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Liberty Football Game Notes: Liberty vs. Charleston Southern
Game Time: 3:30 p.m.
Official Kickoff: 3:34 p.m.
TV Coverage: ESPN3/BSN Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Evan Lepler Color Commentator: Jay Sonnhalter Sideline Reporter: None Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List | Atlanta-WDWD 590 AM • Pregame: 2 p.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce, Jamie Hall and Matt Camire
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Liberty Football Game Day Information Page - Charleston Southern (Nov. 12)
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines 1) No. 25/24 Liberty (6-3, 4-0 Big South) will play host to No. 14/14 Charleston Southern (5-3, 2-1 Big South) on Saturday afternoon in the ninth matchup between two Top 25 teams in Williams Stadium history. The contest will also serve as Military Appreciation Day and the Flames' Senior Day. 2) If Liberty defeats the reigning Big South champion Buccaneers, the Flames would wrap up their first outright Big South title since 2008 and the second FCS Playoffs berth in program history (also 2014). See page 4 of the game notes for more about what's at stake on Saturday. 3) Liberty is 19-4 all-time against Charleston Southern, but CSU has defeated the Flames in each of the last two seasons. See pages 3 and 18 of the game notes for more on the series history. 4) The Flames are 14-2 in November games under Head Coach Turner Gill, with both losses coming at the hands of Charleston Southern. See page 3 of the game notes for more on Liberty's November success. 5) Liberty has won six of its last 10 meetings with FCS Top 25 foes and is 2-1 when facing a nationally-ranked CSU team. See page 3 of the game notes for more Top 25 notes. 6) Riding a five-game winning streak, Liberty is nationally ranked this week for the first time since Oct. 12, 2015. See page 4 of the game notes for additional information on the Flames' recent success. 7) Stephen Calvert will be the third Liberty freshman to start at QB in the Buccaneers' last three visits to Williams Stadium, following Josh Woodrum in 2012 and Stephon Masha in 2014. The Flames are 5-0 with Calvert as the starting QB. See page 6 of the game notes for more information on Calvert and the Flames' offense. 8) LB Nick Newman (Defensive Player of the Week) and P Trey Turner (Special Teams Player of the Week) both received Big South honors on Monday. See page 8 of the game notes for more information on both of them. 9) Liberty's defense has thrived on forcing turnovers (22, No. 9 nationally) and stopping opponents inside the 20-yard line (64.3% red zone defense, No. 3). See page 10 of the game notes for the Flames' statistical rankings. 10) LB Dexter Robbins has blocked a field goal during each of the last two games, including a game-winning rejection in OT against Gardner-Webb. See page 19 of the game notes for more on "The Last Time..."
"4 Downs" with the Buccaneers 1 - Last season, Charleston Southern won its first outright Big South Conference title and made its first FCS Playoffs appearance, advancing to the quarterfinals. This season, CSU's conference title and FCS Playoffs hopes are in jeopardy, following a 17-10 loss to Gardner-Webb last Saturday. The setback snapped the Buccaneers' string of 11 straight Big South victories. CSU all-time leading rusher Mike Holloway (2,429 career yards) ranks No. 1 nationally in yards per carry with 8.9. 2 - Saturday's game will match up the top two kickoff returners in FCS football. CSU's Darius Hammond is leading the nation with 32.3 yards per return, while Liberty's Frankie Hickson is listed No. 2 with 31.9 yards per return. 3 - Charleston Southern is seeking its third straight victory over the Flames, following a 38-36 win at Liberty in 2014 and a 31-24 home victory last season. Prior to those back-to-back triumphs, CSU had only won two of its first 21 all-time gridiron meetings with the Flames. Redshirt freshman Shane Bucenell is the third different QB to start for the Buccaneers this season. 4 - Fourth-year Charleston Southern Head Coach Jamey Chadwell has completely turned the program around, posting a 33-13 record during his three-plus seasons on the sidelines. The Buccaneers had won just 35 total games in the seven seasons before Chadwell took over.
Milestone Watch 2 - Alex Probert needs two points to break Phillip Harrelson's (1995) Liberty freshman record of 70 points. 2/38 - 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 38 receiving yards away from 2,000 for his career. He would become the seventh Flames receiver ever to tally 2,000+ career receiving yards. 76 - Todd Macon has rushed for 610 yards this season, while Carrington Mosley has tallied 595 rushing yards. Frankie Hickson (76 yards shy of 500) is also 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 ... • Wrap up the Flames' first undefeated Big South record and first outright Big South title since the 2008 Liberty team went 5-0. • Clinch the Flames' second FCS Playoffs berth in program history, following the team's appearance in 2014. • Give the Flames their first victory over Charleston Southern since 2013, improving Liberty's all-time record versus the Buccaneers to 20-4 overall and 11-2 at Williams Stadium. • Make Charleston Southern the first opponent the Flames have ever defeated 20 times in program history. • Produce the Flames' first six-game winning streak since the team won six in a row spanning Oct. 1-Nov. 5, 2011. • Mark the Flames' sixth straight Big South home victory, giving them a 24-6 home record under Turner Gill. • Improve the Flames' record to 7-4 in their last 11 meetings with FCS Top 25 opponents. • Boost the Flames' November record under Turner Gill to 15-2.
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