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October 30, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Derek Bishop and the Flames return to the road this weekend when they travel to Clinton, S.C., to square off against future Big South foe Presbyterian.

Derek Bishop and the Flames return to the road this weekend when they travel to Clinton, S.C., to square off against future Big South foe Presbyterian.

Presbyterian Game Notes

Today's Game
Following their second-straight shutout of a Big South opponent, the Flames begin their final regular-season road stint this weekend when they travel to Clinton, S.C., to face future Big South foe Presbyterian on Saturday at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Blue Hose come into the contest well rested as they were idle last week, following a 41-27 setback at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 18.

Coach's Corner
In just two seasons at Liberty, head coach Danny Rocco has taken the Flames from 1-10 (in 2005) to Big South champions. The third-year skipper has posted a 21-9 record since taking over the program, helping him garner Big South Coach of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. Last year, the Flames were 8-3 and a perfect 4-0 against Big South foes.

Bobby Bentley will be looking to even his Presbyterian road when the Blue Hose face off against the Flames. The second-year skippers brings a 9-10 record into the contest after finishing his first go around in Clinton, S.C., with a 6-5 record in 2007. Presbyterian won five out of its last seven games in 2007, including victories over VMI and Coastal Carolina.

It's Been a Long, Long Time
Flame fans who can remember Liberty's last trip to Clinton, S.C., are few and far between, as the last time the Flames made the trek South was 24 years ago. Liberty is 1-1 in previous road games at Presbyterian, including a 17-13 loss on Oct. 27, 1984. Overall, Presbyterian leads the series with Liberty, 3-2, following the Flames' 48-14 Homecoming victory over the visiting Blue Hose last year at Williams Stadium on Oct. 27.

Home Sweet Home
Last weekend, the Flames welcomed visiting Charleston Southern to Williams Stadium, a facility Liberty has called home for the past 20 seasons. Liberty rallied for a 37-19 victory over Towson State on Oct. 21, 1989, and has won 65 percent of its contests since, having posted a 70-38 record at the on-campus facility. Last year, the Flames went undefeated at home for the second time in program history, posting a school-record 6-0 record, en route to their Big South title run.

Sensational Sellouts
For the 11th-straight home game, the Flames filled Williams Stadium beyond capacity, as 14,365 fans packed into the on-campus facility last weekend. The attendance figure was the seventh largest in the 20-year history of the stadium. Since head coach Danny Rocco has arrived at Liberty, the Flames have filled Williams Stadium beyond capacity 13 out of 17 games. Liberty has posted a 14-3 record during those contests, averaging 13,267 fans per home game.

Attending to the National Numbers
Following its 11th-consecutive sellout crowd at Williams Stadium in the Flames' 42-0 shutout over Charleston Southern last weekend, Liberty ranks as one of the nation's elite in terms of home attendance figures. The Flames now rank No. 7 in total home attendance (73,837), No. 8 nationally in filling stadium capacity (123.06 percent) and No. 13 in average home attendance (14,767).

Saturday Night Lights
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 11-3 in night games. Since 1976, Liberty has compiled a 53-65-3 in night games.

In Broad Daylight
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 9-6 in games played during the day. Since 1976, Liberty is 113-113-1 in day games.

Natural Versus Artificial Surfaces
Under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames are 16-7 on artificial turf and 4-2 on natural grass. Overall, Liberty is 96-107-4 on natural grass and 76-75 on artificial turf. The Flames play their home games at Williams Stadium, which has an artificial surface, as new state-of-the-art FieldTurf was installed prior to the start of the 2006 season. Liberty has posted a 14-3 record at home since the new surface was installed.

Overtime Update
The Flames enter today's game having posted a 3-5 record in overtime games. Liberty's last overtime game came on Sept. 15, 2007, when the Flames dropped a 48-41 decision to William & Mary in double overtime in Williamsburg, Va.

Liberty has only played two of its eight overtime games away from Williams Stadium. Liberty's first extra-period game was a 34-28 road lost to Morgan State on Sept. 21, 1996. Liberty's last victory in an overtime contest came on Nov. 22, 2003, when it closed out the 2003 campaign with a 49-42 win over Hofstra.

