Liberty opened its quest for an eighth Big South title on Saturday night with a 36-21 road victory over Kennesaw State at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with head coach Turner Gill, running back Carrington Mosley and defensive lineman Dia'Vante Brown.
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.
Series with Kennesaw State: • Following the two-score victory, Liberty remains perfect in the series against Kennesaw State, moving to 2-0 • Saturday's win against the Owls came during Liberty's first-ever trip to Fifth Third Bank Stadium • Liberty opened the series with the Owls in 2015 with a 45-35 victory at Williams Stadium on Oct. 24 • Kennesaw State is the second Big South school that Liberty has a perfect record against in conference play (the Flames are also 7-0 in conference games against Presbyterian)
Team Talking Points: • Following the win, Liberty moves to 4-1 in contests following a bye week under head coach Turner Gill • All five of Liberty's games after a bye week under head coach Turner Gill have come against Big South teams • The win snapped Liberty's five-game losing streak on the road. The Flames' last road win came at Georgia State on Oct. 3, 2015 • With the victory, Liberty became the first Big South school to claim 50 conference victories in the league's 15-year history • The win marked Liberty's eighth in a Big South opener in the last 10 years and moved the Flames all-time to 10-5 in conference openers • The victory snapped Kennesaw State's four-game winning streak, the longest in the program's two-year history • Liberty is averaging 44.0 points per game in three wins this year, compared to 15.3 points per game in its three setbacks • Liberty finished the game with 414 total offensive yards, its second-highest total of 2016 • Liberty has surpassed 400 yards of total offense in its last two games (Robert Morris – 412; Kennesaw State – 414) after finishing three of its first four games under 300 yards of total offense (Virginia Tech – 160; SMU – 280; Jacksonville State – 181) • The Flames finished the Kennesaw State game rushing for 203 yards on 40 carries, Liberty's second highest rushing total of the season • Liberty's 203 team rushing yards marked the 17th time Liberty has rushed for more than 200 yards in a game under head coach Turner Gill • Prior to last Saturday's game at Kennesaw State, Liberty had failed to rush for 100 yards in 11 of its last 15 games • After finishing the first four games of the year with 10 interceptions, the Flames have now gone back-to-back games without throwing an interception • Liberty averaged 7.0 yards per passing play against the Owls, marking the third time this year the Flames have averaged 7.0 or more yards per passing play in a game • After the Kennesaw State game, Liberty leads the Big South in averaging passing yards per game (198.5) and passing touchdowns (10) • Liberty converted on 7-of-15 third-down plays against Kennesaw State, the third time Liberty has finished a game in 2016 with seven or more third-down conversions • For the fifth time in six games in 2016, Liberty lost the time of possession battle as Kennesaw State finished the contest with a 3:28 TOP edge (28:16 to 31:44) • Liberty was able to close the gap on the time of possession battle during the fourth quarter, possessing the ball for 10:27 of the 15-minute period • Following the game, Liberty ranks last in the Big South and No. 78 in the country in average time of possession (29:01) • After finishing its previous two games with a combined three penalties for 34 yards, Liberty was whistled for seven penalties for 71 yards against Kennesaw State • The Flames finished their second game in a row and third of the season without allowing a sack • Liberty ranks second in the Big South in sacks allowed in 2016 (10) • Kennesaw State finished the game with 472 yards of total offense, becoming the fourth team this season to post 400 or more total offensive yards against the Flames • Liberty currently ranks last in the Big South, allowing 415.2 yards per contest • Kennesaw State became the fourth opponent this year to rush for more than 200 yards against Liberty, finishing the contest with 46 carries for 267 yards (5.8 yards per rush) • Kennesaw State became the fifth opponent this year to average more than 6.0 yards per passing attempt, as the Owls averaged 8.5 yards per reception against Liberty • The Flames failed to cause a turnover in the game for the first time during the 2016 season • Despite finishing the game without a turnover caused, Liberty still leads the Big South and ranks No. 12 in the country in turnovers gained this season (15) • Kennesaw State was able to pick up a first down on 8-of-17 third-down plays, the second highest third-down conversion of a Liberty opponent in 2016 (highest: Virginia Tech 10-of-20) • Liberty's defense stopped the Owls on all three of their fourth-down conversion attempts after Kennesaw State had converted on 9-of-11 fourth-down plays in 2016 • Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 4 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense in 2016 (opponents are 1-of-8 this season/12.5 percent) • Two of Liberty's fourth-down stops against Kennesaw State came on the goal line, as the Flames stopped the Owls twice at the one-yard line • Kennesaw State finished the game 1-of-4 in red zone scoring opportunities (one touchdown in four trips inside Liberty's 20-yard line) • Following the game, Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 6 in the country in red zone defense (61.9 percent/13-of-21) • Liberty recorded its first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2011 and now leads the Big South and ranks No. 1 in the country in average kickoff return yards (30.31) • The Flames have knocked down their last four field goal attempts and six of their last seven to lead the Big South with eight field goals in 2016 • Liberty also leads the Big South in average points scored off its kicking game (7.3 points per game)
