19 in the AP-USA Today Top 25 poll leading into the Flames Nov. 15 contest against No. 21 Hofstra.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, Liberty, who dropped from No. 25 to others receiving votes following an idle week last week, moved up to No. 21 this week.

Liberty also received Top 25 recognition in two other FCS rankings. The Flames were named No. 19 in the Sports Media Entertainment Network Top 25 poll and No. 22 in the AnyGivenSaturday.com Top 25 listing. Liberty ranked No. 25 and No. 26 in those respective polls last week.

The four-straight weeks in the Sports Network Top 25 national ranking marks the third time in program history Liberty has cracked the Top 25 over a four-consecutive week span. The Flames also accomplished the feat in 1989 and 1993.

The Flames will put their national rankings and the nation's longest FCS winning streak, which is at nine games, on the line this weekend when they open Big South Conference play against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The 7 p.m. kickoff at Brooks Stadium marks the beginning of Liberty's Big South championship title defense, following the program's first-ever conference crown in 2007.