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News and Notes: Stony Brook

November 22, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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A late touchdown by Stony Brook, Saturday afternoon, at LaValle Stadium kept the Flames from posting their second-straight nine-win season, as Liberty fell to the Seawolves, 36-36, in both team's final games of the 2009 season.

Liberty scored with 55 seconds left when Tommy Beecher completed a quick nine-play, 78-yard drive, which used up 1:41 on the game clock, when the senior found tight end Dominique Jones for a seven-yard touchdown pass to give Liberty the momentary 33-29 lead.

However, the Seawolves were able to match Liberty's drive, moving 74 yards on just three plays and in only 18 seconds to take the lead. On the second play of the drive, Michael Coulter completed a 64-yard pass to Jordan Gush to get Stony Brook down the 10-yard line. On the next play, Coulter and Gush hooked up again, this time on a 10-yard scoring strike to secure the victory for Stony Brook.

With the win, both Liberty and Stony Brook finished the season with identical 5-1 Big South records, giving both teams a share of the Big South title. The title was the third-straight for the Flames and the first for the Seawolves.

News and Notes:
• The loss at Stony Brook snapped the Flames' 16-Big South winning streak, which was the longest winning streak in Big South history.
• Coming into the weekend, Liberty's 16-game Big South winning streak was the third-longest active winning streak in the nation among FCS programs.
• Liberty finishes the 2009 season with an 8-3 record, giving the Flames eight or more wins in a season for three-straight years to set a new program record.
• Liberty ended the year with an 8-3 record, marking the first time the Flames have finished a season with a winning record for four-straight seasons.
• Liberty ended the year setting new team school records in completion percentage (68.1), field goals (22) and fumbles lost (3).
• Liberty also tied a school record for the fewest interceptions thrown in a season (5).
• Liberty finished the Stony Brook game with 208 rushing yards, marking the fifth time the Flames finished a game in 2009 with 200 or more team rushing yards.
• Liberty scored two rushing touchdowns against Stony Brook, giving the Flames 31 rushing touchdowns in 2009.
• Liberty's 31 rushing touchdowns in 2009 was the second most by a team in single-season history and was the third most rushing touchdowns during the regular season by a FCS program in the country.
• Liberty finished the 2009 season with 1,937 rushing yards, marking the first time 2005 Liberty has not surpassed the 2,000 yard mark in a season.
• Liberty's senior class finished their four-year career with a 32-13 record, which makes this year's senior class the winningest class in program history (bettering the 1997 and 1998 teams who finished their careers with 27 wins).
• Liberty finished the Stony Brook game with one turnover (an interception on the last play of the game) and finished the regular season leading the nation in turnover margin (1.91).
• Matt Bevins set a new program and Big South record for scoring by a kicker, as the sophomore finished the year with 107 points scored.
• Matt Bevins finished the year with a program and Big South record 22 field goals.
• Matt Bevins finished the regular season tied for the national lead by averaging 2.00 field goals per game (tied with Illinois State's Zach Kutch).
• Matt Bevins finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring (9.73) and as the national leading in point scored and scoring average among kickers.
• Only three players scored more points during the 2009 regular season than Liberty's Matt Bevins, as McNeese State's Toddrick Pendland (RB) scored 118 points and Eastern Washington's Taiwan Jones (RB) and Central Arkansas' Brent Grimes (RB).