Notable Player Points: • RB Todd Macon recorded his second-highest rushing total of the season, finishing the Kennesaw State game with a team-best 16 carries for 74 yards and his third touchdown of 2016 • RB Carrington Mosley finished the game with eight carries for 69 yards, aided by a career-long, 52-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter • RB Carrington Mosley's 52-yard touchdown run was Liberty's first 50-plus yard carry since D.J. Abnar had a 67-yard rushing play against Georgia State in 2015 • RB Frankie Hickson finished the game with 11 carries for 41 yards, his third game of 2016 with 10 or more carries • RS Frankie Hickson returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown during the first quarter, accounting for Liberty's first points of the evening against the Owls • RS Frankie Hickson's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was Liberty's first returned kickoff for a score since Kevin Fogg returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against VMI on Nov. 5, 2011 • RS Frankie Hickson's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown set a new school record, surpassing a 97-yard return for a score by Dominic Bolden (vs. VMI in 2006) and Sam Gado (vs. Coastal Carolina in 2004) • RS Frankie Hickson's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown tied the fourth-longest return in Big South Conference history • RB/RS Frankie Hickson currently ranks No. 3 in the Big South, averaging 111.0 all-purpose yards per game) • QB Stephen Calvert moved to 2-0 as Liberty's starting quarterback, completing 22-of-30 passing attempts for 211 yards • QB Stephen Calvert has completed 67.2 percent of his pass attempts as Liberty's starting quarterback (45-of-67, 0 INT) and has a passing efficiency rating of 160.87 • QB Stephen Calvert completed his 22 pass attempts to 11 different players against Kennesaw State • WR B.J. Farrow (36 yards) and Dante' Shells (32 yards) were QB Stephen Calvert's favorite targets, finishing the game with four receptions each • WR B.J. Farrow caught Liberty's lone passing touchdown against Kennesaw State, making a leaping catch at the goal line on a 14-yard scoring streak with nine seconds left in the second quarter • WR Dante' Shells has his streak of four-straight games with a touchdown reception snapped during the road victory at Kennesaw State • K Alex Probert finished the game 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, knocking down a pair of 47-yard field goals and a 50 yard field goal • K Alex Probert has connected on his last four field goal attempts, including two 50-plus yard field goals (51 yards against Robert Morris; 50 yards against Kennesaw State) • K Alex Probert leads the Big South with eight field goals and ranks No. 14 in the country in field goals per game (1.33) • K Alex Probert has connected on 8-of-10 field goals this season and ranked No. 16 in the country in field goal percentage (80.0) • K Alex Probert leads the Big South and ranks No. 16 in the country in scoring by a kicker, averaging 7.3 points per game • K Alex Probert also finished the game averaging 62.6 yards per kickoff, with 2-of-8 resulting in a touchback • DE Dia'Vante Brown led the Flames with a career-high nine tackles (seven solo, two assisted), while adding three tackles for a loss and a sack • DE Dia'Vante Brown came into the game with six tackles in the first five games of the 2016 season and 14 tackles in 27 career games played • DE Dia'Vante Brown set a new Liberty season high, finishing the game with three tackles for a loss of our yards • DE Dia'Vante Brown and S Solomon McGinty assisted on a fourth-down stop at the Liberty one-yard line during the Owls' final drive, Liberty's second fourth-down stop at the one-yard line of the game • LB Nick Newman finished the game with eight tackles (six solo, two assisted), his fourth game of 2016 with seven or more tackles • With his eight-stop effort, LB Nick Newman continues to add to his career total of 209 and is the lone player on Liberty's roster with 200-plus tackles • LB Dexter Robbins finished the game with seven stops (five solo, two assisted), his third game this season with seven or more tackles • S Solomon McGinty is tied for second on Flames with 21 solo tackles after finishing the Kennesaw State game with a season-high five solo tackles (six tackles in total) • For the fourth time in five games this season, CB Corbin Jackson finished with six or more tackles, making a half-dozen stops at Kennesaw State (four solo, two assisted) • CB Tyrin Holloway finished the game with three solo tackles, leaving him four tackles shy of becoming Liberty's fourth active player with 100-career tackles (96) • S Alpha Jalloh finished the game with four tackles (two solo, two assisted), leaving him eight tackles shy of becoming Liberty's fourth active player with 100-career tackles (92)
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