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Defense, Bevins and Allen Tabbed by Big South

October 19, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Aldreakis was one of three Flames honored today by the Big South with weekly accolades.

Aldreakis was one of three Flames honored today by the Big South with weekly accolades.

Following the second-largest margin of victory ever in a Big South contest, Liberty was able to take home three out of four weekly football honors handed out by the league, as announced earlier today.

On Saturday, Liberty opened up a close 16-6 game late in the third quarter by scoring 42-unaswered points over a span of 14:44 to roll to a 58-13 victory over Coastal Carolina. The victory extended Liberty's Big South winning streak to 12-straight games, which is the longest run in league history and the fourth-longest active winning streak among FCS programs.

Individually, Matt Bevins was named Special Teams Player of the Week, while Aldreakis Allen took home his second league honor of the season when he was named this week's Freshman of the Week. The Flames defense was honored as a whole, when the unit was tabbed this week's Big South Defensive Player of the Week.

Bevins (So., K, Newport News, Va.) tallied a career-best 14 points in the game, as he was perfect on 3-of-3 field goal tries and all five of his point-after attempts. The sophomore's previous career high was 13 points scored, against the Chanticleers during last year's meeting.

Bevins, who was tabbed Big South Freshman of the Week three times last year, has now knocked down his last six field goal tries. His 14 points scored enabled the sophomore to eclipse the 100-career point mark, as he enters this weekend's game with 102 career tallies.

Allen (Fr., RB, Colbert, Ga.) was the Flames' leading offensive weapon in their 45-point victory over Coastal Carolina, as the rookie scored three times and racked up 203 all-purpose yards.

He rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries, while scoring three times on the ground. His 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter began Liberty's 42-unanswered scoring burst. Allen, who was previously named Big South Freshman of the Week on Sept. 14, also finished the game with a team-high six receptions for 83 yards, while tacking a kickoff return for 14 yards.

Finally, Liberty's defense banded together to post one of its most impressive showings since head coach Danny Rocco took over the program in 2006. The defensive shutdown was a team effort, as Liberty's leading tacklers were Trey Jacobs and Doncel Bolt, who both finished the game with five stops apiece.

Liberty allowed Coastal Carolina to tally just 175 total offensive yards, which is the second fewest yards allowed by Liberty during the past four seasons. The Chanticleers recorded 38 of those 175 yards during the final five minutes of the game, after Liberty was leading 58-6 and had pulled most of its starting defenders.

The 13 points allowed marked the 17th time, out of 39 games, Liberty has held an opponent to less than two touchdowns under Rocco. Liberty finished the game with four interceptions, nine tackles for a loss and three sacks.

The Flames rushed for 300 yards and six touchdowns against the Chanticleers, while passing for 275 yards on Coastal Carolina's defense. Coastal Carolina came into the game ranked No. 3 nationally in fewest passing yards allowed (126.2 yards per game average before the weekend).

Rounding out this week's honors were Gardner-Webb running back Patrick Hall and Stony Brook quarterback Michael Coulter, who shared Big South Offensive Player of the Week accolades. The pair of players led their respective programs to Big South victories.

Hall stepped in for injured starter Philip Peoples and responded with a career-high 118 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Gardner-Webb's 27-20 win over Charleston Southern.

Coulter put together his second 300-yard passing game in his last three outings to lead Stony Brook past VMI, 27-20, for its first road win of the season. Coulter completed 28-of-44 passes (63.6 percent) for 316 yards and two touchdowns, and engineered the Seawolves' game-winning drive.

Liberty, who has won seven of its last nine road games and five-straight Big South road games, will put its 12-game conference winning streak on the line this Saturday. The Flames (4-2, 1-0 Big South) travel to Charleston, S.C., to face Charleston Southern in a 1:30 p.m. game at CSU Stadium.