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Game Day Central: Syracuse

August 28, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Syracuse

Game Day Central page
• Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
• Live Stats (LibertyFlames.com)
• Live Video (ESPN+)
• Williams Stadium
• Fan Guide
• Flames Fan Fest (free fan event to all with a game ticket)
• Flames Illustrated Game Program (digital version)
• Flames Ticket Office
• Game Day Information Guide
• Promotional Schedule
• Tailgating and Parking Information
• Williams Stadium Clear Bag Policy

Other Links:
Liberty Game Notes
Syracuse Game Notes
Weather – Lynchburg, Va.

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

TV Coverage:
ESPN+ (LFSN TV Production)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
Color Commentator: Joe Jauch
Sideline Reporter: Melanie Newman  

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 will kick off its 47th football season by making some program history. First-year Head Coach Hugh Freeze's squad will play host to an FBS Top 25 foe (No. 22/22 Syracuse) for the first time and will also be welcoming their first Power Five opponent to Williams Stadium.
2. The Flames will aim for their first-ever win over an FBS Top 25 opponent and their inaugural victory against an ACC foe. Liberty has defeated FBS opponents in each of its last two season openers (Baylor in 2017, Old Dominion in 2018).
3. Liberty's offense returns a 3,000-yard passer (Stephen Calvert), a 1,000-yard rusher (Frankie Hickson) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Antonio Gandy-Golden) from last season. Clemson is the only other FBS team which can make that claim.
4. Calvert appears on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Preseason Watch List. The fourth-year starter has completed 69-of-96 passes (71.9 percent) for 792 yards, 7 TDs and 0 interceptions during his last two season openers.
5. Biletnikoff Award Watch List member Gandy-Golden has been Calvert's most frequent target throughout his career. The senior's receiving line during the 2017 and 2018 season openers totals 19 catches for 245 yards and five TDs.
6. DEs Jessie Lemonier (10.0 sacks in 2018) and Austin Lewis (2018 FWAA Freshman All-American) will look to terrorize opposing quarterbacks for a second straight season.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' first-ever victory over an FBS Top 25 opponent.
• Give the Flames their first-ever triumph over an ACC squad.
• Represent the Flames' first-ever home win over a Power 5 foe.
• Mark the Flames' fifth consecutive home victory.
• Enable the Flames to open a third straight season with a win over an FBS opponent, following victories at Baylor (2017) and versus Old Dominion (2018).
• Extend the Flames' winning streak in home openers to seven games.
• Mark the ninth consecutive time Liberty has won when playing its season opener in Lynchburg.