Coastal Carolina scored 21 second half points and used a solid 60-minute defensive effort to down the visiting Flames, Saturday afternoon, 36-12, at Brooks Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes are radio highlights from the contest courtesy of the Flames Sports Network's radio crew, plus Coach Turner Gill's postgame interview with FSN radio sideline reporter Nick Pierce.
Throughout the season, LibertyFlames.com will run a similar feature online each Sunday, spotlighting the notable accomplishments and numbers from the previous day's gridiron battle.
Coastal Carolina Game News & Notes:
Series with Coastal Carolina: • Following Saturday's game, the series is now tied, 5-5 • Coming into the game, Liberty had won four of the previous five meetings in the series • Liberty falls to 1-4 in contest played at Brooks Stadium • The Flames lone victory in Conway, S.C., took place in 2008
Offensive Notes from Coastal Carolina game: • Coastal Carolina limited Liberty to a season low 12 points
• In three of the Flames' four road games this year, Liberty has been held below 20 points scored (Wake Forest: 17, Montana: 14, Presbyterian College: 56, Coastal Carolina: 12) • The Flames were held to a season low 265 total offensive yards • Prior to the Coastal Carolina game, Liberty's previous low was 342 total offensive yards at Montana • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 25 in the country in total offense (averaging 424.00 yards per game) • Liberty came into the Coastal Carolina game ranked No. 15 in the country in total offense (446.71 total offensive yards per game average) • The last time the Flames were held below 300 total offensive yards in a game was in a 10-3 loss at James Madison on Sept. 25, 2010 (264 yards) • Liberty finished the game with 20 first downs, five more than Coastal Carolina (15) • Liberty has now finished its last six games with 20 or more first downs • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 33 in the country in first down offense (averaging 21.5 first downs per game) • 12 of Liberty's 20 first downs against Coastal Carolina came via its passing game • On the season, Liberty is averaging 8.25 first downs per game via rushing plays, 16.17 first downs per game via passing plays and 1.23 first downs per game via penalty • Liberty has now finished six out of eight games in 2012 with 10 or more passing first downs • The Flames finished the game with 86 team rushing yards • The Coastal Carolina game marked the third time this year Liberty has been held below 100 team rushing yards in a game (Wake Forest: 91 yards, Montana: 21 yards) • Liberty's 30 rushing attempts marked the second fewest team rushing attempts by the Flames this season (season low was 27 rushing attempts at Montana) • For the second week in a row, Liberty was held below the 200-yard passing threshold, finishing the game with 179 passing yards • Third time this year Liberty has thrown for less than 200 yards in a game (Norfolk State: 158 yards, Concord: 173 yards, Coastal Carolina: 179 yards) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 26 in the country in passing offense (250.18 average passing yards per game) • The Flames completed 25 passing attempts, the sixth time in 2012 Liberty has completed 20 or more passing attempts in a game • Liberty attempted 43 passing attempts, its second highest total of the season (season high was 45 passing attempts at Montana) • Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina game converting on 6-of-17 third-down conversions (35.3 percent) • Coming into the game, Liberty ranked No. 17 in the country in third-down conversion percentage (47.0 percent – 47-of-100) • Liberty dropped five spots in the national rankings and is now ranked No. 22 in the country in third-down conversion percentage (45.3 percent – 53-of-117) • Liberty converted on one of two fourth-down conversion attempts against Coastal Carolina • Liberty has now successfully converted on three of nine fourth-down plays in 2012 • Liberty won the time of possession battle for the sixth game in a row • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 3 in the country in average time of possession (34:20) • The Flames scored a touchdown on their only time entering the red zone against Coastal Carolina • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 9 in the country in red zone efficiency (91.3 percent scoring rate) • On the season, Liberty has now scored on 21-of-23 red zone drives (10 rushing TDs, 7 passing TDs and 4 field goals) • Against Coastal Carolina, Liberty's one red zone scoring drive came when Josh Woodrum completed a 19-yard pass to Pat Kelly with the fourth quarter • Liberty allowed Coastal Carolina to record two sacks during the game • The game marked the sixth time this season Liberty has allowed more sacks than sacks it created in a game • On the