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Rocco Weekly Review: Stony Brook

November 20, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During the final regular-season version of the Rocco Weekly Review, head coach Danny Rocco talks about Liberty's upcoming game with Stony Brook.
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Game Day Central: Stony Brook

The Big South title will be on the line this Saturday, when No. 16 Liberty closes out its 2009 regular-season schedule on the road at Stony Brook in LaValle Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Liberty, who enters the game on a 16-game Big South winning streak, has already clinched at least a share of its third-straight Big South title, thanks to its 51-28 road win at Gardner-Webb, last weekend.

The road was not as kind to the Seawolves, as Stony Brook got a fourth-quarter field goal from Wes Skiffington to tie its game with Charleston Southern at 27-27. But a Michael Coulter interception on the first play in overtime, followed by a John Paglia 43-yard field goal four plays later lifted the homestanding Buccaneers to the three-point overtime victory.

Stony Brook, who comes into the contest with a 4-1 mark in league play, still can claim a share of the Big South title with Liberty should the Seawolves upend the Flames. Stony Brook is unbeaten at LaValle Stadium this year and with a win over Liberty would capture the second shared title in league history (Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina shared the conference title in 2005).

Liberty and Stony Brook first met last season, when the Flames controlled the pace of play for most of the 60 minutes of action in Williams Stadium on Oct. 11. Liberty doubled up the visiting Seawolves in terms of total offensive yardage, 466 to 233, en route to the Flames 33-0 shutout victory.

The Flames have found much success on the road this year, as Liberty has won its last three road games, which is the ninth-longest road winning streak in the country among FCS programs. Dating back to the 2007 season, Liberty has been the victor in nine of its last 11 road games and the Flames have won their last seven-straight Big South road contests.

Before the Flames took to the turf on Thursday afternoon for their final full practice and loading the plane for Long Island, had a chance to visit with head coach Danny Rocco in this week's installment of the Rocco Weekly Review.