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Football Weekly Recap: James Madison

September 26, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Football Weekly Recap: James Madison

Following each Flames football contest during the 2010 season, LibertyFlames.com will revisit the prior day's game, providing news and notes from the game and a complete postgame interview with head coach Danny Rocco (either audio or video).

Today's recap takes a look back at Liberty's 10-3 setback to No. 3 James Madison, a game that was dominated by both squads' defense. The loss is the Flames' second in a row and drops Liberty's record to 2-2 on the season.

News and Notes from the James Madison game:

• Following the 10-3 loss to No. 3 James Madison, Liberty is now 10-41 all-time against nationally ranked FCS opponents (including a 3-3 record under head coach Danny Rocco).
• Liberty was one of 10 Top 25 FCS programs to suffer a loss on Saturday.
• For just the second time in five seasons under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty finished a game without scoring a touchdown.
• The last time Liberty failed to score a touchdown in a game under head coach Danny Rocco was in a 10-3 loss at Towson on Sept. 16, 2006 (Rocco's third game at Liberty).
• Liberty was held more than 200 yards below its season average against James Madison, as Liberty finished the contest with 264 total offensive yards on 64 plays (average 4.1 per play).
• Liberty come into the game averaging 466.3 total offensive yards per game and was ranked No. 9 in the country in average total offensive yards.
• Following the game against James Madison, Liberty now ranks No. 17 in the country, averaging 415.75 total offensive yards per game.
• The 264 total offensive yards marked the seventh time Liberty has finished a Danny Rocco coached game with less than 300 total offensive yards.
• Liberty continued its 2010 trend against James Madison, picking up 11 out of 16 first downs via its passing game.
• Liberty has now recorded 87 first downs in 2010, with 52 first downs coming on passing plays (59.7 percent).
• Liberty now ranks No. 20 in the country in first down offense, averaging 21.75 first downs per game.
• Liberty currently ranks No. 7 nationally in first downs by passing plays (52), ranking behind Elon (66), Stephen F. Austin (64), Jackson State (60), Jacksonville (57), Old Dominion (55) and Weber State (54).
• Liberty managed to cross James Madison's 20-yard line once, on an 18-play, 95-yard drive that resulted in a 19-yard Matt Bevins field goal.
• Liberty is one of eight FCS teams in the country to have scored each time it has crossed its opponent's 20-yard line in 2010 (10 drives, resulting in five field goals and five touchdowns).
• Dating back to last year's James Madison game on Sept. 29, 2009, Liberty has now scored on 49-of-50 drives that have crossed its opponent's 20-yard line.
• For the seventh time under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty failed to rush for 100 yards in a game, as Liberty finished the James Madison game with 61 team rushing yards.
• The 61 team rushing yards were the third lowest under head coach Danny Rocco (58 yards against Towson in 2006 and 55 yards against Charleston Southern in 2009).
• Liberty finished the game with 203 passing yards, marking the sixth-straight game the Flames have passed for 200 or more yards (including the last two games of 2009).
• The six-straight 200-yard passing games is the second longest 200-yard passing streak under head coach Danny Rocco (longest was seven games … last six games of 2008 and the first game of 2009).
• Liberty now ranks No. 10 nationally in passing offense, averaging 299.5 passing yards per game.
• Liberty finished the James Madison game by completing 21-of-32 passing attempts and now has completed 95-of-143 passing attempts this season (66.43).
• Liberty's 66.43 passing completion percentage currently ranks No. 9 nationally (95-of-143).
• For the first time this season, Liberty finished a game without allowing a sack and now ranks No. 17 nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.00).
• Liberty failed to convert on a fourth-and-one play midway through the second quarter and is now 0-of-3 on fourth-down plays in 2010.
• Last year, Liberty finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country in fourth-down efficiency, as Liberty converted on 7-of-10 fourth-down plays.
• For the 10th time in five seasons under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty allowed an opponent to rush for 200 or more yards as James Madison rushed for 203 yards (four of the other nine times were by VMI and the Keydets' option-based offense).
• For the second time this year and the eighth time under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty held an opponent under 100 yards passing in a game, as James Madison threw for 78 yards.
• James Madison's 78 yards tied a season low for an opponent (also by St. Francis, Pa., in the season opener) and is tied for the fifth fewest passing yards allowed in a game under head coach Danny Rocco.
• For the second time this season, Liberty held an opponent to less than 300 total offensive yards, as James Madison finished the contest with 283 total offensive yards on 55 plays (5.1 average yards per play).
• Liberty has now held 19 out of 49 opponents under 300 total offensive yards in five seasons under head coach Danny Rocco (38.8 percent).
• For the third-straight game, Liberty held an opponent to three third-down conversions, as James Madison finished the game 3-of-13 on third down plays.
• Liberty now ranks No. 8 nationally in third-down defensive efficiency, having allowed 13 first downs on 49 third-down plays (26.53 percent).
