Liberty's offense had its best showing of the year, racking up 681 total offensive yards during the Flames' 52-28 Homecoming victory over Monmouth on Saturday.
Included with today's news and notes are video interviews with head coach Turner Gill, running back Todd Macon and cornerback Tyrin Holloway.
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 Monmouth: • Following the Homecoming game victory, Liberty moves to 3-1 all-time against Monmouth • The home team has claimed victory during each of the series' four meetings, with Liberty winning at Williams Stadium in 2013, 2014 and 2016 • The Flames have averaged 43.7 points per game in three home victories over the Hawks, outscoring Monmouth, 131-67, during its three trips to Lynchburg
Homecoming Update: • With the win, Liberty is now 30-13 all-time in Homecoming contests • Liberty has win eight of its last 10 Homecoming games and has averaged 48.5 points per game during this 10 contests • Liberty has posted a 9-3 record when hosting a Big South foe during a Homecoming game
Team Talking Points: • The Flames have won three games in a row, Liberty's first three-game winning streak since 2014 • Liberty surpassed the 50-point mark for the second time this year and the ninth time in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill • Liberty is averaging 41.8 points per game and 460.8 total offensive yards per game in four home contests this season • The Flames finished the game with 681 total offensive yards, Liberty' fourth time finishing with 600 or more total offensive yards in a game in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill • Liberty's 681 total offensive yards against Monmouth fell 11 yards short of matching the Flames' single-game program record of 692 total offensive yards against Presbyterian in 2012 • The Flames finished the game with a season-high 87 total offensive plays and averaged a season-best 10.3 yards per offensive play • The Flames featured a balanced offensive attack against Monmouth, finishing with 331 total rushing yards and 350 total passing yards • The Flames matched a season high with 28 first downs, recording an even 14 first downs via rushing and passing plays • For the second time this year and fifth time in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill, Liberty rushed for 300 or more yards in a game (season-high 331 yards) • Liberty has rushed for 534 yards and six touchdowns during its last two games after rushing for 622 yards and eight touchdowns during the first five games of the season • The Flames has averaged 5.7 yards per rushing play the last two games compared to a 3.3 average yards per rushing play the first five games of 2016 • Liberty matched its season high by recording four rushing touchdowns (also had four rushing touchdowns against Jacksonville) • For the second time this year and 12th time in five seasons under head coach Turner Gill, Liberty finished a game with 300 or more passing yards (350) • Following the game, Liberty leads the Big South in passing yards per game (220.1) • After finishing the last two games without throwing an interception, Liberty had two passes picked off by Monmouth • Liberty ranks last in the Big South and No. 117 in the country (out of 122 FCS teams) having thrown 12 interceptions in 2016 • Liberty converted on a season-best 10-of-18 third-down plays and how has seven or more third-down conversions in four games this season • Liberty converted on 2-of-4 fourth-down plays and now ranks No. 34 in the country in fourth-down conversion rate (6-of-10) • After losing the time of possession battle in five of the first six games of 2016, Liberty finished the Monmouth game with a 20:40 time of possession advantage (40:20 to 19:40) • In five seasons under head coach Turner Gill, Liberty has finished 16 games with a 10-plus minute time of possession advantage and five times with a 20 minute or higher edge • After not allowing a sack the previous two games, Liberty allowed Monmouth to record two sacks (first two of QB Stephen Calvert's career) • Liberty has now allowed 12 sacks in seven games this season, ranking fourth in the Big South for sacks allowed • Monmouth finished the game with 477 total offensive yards, marking the fifth time in seven games the Flames have allowed 400 or more total offensive yards • Liberty currently ranks fifth in the Big South and No. 91 in the country in total defense (allowing 424.0 total offensive yards per game) • Monmouth made the most of its 59 total offensive plays, averaging 8.1 yards per play • Monmouth is the second opponent this year and sixth in five years under head coach Turner Gill to average 8.0 or more yards per play against the Flames • Monmouth nearly became the fifth opponent this season to surpass the 200-yard rushing mark against Liberty, finishing the contest with 198 rushing yards on 25 carries (7.9 yards per carry) • Monmouth finished the contest with 279 passing yards, the most allowed by Liberty in 2016 • Monmouth averaged 8.2 yards per passing play against Liberty, marking the third time in four games the Flames have allowed an opponent to average 8.0 or more yards per passing play • The Flames finished the game with a season-high six pass breakups after averaging 2.5 pass breakups per game the first six contests of the season • Liberty limited Monmouth to converting on 2-of-10 third-down plays, marking the third time this year the Flames have allowed three or fewer third-down conversions in a game • Monmouth became the second team this year to convert on a fourth-down play against Liberty, picking up a first down on 1-of-2 fourth-down plays • Liberty currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 4 in the country in fourth-down conversion defense (20.0 percent/2-of-10) • Despite Monmouth scoring on both its trips inside the 20-yard line, Liberty still ranks No. 6 nationally in red zone defense (65.2 percent/15-of-23) • Liberty finished the game with three turnovers caused, marking the sixth time in seven games Liberty has created three or more turnovers this season • Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 8 in the country with 18 turnovers gained (nine fumble recoveries and nine interceptions) • Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 6 in the country with nine fumble recoveries • The Flames finished the game averaging 18.0 yards per kickoff return, its lowest average of the season • Following the game, Liberty leads the Big South and ranks No. 1 in the country in average yards per kickoff return (28.0)
