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Flames Win as Records Fall during Homecoming Victory

October 19, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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On a night when Liberty welcomed its past standouts back home, new ones entered the record books during the Flames' 59-44 Homecoming game win over visiting Maine, Saturday night, at Williams Stadium.

The Flames won their second Homecoming game in a row and 10th in their last 14 Homecoming Weekend games. Following the 15-point victory, Liberty is 32-14 all-time when welcoming its alumni back to Liberty Mountain for Homecoming Weekend.

The opening drive of the game proved to be historic for the Flames. Antonio Gandy-Golden caught the ball on the first two offensive plays of the game, allowing the senior to become the program's all-time leader in career receiving yards.

He finished the game with nine reception for 149 yards, giving him 3,295 career receiving yards, which surpasses Darrin Peterson's (2012-15) previous record of 3,170 career yards.

On the same drive, Stephen Calvert completed all four of his passing attempts for 79 yards. The yardage pushed the senior over the 10,000 career passing yards threshold, making him the second quarterback in school history to pass for 10,000 or more yards.

Calvert didn't stop once he reached 10,000-yard mark, with the senior finishing the night by completing 23-of-35 attempts for 351 yards and five touchdowns.

Calvert's 16th career 300-yard game and third career five-passing touchdown game pushed him to the top of Liberty's career passing charts.

With his 351 passing yards tonight, Calvert became Liberty's all-time leader in career passing yards with 10,282. His total surpasses Josh Woodrum (2012-15), who finished his career with 10,266 passing yards.

While the game saw Calvert and Gandy-Golden climb to the top of their respective career statistical categories, the contest also saw one of their predecessors honored for his stellar career which took place three decades prior.

Liberty Athletics Hall of Fame member Kelvin Edwards had his No. 83 jersey retired during the break between the first and second quarters. Edwards (1982-85) finished his career with 2,546 receiving yards and 22 career touchdown receptions, both of which were program records when Edwards finished his career 30 years ago.

Box Score Highlights:
• Final Score: 59-44
• Liberty (5-2)
• Maine (2-5, 0-3 CAA)
• Location: Williams Stadium (Lynchburg, Va.)
• Attendance: 18,657

Turning Point:

It took the Flames less than two minutes of possession time to set the tone for the evening. After winning the coin toss, Calvert completed all four passing attempts on a four-play, 79-drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Noah Frith at the 13:41 mark.

Maine had to settle for a 23-yard field goal on its opening drive of the game, which was followed by a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Shedro Louis, giving Liberty a 14-3 lead at 6:56 and giving the Flames a double-digit cushion they would never relinquish.

Play-By-Play Breakdown:

First Quarter
• The opening drive of the game, where the Flames' history books started to be rewritten, ended on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Frith. The scoring play was the third career reception for the redshirt freshman and the first scoring play of his career.
• The Flames' final 10 points of the opening quarter came on the 97-yard kickoff return by Louis and a 36-yard field goal by Alex Probert at 1:52, giving Liberty a 17-3 lead following 15 minutes of play.

Second Quarter
• The Flames added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter when Peytton Pickett capped a four-play, five-yard scoring drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Pickett's second rushing touchdown of the year was set up by a 29-yard fumble return by Javon Scruggs.
• The remainder of the half saw five additional touchdowns, which gave Liberty a 45-17 lead at halftime.
• For the Flames, Calvert completed touchdown passes to Troy Henderson (18 yards) and Frankie Hickson (five yards), while former Maine running back Joshua Mack scored from two yards out on his old teammates with 22 seconds left just before the break.  

Third Quarter
• Both teams found the end zone once during the third quarter, extending Liberty's lead to 52-24 following three quarters.
• Liberty scored on a five-yard touchdown reception by DJ Stubbs at 8:30, while Maine got a 29-yard touchdown pass from Joe Fagano to Jaquan Blair with eight ticks left in the period.

Fourth Quarter
• After Maine scored twice to open the quarter and pull within 15, 52-37, Calvert reentered the game to lead the Flames on one more scoring drive and write his name in the record books.
• During a six-play, 54-yard drive, Calvert became Liberty's all-time passing leader and capped his third career five-passing touchdown game when he found Kevin Shaa open for a 15-yard touchdown pass at 11:04 to seal the victory.    

What's Next:

The Flames will begin a four-game road swing, next weekend, when Liberty travels to Piscataway, N.J., to face the Scarlett Knights of Rutgers. The first-ever meeting between the two programs will mark Liberty's first day game of the 2019 season with the game kicking off from SHI Stadium at 12:01 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Location: Piscataway, N.J. (SHI Stadium)
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: LFSN Radio (Flagship Station: The Journey 88.3 FM Lynchburg)
Kickoff: 12:01 p.m. (EST)