season, the Flames have allowed 21 sacks and only have recorded 11 sacks • The Flames lost the turnover battle for the third straight game • Coastal Carolina created three turnovers in the game, with all three coming off interceptions • The three interceptions for Coastal Carolina marked an opponent season high • Coming into the game, Liberty had allowed only two interceptions during its previous seven games • Liberty has now allowed five interceptions in 2012 with two of the five picked off passes being returned for a touchdown (Wake Forest had 39-yard interception return for a TD; Coastal Carolina had 66-yard interception return for a TD) • Liberty has now lost the turnover battle in six out of eight games in 2012 • Liberty currently ranks No. 110 out of 121 FCS programs in the country in turnover margin (-1.13 per game game)
Defensive Notes from Coastal Carolina game: • Coastal Carolina scored an opponent season high 36 points • Prior to Saturday's game, the previous season high for points scored in a game by an opponent was 35 points by Gardner-Webb • Liberty had limited its previous two opponents to a combined 20 points (Presbyterian College: 7 points, Concord: 13 points) • Coastal Carolina finished the game with 342 total offensive yards, the third most total offense produced by an opponent this season (Norfolk State: 343 total offensive yards, Gardner-Webb: 481 total offensive yards) • Coastal Carolina became the fourth opponent in 2012 to finish a game with 300 or more total offensive yards (Norfolk State: 343 total offensive yards, Lehigh: 301 total offensive yards, Gardner-Webb: 481 total offensive yards, Coastal Carolina: 342 total offensive yards) • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 14 in the country in total defense (311.25 total offensive yards allowed per game) • Coastal Carolina finished the game with 15 first downs (9 rushing, 5 passing, 1 penalty) • Following the game, Liberty ranks No. 3 in the country in first down defense (14.13 first downs allowed per game) • The nine rushing first downs allowed by Liberty marks the third highest total by an opponent in 2012 (Norfolk State: 10, Montana: 13, Coastal Carolina: 9) • Coastal Carolina rushed for 226 yards, the second highest rushing total in a game this season by an opponent (highest was 251 yards by Norfolk State) • Coming into the game, Liberty had limited the previous four opponents to a combined 307 rushing yards or 76.75 average rushing yards per game (Lehigh: 101 yards, Gardner-Webb: 98, Presbyterian College: 56, Concord: 47) • The Coastal Carolina game marked the third time this season Liberty has allowed 200 or more rushing yards per game (Norfolk State: 251 yards, Montana: 201 yards, Coastal Carolina: 226 yards) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 34 in the country in rushing defense (135.38 rushing yards allowed per game) • The Flames held their second straight opponent to less than 200 passing yards in a game with Coastal Carolina completing 14-of-22 passing attempts for 116 yards • Liberty has now held six out of eight opponents in 2012 to less than 200 passing yards per game • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 26 in the country in passing defense (175.88 passing yards allowed per game) • Coastal Carolina became the first Liberty opponent in 2012 to finish a game with multiple touchdown passes • Following the game, Liberty is tied for No. 7 in the country in fewest total passing touchdowns allowed (Liberty has allowed six passing TDs in 2012) • Coastal Carolina finished the game converting on 9-of-16 third-down plays, marking a new opponent season high (56.25 percent) • Prior to Saturday's game, the previous opponent season high for third-down plays was recorded by Wake Forest (7-of-18/38.9 percent) • Following the game, Liberty now ranks No. 19 in the country in third-down percentage defense (32.71 percent/35-of-107)
Special Teams Notes from Coastal Carolina game: • Liberty finished the Coastal Carolina game with a combined 107 return yards (104 kickoff return yards, 3 punt return yards) • The Coastal Carolina game marked the fourth time in 2012 Liberty has recorded 100 or more total special teams return yards • Liberty held Coastal Carolina to 73 combined return yards (47 kickoff return yards, 26 punt return yards) • For the fifth time in eight games, Liberty averaged 40.0 or more yards per punt • The Flames finished the Coastal Carolina game averaging exactly 40.0 yards per punt (six punts/240 yards) • Three of Liberty's six punts pinned Coastal Carolina inside the 20-yard line • Coming into the Coastal Carolina game, Liberty had recorded only five punts that pinned its opponent inside the 20-yard line • Coastal Carolina finished the game with an opponent season low average of 28.4 yards per punt (7 punts, 199 yards)
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