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Shutout Helps Flames Gain Ground in Polls

October 27, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Colin Dugan and the Flames moved up several spots in the national polls following their 42-0 victory over Charleston Southern, as Liberty is ranked No. 17 in the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week.

Colin Dugan and the Flames moved up several spots in the national polls following their 42-0 victory over Charleston Southern, as Liberty is ranked No. 17 in the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week.

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FCS Coaches Poll

Following their second-straight shutout of a Big South opponent, the Flames moved to No. 17 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches Polls, which were released earlier today.

The 42-0 Homecoming victory over Charleston Southern helped the 7-1 Flames move up three spots in the Sports Network poll.

William & Mary, who was not even in the Top 25 two weeks ago, narrowly edged out the Flames for No. 16 following the Tribe's 34-24 victory over Rhode Island.

Liberty, Lafayette, South Carolina State and William & Mary had the largest leaps on the week in the FCS Coaches Poll, with each squad moving up four spots from the previous week.

The Flames moved up to No. 17, while William & Mary (No. 19), South Carolina (No. 20) and Lafayette (No. 22) all trail Liberty in the weekly ranking.

Elon, Liberty's regular-season finale opponent on Nov. 22, suffered one of the larger drops in voting this week, following its 55-20 setback to No. 3/5 Wofford. The Phoenix now rank No. 10 in the Sports Network poll and No. 12 in the FCS Coaches listing.

The No. 17 ranking in both national FCS listings marks the eight-straight week the Flames have appeared in the national Top 25 ranking, extending the program's record for consecutive weeks in the rankings.

The Flames will put their newest national ranking on the line this weekend when Liberty travels to Clinton, S.C., to face off against Presbyterian. The gridiron battle between Liberty and its future Big South foe is slated for 1:30 p.m., at Bailey Memorial Stadium.