Raising Up No. 71
Prior to the start of the Flames' contest against Tusculum on Sept. 1, 2007, Liberty ceremonially honored founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, who passed away the previous May, by starting a new game day tradition. Members of the University Police force raised a No. 71 flag underneath the Liberty Flames flag above the South end zone, just prior to the team taking the field, bringing the 14,925 fans in attendance to their feet.

The new tradition has become a permanent part of the Flames' pregame ceremonies at all home football games. A different person/group will receive the honor of raising the flag at each game. Oct. 25th honorees were members of the Liberty University Alumni Office, as last weekend was Homecoming Weekend on campus.

This year's honorees:
Aug. 30 (North Greenville) – Jerry Falwell, Jr., LU President and Chancellor
Sept. 6 (Glenville State) – Josh McDougal, former LU cross country/track and field standout
Oct. 11 (Stony Brook) – SAAC, LU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Oct. 18 (Lafayette) – Representative from the Parents' Club Foundation
Oct. 25 (Charleston Southern) - Representative from Alumni Office

Back in the Big South
Liberty is in the midst of its seventh season of competition in Big South Conference action today. Since beginning league play in 2002, Liberty has posted a 16-10 Big South record, thanks to a perfect 4-0 championship record in 2007 and back-to-back 3-1 records in 2003 and 2004.

Liberty series records against Big South schools since 2002
Charleston Southern 6-1
Coastal Carolina 3-3
Gardner-Webb 2-4
Stony Brook 1-0
VMI 4-1
Note: Elon was a member of the Big South in 2002 with Elon defeating Liberty.

From "Good2Great"
Liberty captured its first-ever Big South championship last year, sweeping through the conference with an unblemished 4-0 league record. Liberty was the fifth program in league history to finish a conference campaign undefeated, winning its Big South games by more than 30 points per game (47.8 average points scored to 17.0 average points allowed).

At the Top Again
For the second year in a row, the Flames were named the preseason favorites to hoist the Big South trophy at the end of the season. Liberty garnered 12 out of 13 first-place votes in the annual Big South coaches and media preseason poll and finished 19 points ahead of second-place Coastal Carolina in total votes.

Noting the Streak
Liberty had its 11-game winning streak snapped on Oct. 18 with a 35-21 loss to Patriot League contender Lafayette. Below is a breakdown of where the streak ranked on the program, conference and national scenes heading into the contest against the Leopards:
• It was the longest winning streak in program history (bettering a 10-game winning streak which spanned the 1988 and 1989 seasons)
• It was the second longest in Big South history (longest was 14-straight by Charleston Southern over the 2005 and 2006 seasons)
• It was the nation's longest active winning streak among FCS program (ranking head of Sacred Heart, James Madison, San Diego and Elon, who all had won six-straight games)

Not Many in the NCAA Could Say the Same
Liberty's 11-game winning streak ranked as the longest active winning streak among FCS programs prior to its loss to Lafayette on Oct. 18. At the time of the loss, Liberty was one of six NCAA programs to own a double-digit winning streaks out of 629 total NCAA programs (FBS – 120, FCS – 123, Division II – 150 and Division III – 236). The Flames were joined in the elite group by BYU (FBS, 16-straight), Tuskegee (Division II, 20-straight), Bloomsburg (Division II, 12-straight), American International (Division II, 10 straight) and Wisconsin-Whitewater (Division III, 18-straight).

Big South Barrage
Despite the Flames 11-game winning streak coming to an end against Lafayette on Oct. 18, one streak remains alive for Liberty as the Flames have reeled off nine-straight Big South victories dating back to the 2006 season. The last time the Flames dropped a Big South contest was on Oct. 21, when Liberty fell, 27-24, to Gardner-Webb. The league run is the longest in Big South history, bettering Coastal Carolina's eight-game conference winning streak that spanned three seasons (11/22/03—10/29/05).

Fierce In Front of Their Own Fans
Not only did the loss to Lafayette on Oct. 18 snap the nation's longest FCS winning streak, but it also halted an 11-game home winning streak for Liberty. The successful home victories run was the longest in program history and was the second longest in the nation at the time among FCS programs. San Diego holds the nation's longest FCS home winning streak at 28 games.

