The Flames will play the middle game of a three-game road swing on Saturday when they travel up Route 29 to Charlottesville to square off against the Virginia Cavaliers.
Game Day Central Links: • Live Audio (LFSN Radio) • Live Stats (VirginiaSports.com) • Live Video (ACC Regional Sports Networks/WatchESPN) • Liberty Game Notes • Virginia Game Notes • Scott Stadium • Game Day Information Guide • Parking Information • Flames Ticket Office • Weather – Charlottesville, Va.
Official Kickoff: 3:04 p.m. (EST)
TV Coverage: ACC Regional Sports Networks • Local Broadcast Information: NBC Sports Washington • Full Broadcast Distribution List • Also streaming on ESPN3/WatchESPN app Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Wes Durham Color Commentator: Takeo Spikes Sideline Reporter: Rebecca Kaple
Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 1:30 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 (4-4) makes the short trip north on Route 29 this Saturday for its first-ever gridiron matchup with Virginia (6-3, 4-2 ACC). 2. Both teams are looking to bounce back from tough losses. Liberty fell 62-59 in triple overtime at UMass, while the Cavaliers saw their three-game winning streak halted with a 23-13 home setback against Pitt. 3. Liberty is seeking its first-ever win over an ACC team, as the Flames are 0-5 all-time against conference opponents. 4. Both teams feature prolific receivers on the Biletnikoff Watch List, in Liberty's Antonio Gandy-Golden and Virginia's Olamide Zaccheaus. Gandy-Golden is coming off a 9-catch, 205-yard, 2-TD outing at UMass, which marked his second 200-yard effort of the season. The junior needs 156 receiving yards to wrap up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 5. Gandy-Golden's classmate, QB Stephen Calvert, has thrown 62 career TD passes. He needs three more TDs to break Robby Justino's program career record. Calvert is one of three FBS junior QBs with over 7,000 career passing yards and 60 career passing TDs. 6. DE Jessie Lemonier has been outstanding in his first year with the Flames, racking up 9.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss. Six of his sacks have come in the last two weeks. Only two FBS players are averaging more sacks per game than his 1.13.
A Liberty Win Would ... • Mark the Flames' first-ever victory over an ACC opponent in their sixth all-time meeting with an ACC foe. • Give the Flames a 2-0 record versus in-state foes this season, along with their 52-10 season-opening win over Old Dominion. • Improve the Flames' all-time record against in-state varsity opponents to 41-36 and make Virginia the 11th different Commonwealth squad Liberty has ever defeated. • Mark the Flames' fifth win during their first season as an FBS squad, moving them to within one victory of bowl eligibility. • Make the football team Liberty's third different squad to defeat Virginia head-to-head this fall, along with field hockey and volleyball. • Improve the Flames' all-time November record under Turner Gill to 17-6.
First Time Foes Saturday's contest will be the first-ever football game between Liberty and Virginia. Virginia is Liberty's seventh first-time opponent in the first nine games of the 2018 season, along with Army, North Texas, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho State and UMass.
ACC Angle Liberty is playing its sixth game in program history against an ACC opponent, and the Flames are seeking their first victory over an ACC foe. All five previous ACC matchups have been road games. Liberty is slated to host an ACC opponent for the first time on Aug. 31, 2019, when Syracuse visits Williams Stadium for the Flames' season opener.
Below is a summary of the Flames' previous ACC matchups. Sept. 30, 2006 - L 34-14 at Wake Forest Sept. 3, 2011 - L 43-21 at NC State Sept. 1, 2012 - L 20-17 at Wake Forest Aug. 30, 2014 - L 56-29 at North Carolina Sept. 3, 2016 - L 36-13 at Virginia Tech
Power 5 x 2 Liberty will follow up its trip to Virginia with a game at Auburn on Nov. 17. This will mark the Flames' first time ever facing Power Five opponents in back-to-back weeks.
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