Notable Player Points: • RB Todd Macon finished the game with a career-high 271 all-purpose yards (193 rushing, 78 receiving) • RB Todd Macon's 271 all-purpose yards ties for the fifth-highest, single-game total in program history (Johnny Shepherd also had 271 all-purpose yards against Gardner-Webb in 1978) • RB Todd Macon finished the game with a career-best 193 rushing yards, surpassing his previous career high of 128 yards against Jacksonville earlier this year • The rushing yardage total marked the second 100-yard game in RB Todd Macon's career • RB Todd Macon's rushing yardage against Monmouth pushed the junior over the 1,000 career rushing yards mark (1,027) • RB Todd Macon also finished the game with a career-high 22 carries, besting his previous high of 19 carries against Bryant in 2014 • RB Todd Macon tied a career high with two rushing touchdowns and set a new career high with three total touchdowns in the game • RB Todd Macon also recorded a career-high 78 receiving yards • RB Todd Macon's career-high 78 receiving yards included a 76-yard touchdown reception, his first career touchdown reception in 25 career games played • RB Todd Macon came into the game with 18 career receptions for 105 career receiving yards • RB Frankie Hickson finished the game with 11 carries for 96 yards, his second-highest rushing total of the year • RB Carrington Mosley finished the contest with 15 carries for 62 yards • RB Carrington Mosley had his first career multiple-touchdown game, finishing the contest with two rushing touchdowns • QB Stephen Calvert finished the game completing 27-of-34 passing attempts for 350 yards and three touchdowns • QB Stephen Calvert completed 79.4 percent of his passing attempts against Monmouth, his highest completion percentage in three starts at quarterback • In three starts, QB Stephen Calvert has completed 71.3 percent of his pass attempts (72-of-101) for 901 yards and eight touchdowns with a 168.40 passing efficiency rating • In seven games this year, QB Stephen Calvert has thrown for 1,214 yards, a mark that currently ranks third in program history for passing yards in a season by a freshman • QB Stephen Calvert threw for a career-best 350 yards, his second 300-yard passing game in 2016 • QB Stephen Calvert's 350 passing yards against Monmouth is the 18th highest single-game passing performance in program history • With his second 300-yard game of the season, QB Stephen Calvert becomes the 10th player in program history with multiple 300-yard passing games • WR Dante' Shells missed posting his fifth career 100-yard game by five yards, leading the Flames with eight receptions for 95 yards • WR Dante' Shells recorded one of Liberty's three receiving touchdowns in the game, giving him six touchdowns on the season • WR Dante' Shells is tied for the Big South lead and ranks No. 20 in the country with six receiving touchdowns • With his 95 yards against Monmouth, WR Dante' Shells is just 114 yards short of 2,000 career receiving yards (1,886) • WR Zac Parker finished the game with five receptions for 48 yards, tying a season high as he also had five receptions against Robert Morris • With this yardage against Monmouth, WR/RS Zac Parker has surpassed the 1,000 career all-purpose yards mark (1,037 yards) • WR Antonio Gandy-Golden finished the game with four receptions for 38 yards and recorded his second career touchdown reception • P Trey Turner finished the game with one punt for 52 yards, giving him 18 career games averaging 40 or more yards per punt • CB Chris Turner finished the game with seven tackles, all solo stops • CB Chris Turner's seven solo stops marks a new career high, surpassing his previous high of six set against Virginia Tech • CB Chris Turner also recorded his first career forced fumble, chasing down Monmouth's Darren Ambush to save a touchdown midway through the first quarter • CB Chris Turner also added a pass breakup in the game and now ranks second in the Big South in passes defended with nine (eight pass breakups and one interception) • DE Juwan Wells finished the game with six tackles (two solo, four assisted) • Following the game, DE Juwan Wells ranks second in the country in tackles per game by a defensive lineman (8.1) • S Solomon McGinty finished the game with five tackles (two solo, three assisted), giving him five or more stops in six games this season • CB Tyrin Holloway finished the game with two tackles (one solo, one assisted), leaving him two tackles short of becoming the fourth active player on Liberty's roster with 100 career tackles • CB Tyrin Holloway recorded his fourth interception of the season against Monmouth and now ranks second in the Big South and ranks No. 9 nationally in interceptions per game (0.6) • CB Tyrin Holloway also recorded his second career fumble recovery during the game • S Alpha Jalloh finished the game with three tackles (one solo, two assisted), leaving him five tackles short of becoming the fourth active player on Liberty's roster with 100 career tackles • S Rion Davis had Liberty's first fumble recovery of the game, pouncing on a loose ball on a kickoff to give the redshirt freshman his first career fumble recovery
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