Moving on Up
Liberty's resounding 42-0 shutout victory over Charleston Southern helped the Flames move up to No. 17 in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week. Liberty moved up three spots in the Sports Network ranking and four places in the FCS Coaches poll. The Flames have been ranked among the nation's Top 25 programs for eight-straight weeks, setting a program record for consecutive weeks in the national polls.

More from the Polls
Speaking of votes, Liberty Head Coach Danny Rocco and Sparky, the program's mascot, are currently in the running for two national honors. In the fan portion of the poll for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honor, Rocco ranked first in the Division I-AA listing, as of Wednesday, while Sparky is the second leading write-in candidate in the Capital One Mascot Challenge. Voting in both fan polls opened during the first week of the year and will conclude directly following the conclusion of the regular season.

Twice as Nice
For the second time under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames recorded multiple shutouts in the same season. Earlier this year, the Flames blanked Stony Brook, 33-0, in the Seawolves' first-ever Big South game. Last weekend, the Flames shutout Charleston Southern, 42-0, making Liberty the first-ever Big South team to shutout back-to-back opponents. The blanking was the sixth under head coach Danny Rocco and the 19th in program history.

Rocco Quickly Joins Elite
Liberty's 42-0 shutout victory over Charleston Southern last weekend gave head coach Danny Rocco his 21st career victory as the head coach of the Flames football program. In two-plus years, Rocco has matched his predecessor, Ken Karcher, who ranks third in program annals in terms of coaching victories (21-46). Ranking ahead of Rocco are Tom Dowling with 33 wins (33-38-2) and Sam Rutigliano, who is the winningest coach in program history (67-53).

Yardage Monsters
For the fifth-straight game and the seventh time this year, the Flames surpassed the 400 total offensive yard mark against Charleston Southern last Saturday, finishing the game with 301 more total offensive yards than the Buccaneers (492 to 191). The yardage total was the Flames' second highest of the year. Liberty currently ranks No. 5 nationally in the statistical category, averaging 457.8 total offensive yards per game.

By a Wide Margin
The Flames outgained Charleston Southern by 301 yards last weekend, helping Liberty post its second-straight shutout victory. The total offensive yardage margin was the second largest under head coach Danny Rocco. Last year, the Flames outgained St. Francis, Pa., by 382 yards (591-209).

Frequent Flyer Miles
For the second game in row, Liberty finished a contest with 300 or more yards passing. The Flames amassed 301 passing yards, thanks to the throwing efforts of Brock Smith, Spencer Landis and Mike Brown. Two games ago, Liberty passed for 344 yards against Lafayette, marking the most passing yards during head coach Danny Rocco's tenure. Prior to the Flames' last two games, Liberty's previous passing high under Rocco was 281 yards against Presbyterian last year.

Bucs Balk the Flames Run Game
Liberty finished the Charleston Southern game by rushing for 188 yards, marking the second-straight game the Flames have been held under the 200-yard team rushing mark. The last time the Flames failed to reach the 200-yard plateau in consecutive games was in 2007, when the Flames were held below the mark during the first four games of the year.

Despite the fewer rushing yards, Liberty still ranks No. 9 nationally by averaging 228.13 rushing yards per game. Since head coach Danny Rocco's arrival in 2006, Liberty has averaged 207.8 rushing yards per game and has surpassed the 200-yard plateau in 14 out of 30 games.

Danny Remains Defense
The Flames held Charleston Southern to 191 total offensive yards last weekend, helping guide Liberty to a 42-0 shutout victory. The figure marked a new season low for a Liberty opponent and was the third fewest yards allowed since head coach Danny Rocco took over the team in 2006. Liberty currently ranks No. 31 nationally in total defense, allowing an average of 320.1 total offensive yards per game.

A Decisive Number
The Flames' prolific offense is starting to catch the eye of the nation, as Liberty ranks No. 14 in scoring offense (35.3 points per game). The 30-point mark seems to be the key number for a Flames victory, as Liberty is 17-2 under head coach Danny Rocco when Liberty scores more than 30 points in a game. The Flames are 3-7 under Rocco when Liberty fails to reach the 30-point threshold.

