The Flames will look to push their winning streak to five games in a row and remain unbeaten in Big South play when Liberty travels to Clinton, S.C., to face Presbyterian on Saturday.
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Liberty Football Game Notes: Liberty vs. Presbyterian
Game Time: 2 p.m.
Official Kickoff: 2:04 p.m.
TV Coverage: ESPN3 (via the Big South Conference) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Kevin Burke Color Commentator: Jay Sonnhalter Sideline Reporter: None Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List | Atlanta-WDWD 590 AM • Pregame: 12:30 p.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce, Matt Camire and Jamie Hall
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (5-3, 3-0 Big South) will look to extend its four-game winning streak and remain unbeaten in Big South play on Saturday afternoon, when the Flames travel to Presbyterian (2-6, 1-2 Big South). 2. The Flames are 9-4 all-time against the Blue Hose in a series which dates back to 1982. Liberty has won seven consecutive matchups with PC entering Saturday's matinee. See pages 3 and 18 of the game notes for more series information. 3. Liberty is 13-2 in November games under Turner Gill. See page 3 of the game notes for more information on the Flames' success during November contests. 4. Three members of the Flames' defensive secondary will be playing close to home on Saturday, including Rion Davis (Hopkins), Brandon Tillmon (Lexington) and Chris Turner (Columbia). 5. After kicking the game-winning field goal in OT against Gardner-Webb, K Alex Probert was named Big South Freshman of the Week. He is six points away from breaking Liberty's freshman scoring record. See page 4 of the game notes for other milestones within reach on Saturday. 6. The Flames have a chance to clinch their 11th straight winning season with a victory on Saturday. See page 4 of the game notes for more on what a Liberty triumph would mean. 7. Liberty is 4-0 since freshman Stephen Calvert took over as starting quarterback. See page 6 of the game notes for more information on the Flames' STATS FCS Freshman of the Year Award Watch List member. 8. Junior P Trey Turner was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. See page 7 of the game notes for more information on Turner. 9. Presbyterian has reached the 20-point mark just once in 2016. Liberty is 2-0 this season and 20-1 under Turner Gill when holding an opponent to fewer than 20 points, as seen on page 7 of the game notes. 10. Dexter Robbins' game-clinching blocked FG in overtime against Gardner-Webb was the Flames' first blocked FG since Chima Uzowihe's game-winning block at No. 1 Coastal Carolina on Nov. 22, 2014. See page 19 of the game notes for more "The Last Time..." information.
"4 Downs" with the Blue Hose 1 - Presbyterian is seeking its first Big South victory over Liberty, as the Flames have taken the first seven meetings between the two teams since PC joined the Big South in 2009. Eighth-year Blue Hose head coach Harold Nichols is 0-7 against the Flames as a head coach but did defeat Liberty as a Georgia Southern assistant in both 1995 and 1996. 2 - Last week, Darrell Bridges became the second PC running back to go over the 2,000-yard mark at the FCS level. In two previous meetings with Liberty, Bridges has 27 carries for 101 yards and a TD. Presbyterian, 2-6 this year, has posted two winning seasons at the FCS level, going 6-5 in both 2007 and 2014. The Blue Hose are seeking their second Big South win of 2016, following a 17-13 home triumph over Monmouth on Oct. 13. 3 - Presbyterian has scored in double figures during just three of its first eight games this season and ranks last in FCS scoring at 10.1 ppg. The Blue Hose are averaging just 12.7 ppg in their last three home games against Liberty, all of which have resulted in Flames victories. 4 - The most recent among Presbyterian's four all-time victories over No. 17/17 Liberty was a 31-28 upset victory on Nov. 1, 2008 in Clinton, S.C. That Liberty team finished 10-2 on the season. Prior to that, PC's previous wins over the Flames came in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
Milestone Watch 1 - After recovering his fifth career fumble during the season opener at Virginia Tech, Erwin Dessources' next fumble recovery will move him into a tie for second place on Liberty's all-time list. 1/6 - Alex Probert's next field goal will be his 13th of the season, tying him for fifth place on the Flames' single-season list. He needs six points to break Phillip Harrelson's (1995) Liberty freshman record of 70 points. 2/63 - Dante' Shells has tallied seven TD receptions this season and needs two more to move into a tie for fourth place on Liberty's all-time single season list. Shells is also 63 receiving yards away from 2,000 for his career. He would become the seventh Flames receiver ever to tally 2,000+ career receiving yards. 42/112 - Todd Macon has rushed for 510 yards this season, while Carrington Mosley (42 yards shy of 500) and Frankie Hickson (112 yards shy of 500) are both nearing the 500-yard rushing mark for the season. The Flames have not had a trio of 500-yard rushers in the same season since 2004, when Sam Gado (901 yards), Dre Barnes (758 yards) and Eugene Goodman (609 yards) all accomplished the feat.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Give the Flames their eighth straight win over Presbyterian, including their fourth in a row in Clinton, improving Liberty's all-time record versus the Blue Hose to 10-4. • Keep the Flames unbeaten against Presbyterian in conference matchups at 8-0. • Mark the Flames' first 4-0 start in Big South play since 2011, when Liberty won its first five conference games. • Produce the Flames' first five-game winning streak since the team closed out the 2013 season with five straight wins (Oct. 26-Nov. 23, 2013). • Clinch the Flames' 11th straight winning season. • Boost the Flames' November record under Turner Gill to 14-2. • Give the Flames back-to-back road victories, on the heels of a five-game road losing streak.
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