• For the fourth game in a row this season, Liberty ended the contest by winning the time of possession battle, finishing with a season-best 32:15-27:45 TOP edge over James Madison.
• After recording a rushing touchdown in 42-straight weeks, Liberty finished the James Madison game without a rushing touchdown for its second contest in row without a scoring run.
• The Flames, who have rushed for 118 touchdowns in the last five years, have not gone consecutive games without a rushing touchdown since games No. 2, 3 and 4 of the 2005 season.
• For the first time this season, the Flames finished a game with less than seven tackles for a loss, as Liberty recorded five tackles for a loss against James Madison.
• Liberty now ranks No. 32 in the country in tackles for a loss, as Liberty is averaging 6.75 tackles for a loss per game.
• For the fourth-straight game, quarterback Mike Brown passed for more than 200 yards in a game, as the junior finished the James Madison game with 203 passing yards.
• Mike Brown is the fifth quarterback in program history to post four-straight 200-yard passing games and the first since Biff Parson in 2000.
• Mike Brown finished the James Madison game with 229 total offensive yards on 43 plays, passing for 203 yards and rushing for an additional 26 yards.
• Mike Brown now ranks No. 4 nationally in total offense, as he is averaging 322.00 total offensive yards per game.
• Mike Brown completed 21-of-32 passing attempts, while tossing an interception late in the fourth quarter, and now ranks No. 14 nationally in passing efficiency (146.56).
• Chris Summers led the Flames with eight receptions for 66 yards, marking fourth-straight game the wide receiver has led the team in receptions.
• Chris Summers now ranks No. 3 in the country in receptions per game (8.75) and No. 5 in receiving yards per game (107.25).
• For the first time this season, Chris Summers finished a game without a touchdown reception and now ranks No. 2 nationally with five receiving touchdowns (Elon's Aaron Mellette leads the country with six touchdown receptions after two receiving touchdowns against Georgia Southern on Saturday).
Korrey Davis finished the James Madison game with a season-high 13 rushing attempts for 25 total yards.
• The 13 rushing attempts for Korrey Davis was the most rushing attempts in a game this season by a Liberty running back (Mike Brown had 16 rushing attempts against Robert Morris and 18 rushing attempts against Ball State).
Mike Larsson finished the James Madison game with a career-high 241 punting yards and tied a career high with six punt attempts.
• Mike Larsson's previous career high was 219 total punting yards against Charleston Southern in 2009 on six punt attempts.
• Mike Larsson finished the James Madison game with three of his six punts pinning James Madison inside its 20-yard line, marking the second time Larsson has finish a game in his career with three punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
• For the fourth time in his career, Mike Larsson finished a game with a punt average above 40 yards, as he averaged 40.2 yards per punt against James Madison.
• For his career, Mike Larsson has now placed 40.6 percent of his punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line (28-of-69).
• Matt Bevins gave Liberty its lone points of the game with a 19-yard field goal early in the second quarter, marking the 39th career field goal for Bevins.
• Matt Bevins now ranks second in both program and Big South history with 39 career field goals (Big South record – Coastal Carolina's Josh Hoke with 40 field goals, program record – Daniel Whitehead with 43 field goals).
Kyle O'Donnell led the Flames with a career-high 14 tackles against James Madison, including a career-best 10 assisted tackles.
• The James Madison game total more than doubled Kyle O'Donnell's previous career high, as he had recorded six tackles against Gardner-Webb last year and in each of the previous two games against Ball State and Robert Morris.
• Kyle O'Donnell almost doubled his season total in one game, as the linebacker came into the James Madison contest with 17 tackles after the first three games of the season.
• The 14-tackle effort against James Madison moved Kyle O'Donnell into fifth place in the Big South standings, as he is averaging 7.8 tackles per game.
• Kyle O'Donnell's 14-tackle effort is the third-best, single-game tackle performance this season by any defender in the Big South Conference.
• Kyle O'Donnell's 14-tackle game is the highest single-game tackle total for Liberty since Nick Hursky recorded 15 tackles against Gardner-Webb in 2008.
Doncel Bolt finished the James Madison game with nine tackles, marking a season high as the linebacker came into the game with 11 tackles during the first three games of the year.
• Doncel Bolt's nine-tackle effort against James Madison was tied for the third-best tackle performance of his career (13 against James Madison in 2009 and 10 against Charleston Southern in 2009).
Terry Adams had a season high with seven tackles against James Madison, besting his six-tackle effort the previous week against Robert Morris.
• Terry Adams' seven-tackle effort against James Madison is tied for his second-best, single-game performance in his career (eight tackles against VMI in 2009 and seven tackles against West Virginia in 2009).
• Terry Adams finished the James Madison game with 2.5 tackles for a loss, tying a career high as he also finished last year's VMI game with 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Kevin Fogg recorded his first career interception against James Madison and Liberty's second intercepted pass of the 2010 season.