Points a Plenty under Rocco
In six out of eight games this year, the Flames have scored 30 or more points, doing so again in a 42-0 victory over Charleston Southern. Liberty currently ranks No. 14 in scoring offense, as the Flames are averaging 35.3 points per game. Last year, the Flames were No. 3 in scoring offense, averaging a program and Big South record 42.6 points per game. Since head coach Danny Rocco took over the program in 2006, Liberty has averaged 33.6 points scored per game, and Liberty is 17-2 in contests when the Flames roll up 30 or more points on the scoreboard.

Don't Forget About the "D"
Despite Liberty's gaudy offensive numbers over the past two-plus seasons, the Flames defense has played a significant factor in the team's success, bringing a smile to head coach Danny Rocco's face, as he is a 20-plus year defensive coaching veteran. Since 2006, Liberty has held its opponents to an average of 18.9 points per game, meaning Liberty is outscoring its opponents by more than two touchdowns per game (an average of 14.7 points per game).

Run Stoppers
For the fifth time this year, the Flames held an opponent under the 100-yard team rushing mark. Charleston Southern finished with 62 team rushing yards, the second lowest opponent team rushing total of the year (second to Western Carolina's 33 yards). The Flames currently rank No. 25 nationally in rushing defense, allowing 108.9 team rushing yards per game.

The Nation's Best
One of the busiest crews on the field during a Liberty football game is the "chain gang", as Liberty enters today's match-up with Presbyterian as the nation's leader in third-down conversions. After converting on 9-of-12 third-down plays, the Flames have now picked up a new set of downs 54.7 percent of the team in third-down situations (58-of-106). The Flames are averaging 7.3 third-down conversions per game.

Frequent First Downs
Liberty's potent offensive attack and high third-down conversion rate have the Flames ranked among the nation's elite in another statistical category. Liberty ranks No. 12 in first down offense, picking up an average of 22.0 first downs per game. Should the Flames continue to pick up first downs at the same rate, Liberty would break a school record. The Flames are on pace to pick up 264 total first downs this year, which would surpass the 1993 squad who finished the year with 241 first downs.

First Down Frenzy
Liberty finished the Oct. 11 contest against Stony Brook with 28 total first downs, including 17 via rushing plays. The 28 first downs were the second most under head coach Danny Rocco, ranking only behind Liberty' 29 first downs during its 31-0 shutout victory over Gardner-Webb to wrap up Liberty's first-ever Big South championship on Nov. 17, 2007. Liberty has picked up 20 or more first downs in all but one game this year (18 against Lafayette).

Fewer Infractions
During the first three games of the year, Liberty averaged 10.7 penalties per game for an average of 101 penalty yards (32 total penalties/303 total penalty yards). Over the last five games, Liberty totaled 22 infractions for 173 total yards (averaging 4.4 penalties and 34.6 penalty yards per contest). Despite the marked improvement, Liberty still ranks No. 72 nationally in penalties per game (6.75) and No. 74 in average penalty yards per game (59.50).

Trying to Take Better Care of the Ball
For the second-straight game, Liberty gave the ball away twice, fumbling the ball once and having a pass intercepted on an end-of-the-half deep pass into the end zone. The Flames were able to cause a fumble and intercept two passes, giving Liberty a positive season turnover margin (0.13), which ranks No. 56 nationally. During Liberty's first two years under head coach Danny Rocco, the Flames valued possession of the football, ranking No. 7 in turnover margin in 2007 (1.27 per game) and No. 20 in 2006 (0.55 per game).

The Ideal Job
If you are looking for the "cushy" job on the Flames roster, you'll find it in the area of punting. Liberty enters today's game as the team with the fourth fewest total punts among FCS program so far in 2008. The Flames have been force to punt the ball away 21 times over seven games (2.6 times per game). Fewer punts mean Liberty's offense is successful, but it has hurt its punting game, as Liberty ranks second to last among FCS programs in net punting (averaging 25.95 yards gained by punting).

Sensational Seven
The Flames enter the Presbyterian contest winners in seven of the eight games in 2008. With the run of victories, Liberty is one of nine FCS program to have reached the seven-win plateau this year to lead the nation in victories. Liberty is currently tied with James Madison, Montana, Sacred Heart, Dayton and Prairie View for the country's best FSC winning percentage at 88.0 (7-1).

