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Game Day Central: New Mexico State

October 3, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames will face the Aggies of New Mexico State for the first of two times during the 2018 on Saturday when the two teams square off at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (NMStateSports.com)
Live Video (AggieVision)
Liberty Game Notes
New Mexico State Game Notes
Aggie Memorial Stadium
Game Day Information Guide
Parking Information
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Las Cruses, N.M.

Official Kickoff:
8:07 p.m. (EST)

TV Coverage:
AggieVision
• WZBJ 24 Lynchburg/Roanoke
• FOX Sports Arizona Plus (DISH 452 SD/9574 HS; Direct TV 686-2 SD & HD)
• FOX Sports Southwest Plus (DISH 451 SD/9539 HS; Direct TV 676-1 SD & HD)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Adam Young
Color Commentator: Danny Knee
Sideline Reporter: N/A

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio

LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
• Pregame: 6:30 p.m. (EST)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano
Sidelines: Kevin Keys
Pregame: Alan York, Jamie Hall and Kevin Keys

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (2-2) makes its second straight trip to the Land of Enchantment on Saturday, facing fellow FBS independent squad New Mexico State (1-4) for the first time in program history.
2. Coming off of a 52-43 victory at New Mexico, the Flames will look to win road games in back-to-back weeks for the first time since November 2014 (Coastal Carolina, James Madison).
3. In a unique scheduling twist, Liberty and New Mexico State will meet again on Nov. 24 in Lynchburg. They will be the first Division I teams since UConn and UMass in 1998 to play twice in the same regular season.
4. Liberty threw for a school single-game record 472 yards at New Mexico and is averaging 338.5 passing yards per outing in 2018. New Mexico State is allowing only 171.4 passing yards per game and has tallied 14 quarterback sacks this season.
5. Liberty QB Stephen Calvert passed for 417 yards and three TDs at New Mexico. The junior has now posted 10 300-yard games and a trio of 400-yard outings in his career. He is one of four active FBS junior QBs with 6,000+ passing yards and 50+ career passing TDs.
6. Liberty WR Antonio Gandy-Golden caught 11 passes for 245 yards and a score at New Mexico. His 245 receiving yards set a new Liberty single-game record, and are the third most in a single game by an FBS player in 2018.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Give the Flames their first-ever victory over an FBS independent opponent.
• Mark the Flames' first head-to-head victory over New Mexico State in any team sport (contingent on this weekend's swimming results in Las Cruces).
• Give the Flames victories in back-to-back road games for the first time since Oct. 15 (Kennesaw State) and Nov. 5 (Presbyterian), 2016.
• Enable the Flames to win road games in consecutive weeks for the first time since Nov. 22 (FCS No. 2/1 Coastal Carolina) and Nov. 29 (FCS No. 15/15 James Madison), 2014.
• Boost Turner Gill's record when facing New Mexico State as a head coach to 2-0.
• Improve the Flames' all-time record when playing 1,000+ miles away from home to 4-5.

There's a First Time for everything

Saturday's game will mark the first-ever gridiron meeting between Liberty and New Mexico State. The Lobos are the Flames' fourth consecutive first-time opponent, following Army, North Texas and New Mexico.

Liberty and New Mexico State are scheduled to face one another twice this season, with the Aggies heading to Lynchburg on Nov. 24. This will mark the first time the Flames have ever played the same opponent twice in a single season.

It is believed that the Flames and Aggies will be the first Division I football teams to match up twice within the same regular season since 1998, when UConn beat UMass on both Oct. 24 and Nov. 21.

Liberty and New Mexico State are also slated to meet twice in 2019, including Oct. 5 in Las Cruces and Nov. 30 in Lynchburg.

Back-to-Back

Liberty had never played a game in New Mexico prior to last week's 52-43 victory at New Mexico and this Saturday's visit to New Mexico State.

This is the first time the Flames have traveled to the same state for road games in back-to-back weeks since Sept. 6 (49-3 loss at Toledo) and Sept. 13, 2003 (62-3 loss at Bowling Green), when Liberty made consecutive visits to Ohio.

Liberty is one of five FBS teams who will play back-to-back road games in the same state this season, along with:
• Ball State (at Notre Dame & Indiana, also at Ohio and Toledo)
• Buffalo (at Ohio & Bowling Green)
• Rice (at Louisiana Tech & LSU)
• Stanford (at Cal & UCLA)