Dogs downed

Flames blast No. 25 Bryant for third straight win The Liberty Flames football team (3-1) dominated the No. 25 Football Championship Subdivision team in the nation in the NCAA coaches poll, the Bryant University Bulldogs (3-1) 38-21 at Williams Stadium Saturday, Sept. 20. On the first possession of the game, with only a few seconds until the 13-minute mark in […]

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Mind games

Flames are in full preparation mode for No. 23 Heels By the time the Liberty Flames kick off against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on Aug. 30, they will know the Tar Heels fight song, word for word. The reason? Flames head coach Turner Gill has been playing it throughout practice as part of last week’s switch to “full […]

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Big South prepares for action

Preview for the upcoming 2014-2015 Flames football conference opponents The Liberty Flames football team will kick off conference play against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Oct. 25 for another season in the Big South Conference and attempt to defend as co-Big South Champions. After losing Virginia Military Institute (VMI) to the Southern Conference, Monmouth University took the Keydets place as the […]

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Offense triumphs

Defense falls short in football’s annual red vs. white spring game Fans took in their first glimpse of 2014 Liberty football at the annual spring game Saturday, April 12, in which the white team prevailed over the red squad 70-52. Yes, 70-52. The final score was a result of an unorthodox scoring system rather than a Vesuvius-like offensive eruption. Points […]

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‘We talkin’ about practice’

The Flames have already begun their training for the upcoming season One week into spring at Liberty University, there has been a little bit of snow, rain, sunshine and, for the first time of 2014, a little bit of football. The Flames finally got out onto the Williams Stadium turf after months in the weight room when spring practice began […]

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Football reloads

Head Coach Turner Gill signed 13 recruits The defending co-Big South champion Flames football team looks to build on its 2013 success with the help of 13 new players as it gears up for the new season. Last year, the Flames tied for first place in the Big South Conference last season. However, they lost vital components of their team, […]

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Flames roll to third-straight win

Liberty’s defense continued its dominant play with a 35-14 victory over conference opponent Presbyterian The Liberty Flames (6-4, 3-1 Big South) running game demoralized the Presbyterian Blue Hose (3-6, 1-2 Big South) Saturday, Nov. 9, as the Blue Hose allowed 231 yards on the ground in a 35-14 Flames victory. Running back Desmond Rice led the Flames with 96 yards […]

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Defense key against Keydets

The Flames allowed only 204 total yards and 14 first downs in their 17-7 victory over VMI The Liberty Flames football team (5-4, 2-1 Big South) came up just short of making school history Saturday, Nov. 2 in its 17-7 victory over the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Keydets (1-8, 0-4 Big South) in Liberty’s military appreciation game. In the 13th […]

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Living in the Word

On the trip back home from Boiling Springs, N.C., the Liberty football team celebrated a 24-0 victory over Gardner-Webb. Exhausted and weary from Saturday’s game the following day, the team prepared its game plan for Virginia Military Institute. After preparation, most players headed home, but some stayed behind. For the entire football season, a group of football players meet on […]

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Beatty, Bulldogs held in check by Flames D

A complete game is what the Liberty Flames (4-4, 1-1 Big South) strived for after a homecoming loss, and pitching a shutout on the road against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (4-4, 0-2 Big South) was exactly that. Last season, Gardner-Webb’s redshirt junior quarterback Lucas Beatty threw for 383 yards. But the Flames held Beatty to 200 passing yards and sacked […]

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Homecoming heartbreak

To slay a giant, a team must make key plays in big moments. While the Liberty Flames (3-4, 0-1 Big South) battled in the game against the No. 3 (coaches poll) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (7-0, 2-0 Big South), they came up short in front of a crowd of 18,911 (third largest in school history), 55-52 in double overtime. After failing […]

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Panthers tamed in 73-7 rout

Liberty Flames wide receiver Darrin Peterson snatched a 55-yard bomb from quarterback Josh Woodrum and strolled into the end zone on the Flames first offensive play of the game to begin the Flames (3-2, 0-0 Big South) 73-7 annihilation of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers (0-4). “That was our first play call,” Liberty Head Coach Turner Gill said.” “It’s outstanding seeing […]

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From game manager to playmaker

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Woodrum has transformed his game to become a leader this season While sitting in his living room at home, Josh Woodrum’s dad asked him if he was ready for his first varsity start. Little did Woodrum know, the start would be just the beginning of a successful football career that still is in the making. “When […]

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Downpour of emotions

Two blocked field goals and two turnovers hurt Flames in soggy 30-21 loss to Richmond Playing against a coach who brought current Liberty football juniors and seniors into the program makes for an emotional setting. No matter the end result, a bittersweet taste is all that remains. For former Liberty Flames (2-2, 0-0 Big South) and current No. 20 Richmond […]

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