Road Warriors
The Flames have claimed victory during their last five road games, tying Liberty for the second longest active FCS road winning streak. Lafayette, who picked up a road win over the Flames on Oct. 18 at Williams Stadium, currently leads the country having won six-straight away contests. The Flames are tied with Cal Poly, as the Mustangs have also won five straight away from friendly confines of Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Liberty's last road setback was a 35-34 loss at Toledo on Oct. 6, 2007.

Eight is Great
The 2008 squad will be looking to join an elite group of teams in program history, when they square off against Presbyterian on Saturday. Should the Flames be victorious over the Blue Hose, this year's team would pick up its eighth victory over the year. Only five other teams in the 37-year history of the program have reached the eight-win plateau. Three teams finished the season with eight wins (1988, 1995 and 2007) and two squads reached the nine-win mark (1979 and 1997).

Great Out of the Gate
For the second time in program history, the Flames started the season with a 6-0 record before falling to Lafayette on Oct. 18. Liberty also accomplished the feat in 1989; however, the Flames are hoping for a better finish than the previous 6-0 squad, as the 1989 team lost three out of their last games to close out the year 7-4.

Protecting the Passer
After allowing three sacks in its season-opener against North Greenville, the Flames offensive line has banned together to allow just three sacks over the last seven games. Liberty currently ranks No. 5 nationally, as the Flames are surrendering 0.75 sacks per game. Last year, Liberty finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country, as the Flames allowed 0.73 sacks per contest. All in all, the Flames have allowed less than a sack a game (0.83/25 in 30 games) since head coach Danny Rocco took over the program in 2006.

Picking Them Off
For the third time this year, the Flames finished a game with multiple interceptions, picking off Charleston Southern quarterback Tribble Reese twice, accounting for a pair of the Buccaneer turnovers. Liberty currently ranks tied for No. 38 nationally, having picked off nine passes during the first eight games of the year.

Returning Rampage
Liberty returned five kickoffs for 125 yards against Coastal Carolina Oct. 4, tying season highs in both total kick returns and kickoff return yardage. Liberty currently ranks No. 6 nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 23.56 yards per return. The Flames are one of 21 FCS programs to have returned a kickoff for a touchdown in 2008, recording a 76-yard return against North Greenville in its season opener.

Punt Return Power Down
After five games, the Flames were ranked as one of the top punt return teams in the nation, averaging 17.6 yards per punt return. However, Liberty's last three opponents have kept the Flames from returning punts, as the Flames recorded one punt return each against Stony Brook and Lafayette and three punt returns for a total of two yards against Charleston Southern. Following the lower punt return numbers, Liberty now ranks No. 22 nationally in in punt returns, now averaging 13.3 yards per return.

Kings of the Return Game
James Madison held onto its No. 1 ranking in FCS football following the weekend of Oct. 18, thanks to a last-second punt return for a touchdown, the Dukes' third such return of the season. Liberty and James Madison are among a select few in the nation at the FCS level, as the two programs are joined by five others who have returned at least one punt and one kickoff for a touchdown in 2008. The remaining five in the elite group are Florida A&M, Georgia Southern, Hampton, Northwestern State and Tennessee-Martin.

Keeping Them Out of the Backfield
Charleston Southern managed to record four tackles for a loss of 14 total yards, marking the second highest tackle for a loss total by a Liberty opponent this year. The Flames currently rank No. 6 nationally in fewest tackles for a loss allowed per game (3.63), resulting in a loss of 29.0 average yards per game.

Legends Enshrined
During Liberty's annual Homecoming game on Oct. 25, the Liberty University Athletics Department honored long-time head coach Sam Rutigliano and former AFC Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowler Eric Green. The pair of Liberty legends joined founder Dr. Jerry Falwell, as jerseys were retired in honor of their accomplishments. An "HC" jersey now hangs in honor of Rutigliano, while a No. 86 jersey rests next to Rutigliano's paying tribute to Green's storied career at Liberty.

Coaches on the Field
At halftime of the Flames' annual Spring Football Game on April 19, head coach Danny Rocco tabbed six players for leadership roles in 2008, when the skipper named his team captains. Quarterback Brock Smith, running back Rashad Jennings and center Mike Godsil were named offensive team captains. Defensively, nose guard Colin Dugan, linebacker Nick Hursky and defensive back Ryan Greiser were recognized as this year's defensive team captains.

