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Postgame Press Conference: Coach Freeze
Liberty earned its first-ever win over an ACC opponent, rolling to a 38-21 victory at Syracuse, Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
One year after rushing for -4 yards in a 24-0 season-opening loss to then No. 22 Syracuse, Liberty registered 338 yards on the ground in today's historic win. Liberty came into the game ranking seventh in the nation in rushing yards per game (250.8), while Syracuse allowed 237.5 rushing yards per contest.
With the victory, Liberty improves to 5-0 for the first time since opening the 2008 season with six straight wins. The Flames pushed their winning streak to seven games, their longest since a program-record 11-game winning streak spanning Oct. 20, 2007 through Oct. 11, 2008.
Shedro Louis had a breakout game for Liberty, rushing for 170 yards on 10 carries, scoring touchdown runs of 75 and 52 yards. Peytton Pickett rushed 23 times for 115 yards and a score, giving Liberty two 100-yard rushers in a game for the first time since the season opener at Western Kentucky. Malik Willis passed for 182 yards (16-for-20) and a touchdown while adding 58 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Syracuse's Rex Culpepper passed for 211 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, while Sean Tucker rushed for 111 yards on 21 carries.
For the game, Liberty outgained Syracuse, 520-308. Syracuse led the nation with 14 takeaways coming in, and the Orange won the turnover battle, 2-1. However, Liberty scored seven points off of its lone takeaway and Syracuse came up empty on two tries after turnovers.
Box Score Highlights: Final Score: 38-21 Liberty Liberty (5-0) Syracuse (1-4) Location: Carrier Dome (Syracuse, N.Y.) Attendance: 0
Turning Point: With Liberty leading 21-14 at halftime, the Flames opened the second half with a quick four-play, 78-yard drive that put the guests up by two scores, 28-14. The Flames held Syracuse to seven points in the second half, pulling away for a 38-21 victory. Play-By-Play Breakdown: First Quarter
What's Next: Liberty finishes up a stretch of four home games in five weeks, hosting Southern Miss next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Williams Stadium. The Flames are currently in the midst of an eight-game home winning streak and will host Head Coach Hugh Freeze's alma mater for the first time. Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Williams Stadium) Radio: LFSN Radio (Flagship Station: The Journey 88.3 FM Lynchburg) TV: ESPN3 Kickoff: 1 p.m. (EST)
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