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News and Notes from the CSU Game

October 26, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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News and notes from the Charleston Southern game.

News and notes from the Charleston Southern game.

Link Photo Gallery and Game Story from Liberty's 42-0 victory over Charleston Southern

The No. 20/21 Flames scored on their first five possessions and never looked back, en route to a 42-0 Homecoming shutout victory over Charleston Southern, Saturday afternoon at a sold out Williams Stadium.

The win was Liberty's ninth straight in conference play, setting a new league standard for consecutive victories. The game was contested in front of 14,365 fans, which is the 11th-consecutive game where the stadium was filled past capacity.

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.

Due to technical difficulties, the video footage from Saturday's postgame press conference will be released at a later time.

News and Notes from the Charleston Southern game:
• The contest was played in front of 14,365 fans, ranking as the seventh largest crowd in Williams Stadium history.
• The attendance figure gives Liberty 11-straight games filling its 12,000 seat home facility beyond capacity and 13 out of 17 home games under head coach Danny Rocco.
• Following Saturday's over capacity crowd, Liberty is now ranked No. 7 in total home attendance (73,837), No. 8 nationally in filling stadium capacity (123.06 percent), and No. 13 in average home attendance (14,767).
• With the victory, the Flames have now won nine-straight Big South games to break Coastal Carolina's record of eight-consecutive league victories.
• The win was Liberty's second-straight by shutout over a Big South opponent and the sixth total under head coach Danny Rocco.
• The victory was the 21st of head coach Danny Rocco's career at Liberty, tying him for third place on the Flames all-time coaching victories list.
• For the second-straight game, Liberty surpassed the 300-yard passing marking, accounting for the first such time the Flames have posted back-to-back 300-yard passing games under head coach Danny Rocco.
• For the fourth-straight game and the seventh time this year, Liberty amassed more than 400 yards total offensive with 492 yards, which has the Flames ranked No. 5 nationally in average total offense (457.88).
• The Flames finished with 301 more total offensive yards than Charleston Southern (492 to 191), marking the second largest margin of total offensive yards in a game under head coach Danny Rocco (largest was a 382-yard advantage against St. Francis, Pa., last year – 591-209).
• The 191 total offensive yards allowed by Liberty against Charleston Southern marked a new opponent season low and the third fewest under head coach Danny Rocco.
• The Flames allowed a season-low nine first downs against Charleston Southern, accounting for the second-fewest first downs allowed by Liberty under head coach Danny Rocco.
• For the fifth time in eight games, the Flames held an opponent under the 100-yard rushing mark (62 yards on 26 carries), which has Liberty ranked No. 25 nationally in rushing defense (108.88 yards allowed per game).
• Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game with nine third-down conversions, which is the team's second highest third-down conversion total of the year.
• The Flames converted on 9-of-12 third-down plays, enabling the Flames to climb to No. 1 in the nation for third-down conversion rate (54.7).
• For the third time this year, the Flames finished a game with a time of possession advantage (22 seconds / 30:11 to 29:49).
• The Flames averaged 9.8 yards per passing offensive play, which is the third best average of the year.
• Liberty's 9.8 average yards per passing offensive play against Charleston Southern gives the Flames five games (out of eight) in which the Flames have averaged 9.0 yards or more per passing offensive play.
• The Flames finished the contest by committing three penalties for 25 yards, tying a season low and a low under head coach Danny Rocco for penalties in a game.
• For the third time this year, Liberty finished a game with more than one interception, picking off two passes and returning the turnovers a total of 14 yards.
• Liberty forced two fumbles during the game, tying a season high.
• The Flames finished the Charleston Southern game with seven quarterback hurries, marking the team's second highest total of the year.
• For the fourth time this year, the Flames finished a game with five pass break-ups.
• Larry Claiborne's blocked punt during the first quarter was the Flames' first blocked punt since Al Bailey blocked a punt against Toledo, which Ryan Best returned five yards for a touchdown Oct. 6, 2007.
• Following the win over the Buccaneers, Liberty is now 24-12 in Homecoming contests.
• Liberty scored on its first five possessions of the game against Charleston Southern, only failing to score on its last drive during which time expired before halftime.
• Rashad Jennings finished the game with 127 rushing yards, giving him exactly 1,000 rushing yards on the year.
• Rashad Jennings has rushed for 1,000 yards for the third-straight season, becoming the first running back in program history to accomplish the feat.
• Rashad Jennings extended his Big South record to 19 career 100-yard rushing performances.
• With his 19 career 100-yard rushing games, Rashad Jennings now stands one away from tying Liberty's all-time record of 20 held by Dre Barnes.
• Rashad Jennings finished the game with two rushing touchdowns, giving him 11 on the year, which makes him the first running back in program history to finish three-straight seasons with 10 or more rushing touchdowns.
• Dominic Bolden's 25-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was the longest rushing touchdown of his career.
• Dominic Bolden's 25-yard rushing touchdown was the wide receivers second rushing touchdown of the season and the third of his career.
• Brock Smith finished the Charleston Southern game with 269 passing yards to give him 6,097 career passing yards, making him the fourth player in program and Big South history to surpass the 6,000 career passing mark.
• Both Jonathan Crawford and Dominic Bolden posted 100-yard receiving games for the second-straight week, becoming the first duo to record consecutive 100-yard receiving games in program history.
• Jonathan Crawford had a career day, catching six passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
• The two-touchdown afternoon was the second time this year Jonathan Crawford has finished with multiple touchdowns in the same game, as he opened the year with a touchdown reception and a kickoff return for a touchdown against North Greenville.
• With his 117 receiving yards on the afternoon, Dominic Bolden pushed his team-leading receiving total to 718 yards, marking the most receiving yards by a Flame since Maurice Jones finished the 1993 season with 955 yards.
• Wes Cheek nearly doubled his season-to-date tackle total against Charleston Southern, leading the Flames with a career-high nine stops on Saturday.
• Larry Claiborne also had a career day, finishing the Big South battle with the Buccaneers with seven stops.
• Trey Jacobs recorded just two tackles on the afternoon against Charleston Southern, but both were sacks, marking a new individual season high for Liberty.
• Chad Brown intercepted his first career pass, returning the giveaway 14 yards during the middle of the second quarter.