The League's Elite
Rashad Jennings was tabbed the Big South Preseason Offensive Player of the Year at the conference's annual media day on July 25. Jennings, last year's Big South Offensive Player of the Year, set new Big South records in rushing touchdowns (15), all-purpose yards (154.3 per game), total touchdowns scored (17) and points scored (104). Jennings, along with seven other Flames, was named to the Big South's preseason all-conference team, giving Liberty more preseason selects than any other program in the conference this year.

Duo Grabs All-America Honors
Rashad Jennings and Dominic Bolden were named to the Sports Network's Preseason All-America teams on Aug. 22. Jennings grabbed first-team honors as the nation's premium FCS running back, while Bolden was recognized for his stellar return abilities as a third-team honoree at kickoff return specialist. Both Jennings and Bolden were named to the Sports Network's honorable-mention All-America squad at their respective positions at the end of the 2007 campaign.

Nearing the All-Time Mark
Rashad Jennings rushed for 127 yards against Charleston Southern last weekend, giving the senior his 19th career 100-yard rushing performance. On Oct. 18 against Lafayette, Jennings became the Big South's all-time 100-yard game leader. The senior now needs to pass the century mark one more time to tie Dre Barnes' all-time Liberty mark of 20 100-yard career games.

Closing In on the Legends
With his 127 rushing yards against Charleston Southern last weekend, Rashad Jennings continues to inch closer to second place on the Big South all-time rushing list. The senior has rushed for 3,133 yards since joining the Flames roster in 2006, which is 90 yards away from Sean Mizzer's mark of 3,233 career yards. Dre Barnes is the Big South all-time leader with 3,409 career rushing yards.

Standing at the Top
For the sixth-consecutive game, running back Rashad Jennings recorded a rushing touchdown, finding the end zone twice during the contest against Charleston Southern. The pair of scores gave the senior 242 career points at Liberty, continuing to expand his career record as the all- career scoring list among non-kicking players.

Mr. Consistency
With his 127 rushing yards against Charleston Southern, Rashad Jennings stands right at 1,000 rushing yards for the season. Since joining the Flames roster in 2006, Jennings has reached the 1,000-yard plateau all three seasons to become the first running back in program and Big South history to accomplish the feat.

Fantastic Four
Rashad Jennings leads Liberty and the Big South Conference in both scoring and rushing yards per game, while placing No. 4 nationally in both statistical categories. The senior is averaging 142.9 rushing yards per game and 11.1 points per contest.

Searching for No. 7
Rashad Jennings enters the Presbyterian contest having reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six consecutive games. The streak ties Eugene Goodman for the school record, as Goodman surpassed the century mark six-straight times during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Smith Still Smoking
Following a career-best performance where he threw for 344 yards against Lafayette, quarterback Brock Smith had another solid day against Charleston Southern last weekend. The senior completed 17-of-27 pass attempts for 269 yards, marking the third time the hurler has surpassed the 250-yard mark in consecutive games.

Playing with the Big Boys
Brock Smith's 269 passing yards, his fourth best single-game passing performance in his career, gave the quarterback 6,097 career passing yards. The senior is now the fourth hurler in program and Big South history to surpass the 6,000 career passing yard mark.

Near Perfect Passer
Brock Smith enters today's game as one of the most efficient passers in the nation. The senior currently ranks No. 10 nationally in passing efficiency, boasting a 158.66 passer ranking. Should the season end today, Smith would finish his career as the most proficient passer in Liberty and Big South history. The senior has a 145.6 career passer efficiency rating, ranking ahead of Charleston Southern's Collin Drafts (134.4) and Liberty's Robby Justino (132.6) in the respective rankings.

Dynamic Duo at it Again
For the second-straight week, wide receivers Jonathan Crawford and Dominic Bolden both finished a contest with receiving totals over 100 yards. The performance marked the 16th time in program history a pair of wide receivers have finished the same game with 100 receiving yards. Before the previous two games, the last time two receivers accomplished the feat was against Charleston Southern on Nov. 10, 2001, when Adrian Hall (133 yards) and Daniel Thomas (110 yards) helped the Flamed down the Buccaneers, 45-31.

