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Game Day Central: North Texas

September 19, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: North Texas

The Flames kick off their 46th season of football and first at the FBS level on Saturday when Liberty welcomes in-state foe Old Dominion to Williams Stadium.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (LibertyFlames.com)
Live Video (ESPN3)
Liberty Game Notes
Old Dominion Game Notes
Williams Stadium
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Lynchburg, Va.

Flames Nation Facts - Top Five Things Fans Need to Know for Satuday!
• Gates Open at 4 p.m. - For more information about game day, see Williams Stadium Fan Guide
Flames Fan Fest - New Game Day tradition free fan event to all with a game ticket
• What to do when I arrive on campus - Tailgating and Parking Information
Game Day Promotional Items: 5,000 FBS Inaugural Season T-Shirts
Feeling Safe at the Stadium - Increased security measures, magnetometers, clear bag policy and more

Official Kickoff:
6:06 p.m. (EST)

TV Coverage:
ESPN3 (LFSN TV Production)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
Color Commentator: Joe Jauch
Sideline Reporter: Bobbie Bohlig  

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio

LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
• Pregame: 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano
Sidelines: Nick Pierce
Pregame: Nick Pierce, Brad Butler and Jamie Hall

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (1-1) plays host to unbeaten North Texas (3-0) on Saturday for the Flames' second home game against a Conference USA opponent this season.
2. The Flames are coming off an unexpected bye week due to the projected path of Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile, the Mean Green head to Lynchburg on the heels of a 44-17 victory at Arkansas. North Texas is 3-0 for the first time since 1989, when Turner Gill was a graduate assistant for the Mean Green.
3. Liberty (330.0 ypg) and North Texas (398.7 ypg) both rank among the nation's top 15 passing teams this season, led by standout QBs Stephen Calvert and Mason Fine.
4. Calvert has begun his junior season with back-to-back 300-yard efforts, giving him nine 300-yard games for his career. Calvert has posted six passing TDs and only one interception this season, and he is one of only six FBS quarterbacks who have gone over 300 yards in all of their teams' games in 2018.
5. Calvert has spread the ball around effectively, as DJ Stubbs posted a career-high 155 receiving yards against Old Dominion, Damian King went for a career-best 172 yards at Army and Antonio Gandy-Golden paces the Flames in catches (9) and TD receptions (3).
6. RB Kentory Matthews has made the most of his first two career starts, averaging 7.0 yards per carry (26 carries, 182 yards) and bursting for a pair of 50-yard gains on the ground.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Improve the Flames' all-time record against Conference USA opponents to 2-0, also including their 52-10 season-opening home victory over Old Dominion.
• Boost the Flames' all-time mark against opponents from Texas to 4-1, including 2-0 at Williams Stadium.
• Keep the Flames' all-time record perfect (4-0) when hosting an opponent who has traveled 1,000 or more miles to reach Lynchburg. North Texas' Apogee Stadium is located 1,184 miles away from Williams Stadium.
• Mark the Flames' fourth consecutive home victory at Williams Stadium, dating back to last season.
• Give the Flames a 5-2 record when coming off a bye week under Turner Gill.
• Enable the Flames to start the season at 2-1 or better for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Air It Out
Saturday's game will feature two of the nation's top passing attacks. North Texas ranks No. 3 nationally among FBS teams with 398.7 passing yards per contest. Meanwhile, Liberty would rank No. 14 on the list (if the Flames had completed their FBS transition and were eligible for the rankings) with an average of 330.0 passing yards per game.

Liberty's Stephen Calvert and Mason Fine are both coming off of stellar sophomore seasons. They are two of only seven returning FBS quarterbacks who reached all three of the following milestones (250 completions, 3,000 passing yards, 25 passing TDs) in 2017.

Now juniors, Calvert and Fine are at it once again in 2018.Through two games, Calvert has thrown for 652 yards, six TDs and only one interception. He is one of only six FBS quarterbacks with 300 or more passing yards in all of his team's games thus far in 2018.

Fine's numbers through three games include 1,143 yards, eight TDs and only one pick.

North Texas' offensive coordinator (Graham Harrell) knows a thing or two about passing. He threw for 15,793 yards at Texas Tech and was fourth in the voting for the 2008 Heisman Trophy.

Liberty has outpassed 50 of 72 opponents (69.4 percent) under Turner Gill, and the Flames are 31-19 over that span when tallying more passing yards than their opponents.