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News and Notes: Charleston Southern

October 25, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty continued its push toward a third-straight Big South Conference title on Saturday, as the Flames used a late touchdown from Mike Brown to Will Quarles to secure a 20-13 victory over Charleston Southern on CSU Stadium.

With the victory, No. 23 Liberty moved to 5-2 on the season and remained unbeaten in Big South play in 2009.

The game was Liberty's lone road game during a stretch where the Flames play five out of six games inside the friendly confines of Williams Stadium. Liberty will close out the span of games with back-to-back home games against Presbyterian and VMI.

News and Notes from the Charleston Southern matchup:
• The victory over Charleston Southern extended Liberty's Big South winning streak to 13-straight games.
• Liberty's current 13-game Big South winning streak is the longest conference winning streak in Big South history.
• With 13-straight Big South victories, Liberty's conference winning streak is still the fourth longest active conference winning streak among FCS programs (ranking behind Albany – 17 games/Northeast, Appalachian State – 16 games/Southern and South Carolina State – 15 games/MEAC).
• Liberty has now won back-to-back road games and eight out of its last 10 road contests.
• The Flames have now won six-straight Big South Conference road games, giving Liberty a 6-1 Big South road record under head coach Danny Rocco.
• The Flames have now won four-straight matchups with the Buccaneers, outscoring Charleston Southern, 146-43, during the four-game span.
• Liberty has now won 15 out of 17 games against the Buccaneers, marking the most victories the Flames have over one opponent in program history.
• The victory upped Liberty's record to 13-2 in Big South games under head coach Danny Rocco.
• Liberty finished the game with just 165 total offensive yards, marking the Flames lowest total offensive yard output under head coach Danny Rocco.
• The last time Liberty finished a game with fewer total offensive yards was on Sept. 15, 2005, when Liberty finished with 145 total offensive yards in a 42-0 loss against Youngstown State.
• Liberty's previous low for total offensive yards under head coach Danny Rocco was 180 yards in a 10-3 road loss to Towson on Sept. 16, 2006.
• The 165 total offensive yards marked the third time this year and the sixth time under head coach Danny Rocco the Flames have been held to less than 300 total offensive yards in a game.
• Liberty's 165 total offensive yards against Charleston Southern is the fewest by the Flames in a victory under head coach Danny Rocco, bettering Liberty's 242 total offensive yards in its 38-32 road win over VMI on Nov. 18, 2006.
• Liberty finished the game with 55 team rushing yards, the lowest team rushing total since head coach Danny Rocco took over the program in 2006 (previous low was 58 team rushing yards against Towson in 2006).
• Liberty has been held below the 100-yard team rushing mark in three out of seven games in 2009.
• Aldreakis Allen's one-yard rushing touchdown in second quarter gave the Flames a rushing touchdown in 36-straight games and 39 out of 41 under head coach Danny Rocco.
• For the second-straight game and the third time this year, Liberty finished a game without throwing an interception.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty ranks No. 12 nationally in fewest interceptions thrown in 2009 (4).
• For the fourth-straight game and the fifth time in 2009, Liberty held an opponent under 200 passing yards, as Charleston Southern finished the game with 156 total passing yards.
• After the game against the Buccaneers, Liberty ranks No. 23 nationally in passing defense, having allowed an average of 163.29 yards per game.
• Through seven games in 2009, Liberty's defense has allowed just five passing touchdowns, which leaves Liberty tied for No. 5 nationally in fewest touchdown passes allowed in the country.
• Liberty scored on all three of its red zone scoring chances against Charleston Southern, pushing the Flames streak to 17-straight scoring drives when entering the opponent's 20-yard line.
• Liberty currently ranks No. 11 nationally in red zone scoring offense, having added points to the scoreboard 25 times during 28 trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line (89.3 percent).
• Liberty kept Charleston Southern from scoring on two drives which drove past Liberty's 20-yard line, as the Buccaneers finished the game 3-of-5 on red zone scoring chances.