Career Day for Crawford
After posting his first 100-yard receiving game against Lafayette, Jonathan Crawford bettered his numbers against Charleston Southern. Last weekend, the senior led the Flames with six catches for 124 yards, while two of his six receptions went for touchdowns. The senior now has 500 receiving yards on the year, which is almost four times his career total coming into the 2008 season (134 yards on 11 receptions).

Dominic Demands Notice
Following his second-straight 100-yard game and the fourth of his career, Dominic Bolden has put himself in the position to add his named to the program and Big South's record book. The senior now has 718 receiving yards to his name, marking the most single-season receiving yards in the last 15 years and the seventh best single-season performance in program history. The wide out also has 1,443 career receiving yards, leaving him 480 yards out of the Big South's all-time Top 5 receivers. At No. 5 is Liberty's Wynton Jackson with 1,923 career receiving yards.

Over The Hill
Celebrating the number 40 is often frowned upon, as the 40th birthday is known as moving "over the hill." However, for senior Mike Godsil it is a number of endearment. Against Lafayette, the senior started his 40th-consecutive career game, doing so at center for each game since he joined the roster as a freshman in 2005. Godsil could be joined in the 40-start club by Patrick Calvary this weekend, as the defensive back enters the contest with 39 career starts.

Touchdown Streak Halted
For the first time in 18 games, Zach Terrell failed to record a rushing touchdown in a game, as the senior finished the Western Carolina game on Sept. 13 with eight carries for 51 yards without finding the end zone. Prior to the game against the Catamounts, the last time Terrell played in a game without rushing for a touchdown was on Sept. 30, 2006, when the then sophomore carried the ball four times for 20 yards without finding the end zone against Wake Forest. Terrell currently ranks third in the Big South and fifth in Liberty's program history with 29 career rushing touchdowns.

The Purpose Driven Pair
Liberty is the only team at the FCS level to have two players rank in the Top 20 individually in all-purpose running yards. Dominic Bolden ranks No. 16, averaging 159.62 all-purpose yards per game, just edging out fellow teammate Rashad Jennings, who ranks No. 17 by averaging 158.43 all-purpose yards per contest.

Total Team Effort
The Flames enter today's game with the best scoring defense in the Big South, while ranking No. 19 nationally by allowing a stingy 19.25 points per game. Senior linebacker Nick Hursky leads Liberty's defensive effort and ranks third in the Big South, as he is averaging 8.1 tackles per game. Hursky is followed on the Flames defensive listing by Ryan Greiser, as the defensive back is averaging 6.1 tackles per game. The pair are the lone two Liberty defenders in the conference's Top 20 individual tackles listing this year.

Wes Has His Way
For the first time in his career, senior Wes Cheek finished as the team's leading tackler, doing so with nine stops against Charleston Southern last weekend. The former fullback turned linebacker finished with seven assisted tackles to go along with an assisted tackle for a loss of 14 yards. The senior nearly doubled his season-to-date tackle total, as he came into the contest with 10 stops on the year.

Larry Leaps into the Spotlight
Larry Claiborne also had a career day last Saturday, finishing third on the Flames roster with a career-best seven stops. The redshirt freshman helped a depleted defensive backfield due to an injury to starting strong safety Ryan Greiser who was on the sideline, by finishing the game with five assisted tackles and his third pass break-up of the year. Claiborne also made his presence known as part of the Flames' special team's unit, as he blocked a punt which led to a 25-yard rushing touchdown on the next play.

Sensational Specialist
Liberty has two of the nation's best return specialists on its roster in seniors Dominic Bolden and Jonathan Crawford. Bolden, who currently ranks No.4 nationally by averaging 16.93 yards per punt return, is the Big South's all-time leader with 1,303 career kickoff returns yards and three kick offs returned for a touchdown. Bolden also ranks atop the program's listing with a 29.0 kickoff return yard average. Bolden's wideout partner Crawford currently ranks tied for No. 6 nationally, as the senior is averaging 29.09 yards per kickoff return. Both return specialists have returned a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown to account for two of three players in Big South history to accomplish the feat.