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LU Remains No. 16 in the Sports Network Poll

November 16, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Chris Summers and the Flames downed Gardner-Webb, 51-28, for their 16th-straight Big South win and remained No. 16 in the latest Sports Network poll.

Chris Summers and the Flames downed Gardner-Webb, 51-28, for their 16th-straight Big South win and remained No. 16 in the latest Sports Network poll.

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For the third-straight week, the Flames remain ranked No. 16 in the latest Sports Network poll, while Liberty dropped a spot in the FCS Coaches rankings to No. 17, following a 51-28 conference road victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

The Flames are coming off their 16th-straight Big South Conference victory, a run which ranks as the third-longest active FCS conference winning streak in the country. Liberty's offense, which ranks No. 4 in the country in scoring average, exploded for 50-plus points for the third-straight game and the fourth time in the last five contests.

There was very little movement in the Top 20 of the Sports Network listing, as the only teams to see significant changes were Elon and New Hampshire.

The Phoenix suffered a 27-10 loss to now-ranked No. 6 Appalachian State and dropped from No. 6 to No. 10. Likewise, the Wildcats suffered a conference loss at the hands of current No. 5 William and Mary, 20-17, and fell from No. 8 to No. 11 in the weekly listing.

No. 12 through No. 19 in the Sports Network poll all remained the same during this week's listing, with Liberty pulling in 1,346 votes to remain at No. 16. Ahead of the Flames is No. 15 Stephen F. Austin, who garnered 1,532 votes, while No. 17 Jacksonville State is listed behind Liberty after receiving 1,245 votes.

In the FCS Coaches Poll, Stephen F. Austin was able to use its own lopsided conference victory to flip spots with the Flames from the previous week's listing.

The Lumberjacks are coming off a sizeable 41-10 win over Southland Conference foe Southeastern Louisiana, allowing them to edge out the Flames for No. 16.

Stephen F. Austin garnered 280 votes, while the Liberty received 273 votes to drop to No. 17. Despite the loss, Southeastern Louisiana still received votes in both the Sports Network (74 votes) and FCS Coaches (3) listings.

The Flames will go on the road this weekend to wrap up their 2009 regular-season schedule, where Liberty will be looking to clinch its third-straight Big South title.

Liberty already holds a share of the conference title by virtue of its win and Stony Brook's overtime loss to Charleston Southern. The Flames can seal up the outright conference crown with a victory on Saturday at LaValle Stadium. Kickoff on Long Island is slated for 1 p.m.