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2016 Football Opponent Preview: Jacksonville State

September 23, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Following a road contest at SMU last week, the Flames return home to host FCS national runner-up and No. 3/4 Jacksonville State on Saturday night at Williams Stadium.

Jacksonville State enters the game with a 2-1 record and is coming off a 27-26 home victory over No. 17 Coastal Carolina, last week. The Gamecock's high-powered offense is led by redshirt senior quarterback Eli Jenkins, one of 22 players who were named to the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Year Award preseason watch list.

Last Meeting with Jacksonville State
Sept. 25, 1982
Jacksonville State 42, Liberty 13
Lynchburg, Va. (City Stadium)
Series Note: Jacksonville State leads the series, 2-0
• Ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, Jacksonville State used four TD passes by Ed Lett to defeat Liberty for the second consecutive season.
• Despite the lopsided score, Liberty actually outgained the Gamecocks, 406-405.
• Liberty QB Mike Forslund completed 31-of-57 passes for 327 yards and one TD, setting then program single-game records for passes attempted, passes completed and yards passing.
• Earl Rector was Forslund's most frequent target, hauling in a school-record nine passes for 71 yards.
• Guy Shashaty added eight catches for 134 yards for the Flames, including Liberty's lone TD of the contest.