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Liberty Ranked No. 25 in Sports Network Poll

September 27, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Ranked No. 25 in Sports Network Poll

Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 College Poll

FCS Coaches Poll

After playing No. 3 James Madison to a seven-point game on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va., Liberty remains ranked in the Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 College Poll, as announced by the organization earlier today.

Liberty dropped a 10-3 decision to the nationally ranked Dukes in a defensive struggle at Bridgeforth Stadium. Stingy defense dominated the evening contest, as James Madison just edged Liberty in total offensive yards, 283 to 264.

With the setback, Liberty's second-straight seven-point loss, Liberty dropped three spots in the Sports Network ranking to No. 25. The Flames fell five spots in the FCS Coaches poll, from No. 21 to the first team not inside the Top 25 but still receiving votes.

In the Sports Network listing, Liberty garnered 332 votes to grab the No. 25 spot. The Flames edged out McNeese State (324 votes) and rank behind No. 24 Southern Illinois (421 votes), who is coming off a 31-28 loss to previously unranked Youngstown State.

Liberty finished just 13 votes shy of making the FCS Coaches poll Top 25, as the Flames pulled in 58 votes. Central Arkansas, who is 3-1 on the year and coming off a 41-14 loss to FBS opponent Tulsa, moved up from being a program receiving votes to No. 25 with 71 votes.

Liberty was one of 10 Top 25 programs to suffer a loss on Saturday, as the Flames were part of six match-ups that featured a clash between two nationally ranked programs.

Richmond was the program that suffered the most from a loss in those six Top 25 match-ups following its 34-13 setback Delaware in a CAA battle. The Spiders dropped from No. 5 to No. 11 in the Sports Network polls and No. 12 in the FCS Coaches listing, while the Blue Hens jumped up to No. 5 in both rankings.

The top four in both listings remained the same, with Appalachian State remaining No. 1 in the FCS Coaches poll and Villanova still ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network listing. James Madison remained No. 3 in both listings.

Dating back to the second week of the 2008 season, Liberty has been ranked inside the Top 25 for 26 out of the last 34 weekly polls (including preseason and end of the year rankings).

Following three-straight road games, Liberty returns home to host Savannah State on Saturday for the grand re-opening of Williams Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.