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Game Day Central: Auburn

November 14, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames conclude their longest road trip of the season when they face Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Liberty's first-ever matchup against a SEC opponent.

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (AuburnTigers.com)
Live Video (SEC Network Alternative Channel)
Liberty Game Notes
Auburn Game Notes
Jordan-Hare Stadium
Game Day Information Guide
Parking Information
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Auburn, Ala.

Official Kickoff:
4:01 p.m. (EST)

TV Coverage:
SEC Network Alternative Channel
• DirecTV: SEC Network Alternate on 611-1
• Dish Network: SEC Network Alternate on 596 and 597; Hopper 404.1 and 404.2
Streaming on ESPN3/WatchESPN app
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Richard Cross
Color Commentator: Hutson Mason
Sideline Reporter: Taylor Davis

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio

LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
• Pregame: 2:30 p.m. (EST)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano
Sidelines: Kevin Keys
Pregame: Alan York, Kevin Keys and Matt Warner  

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (4-5) plays its final road game of the season on Saturday, heading to Auburn (6-4, 3-4 SEC) for the Flames' first matchup with an SEC team in program history.
2. The Flames are looking to halt a two-game losing streak and pick up their first-ever victory over Auburn, their first triumph over an SEC foe and their first win inside the state of Alabama.
3. Liberty averages 35.4 ppg and has eclipsed the 40-point mark five times this season. The Flames will be challenged by a stout Auburn defense which yields only 18.3 points per outing. Tennessee is the only team to score 30 points against Auburn this season.
4. WR Antonio Gandy-Golden appears on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. He has recorded four 100-yard games this season, including a pair of 200-yard outings. The junior needs 118 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 four 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 three weeks.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' first-ever victory over Auburn and first-ever triumph against an SEC opponent.
• Make Alabama the 17th different state in which Liberty has won a game in program history.
• Mark the Flames' fifth win this season, moving them to within one victory of bowl eligibility.
• Keep the Flames' hopes of a 13th consecutive winning season alive.
• Snap the Flames' two-game losing streak and their three-game road losing skid.
• Improve the Flames' all-time November record under Turner Gill to 17-7.
• Halt the Tigers' eight-game home winning streak vs. non-conference foes. Clemson was the last non-conference team to win at Auburn (Sept. 3, 2016).

First Time Foes

Saturday's contest will be the first-ever football game between Liberty and Auburn.

Auburn is Liberty's eighth first-time opponent in the first 10 games of the 2018 season, along with Army, North Texas, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho State, UMass and Virginia.

SEC Debut

Liberty is facing an SEC opponent for the first time, marking the eighth different FBS conference the Flames have ever faced.

Liberty is 4-3 all-time in its first game against a certain conference.

The Flames won their initial meetings with Conference USA (Old Dominion - 2018), the MAC (Eastern Michigan - 1989), the Mountain West (New Mexico - 2018) and the Sun Belt (Appalachian State - 2014).

Liberty dropped its inaugural meetings with opponents from the ACC (Wake Forest - 2006), American (SMU - 2016) and Big 12 (West Virginia - 2015).