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Liberty Football Game Notes: Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Official Kickoff: 7:04 p.m.
TV Coverage: ESPNews/WatchESPN Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Shawn Kenney Color Commentator: Al Groh Sideline Reporter: None Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List | Atlanta-WDWD 590 AM • Pregame: 5:30 p.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Matt Camire Pregame: Alan York, Matt Camire and Gabe Henderson
First and 10 – Saturday's Top Storylines
1) Liberty (6-4, 4-1 Big South) will play its 2016 regular-season finale at No. 16/NR Coastal Carolina (8-2) Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-conference clash between the former Big South Conference rivals. 2) With its 4-1 conference record, Liberty has earned a share of its eighth Big South title in the last 10 seasons. If Kennesaw State wins at Charleston Southern on Saturday, the Flames will claim the conference's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs for the second time in program history. 3) Liberty has defeated Coastal Carolina to close out each of the last two regular seasons, taking a 7-6 lead in the all-time head-to-head series. See pages 3 and 18 of the game notes for more on the series history. 4) The Flames are 6-5 in their last 11 meetings with FCS Top 25 opponents, but are seeking their first win over a Top 25 foe this season. See page 3 of the game notes for more on Liberty's history versus Top 25 opponents. 5) Liberty is 14-3 in November contests under Turner Gill, including 2-0 against Coastal Carolina. See page 3 of the game notes for more on the Flames' success in November. 6) After losing each of their previous five road games, the Flames are now seeking their third consecutive road victory. See page 4 of the game notes for more on what a Liberty triumph would mean. 7) Jerry Rice Award Watch List member Stephen Calvert is 5-1 as the Flames' starting QB. He needs 269 passing yards to set the Liberty freshman single-season record. See page 4 of the game notes for other milestones. 8) Fellow Jerry Rice Award Watch List member Alex Probert has broken the Liberty freshman scoring record with 77 points. See page 7 of the game notes for more notes on Probert's successful freshman season. 9) With blocked kicks playing an important role in recent Liberty-Coastal Carolina matchups, it's worth noting that Liberty LB Dexter Robbins is tied for No. 7 nationally with two blocked kicks this season. See page 10 of the game notes for all of the Flames' NCAA national statistical rankings. 10) Robert Wimberly, Liberty's Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach, will be Liberty's acting head coach during Thursday night's game at Coastal Carolina. Flames Head Coach Turner Gill will be serving a one-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation by a member of his coaching staff.
"4 Downs" with the Chanticleers 1 - Thursday's game will be the first-ever non-conference meeting between Liberty and Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers are playing the 2016 season as an FCS independent during their transition from the Big South Conference to the Sun Belt Conference. The contest will be Liberty's first visit to Conway since their dramatic 15-14 victory over the Chanticleers on Nov. 22, 2014, which gave Liberty its first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked opponent and its first trip to the FCS Playoffs. 2 - Coastal Carolina has lost only twice this season, with both setbacks coming by one point against nationally ranked FCS opponents (27-26 at Jacksonville State on Sept. 17 and 59-58 vs. Charleston Southern on Oct. 1). 3 - Each of the last three Liberty-Coastal Carolina games has gone down to the wire. The Chanticleers won 55-52 in double OT in Lynchburg in 2013 on a blocked field goal. Liberty returned the favor the next year in Conway, sealing its 15-14 victory with a Chima Uzowihe blocked FG. Last year, B.J. Farrow's 40-yard TD reception with 1:27 to play gave Liberty a three-point win, 24-21. 4 - Coastal Carolina's streak of making the FCS Playoffs for four straight seasons will come to an end this year. The Chanticleers are ineligible for the postseason during their transition from FCS to FBS football.
Milestone Watch 1/2 - Dante' Shells has tallied eight TD receptions this season and needs one more to move into a tie for fourth place on Liberty's all-time single season list. A two-TD game would put Shells in a tie for third place on the Flames' single-season ledger. 3 - After breaking the Liberty freshman scoring record with 77 points, Alex Probert needs three more points to move into fifth place on Liberty's all-time single-season list for scoring by a kicker. 55 - Carrington Mosley has rushed for 654 yards this season, while Todd Macon has added 612. Frankie Hickson (55 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. 269 - Stephen Calvert needs 269 passing yards to break the Liberty freshman single-season record of 1,976 yards set by Paul Johnson in 1986. Calvert has eclipsed that total in two of his first six starts as a Flame.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Improve the Flames' all-time record against Coastal Carolina to 8-6, including 3-4 in Conway. • Give the Flames three consecutive victories over the Chanticleers for just the second time in series history (also 2007-09). • Be the first time the Flames have recorded victories in back-to-back visits to Conway. • Mark the Flames' first victory over an FCS Top 25 opponent this season in three tries, boosting Liberty's record to 7-5 in its last 12 matchups with nationally ranked FCS foes. • Give the Flames their third straight road win, on the heels of a five-game road losing streak. • Push the Flames' November record under Turner Gill to 15-3, including 3-0 against Coastal Carolina. • Enable the Flames to close out the regular season with a victory for the fifth consecutive year. • Snap Coastal Carolina's five-game winning streak. • 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 15-3.
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