• Liberty's defense only allowed one touchdown during Charleston Southern's five trips inside the 20-yard line.
• Following the game, Liberty is tied for No. 14 nationally in red zone defense, as the Flames are allowing their opponents to score 68.0 percent of the time inside the 20-yard line (17-of-25).
• Through seven games, the Flames have only allowed nine red zone touchdowns, which leaves Liberty ranked No. 16 in fewest red zone touchdowns allowed in the country.
• For the sixth-straight game, Liberty picked off a pass, as the Flames finished the Charleston Southern game with two interceptions.
• Liberty has now had multiple interceptions in four out of seven games in 2009.
• Liberty has now picked off 12 passes in 2009, which is tied for No. 9 nationally in total interceptions.
• Charleston Southern finished the game with 16 first downs, marking the third most first downs Liberty has allowed in 2009.
• Following the Charleston Southern game, Liberty ranks No. 16 nationally in first down defense, having allowed an average of 15.14 first downs per game.
• Liberty held Charleston Southern to 13 points, marking the third-straight game and the fifth time in seven contests in 2009 that Liberty has held an opponent below the two-touchdown mark.
• Following the Charleston Southern matchup, Liberty now ranks No. 14 nationally in scoring defense, having allowed an average of 16.14 points per game.
• Liberty was forced to punt the ball away six times during the game, marking a new team high for punts in a game this season.
• The six punts were the most by the Flames since having to punt eight times against Elon on Sept. 22, 2007 (25 games).
• Liberty committed its second fumble of the year during the game against Charleston Southern, leaving the Flames tied for No. 2 nationally in fewest total fumbles lost.
• The second-quarter fumble by quarterback Tommy Beecher was Liberty's sixth turnover in 2009, leaving the Flames tied for No. 2 nationally in fewest turnovers lost (LU ranks behind Gardner-Webb, who has only five turnovers lost this season).
• Mike Larsson finished the game with a career-high six punts for 219 yards, averaging 36.5 yards per punt.
• One of Mike Larsson's career-high six punts sailed 71 yards, marking the third longest punt in program history (bettering Ben Rogers 68-yard punt against Samford in 1999).
• Mike Larsson's 71-yard punt is tied for the second longest in Big South history, as it matches Gardner-Webb's Graham Whitlock who booted a 71-yard against Liberty on Oct. 5, 2002, in the first-ever Big South Conference game.
• Matt Bevins knocked down his first two field goal attempts of the game (37 and 50 yards), but missed a 44-yarder in the second quarter, snapping Bevins' consecutive field goal streak at eight straight.
• Matt Bevins' eighth-straight field goal was a 50-yard field goal in the first quarter, which is tied for the fourth longest field goal in program history (tied with Joe Pouncey, who had a 50-yard field goal against UCF in 1987).
• Matt Bevins' 50-yard field goal in the first quarter is also tied for the fourth longest in Big South history (tied with Gardner-Webb's Hunter Smith who had 50-yard field goals against Southeastern Louisiana in 2004 and Hampton in 2005).
• Following the game, Matt Bevins currently ranks No. 10 nationally, as he is averaging 1.57 field goals per game in 2009.
• Chris Rocco finished the game with a season-best and tied a career high with 11 tackles to lead the Flames' defense.
• Of the 11 stops Chris Rocco had against Charleston Southern, seven were assisted stops, marking a new career high (bettering his six assisted stops against James Madison earlier this year).
• For the second time this year, linebacker Doncel Bolt finished a game with a double-figure tackle total, as he finished second on the team with 10 stops against Charleston Southern.
• Nine of his 10 stops were assisted tackles, tying a career high, as he also had nine shared stops against James Madison earlier this year.
• Brent Vinson more than doubled his season total for tackles against Charleston Southern, as the freshman finished the game with eight stops, four solo and four assisted (he came into the game with seven tackles through the first six games of the year).
• For the fourth-straight game, KaJuan Lee intercepted a pass, returning it 29 yards to set up Liberty's first touchdown of the game.
• Following the game, KaJuan Lee ranks No. 10 nationally, as he is averaging 0.57 interceptions per game in 2009.
• Daryl Robertson recorded Liberty's other interception against Charleston Southern, marking the first interception of his football playing career (at any level of competition).