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Game Day Central: Kentucky Wesleyan

September 28, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Kentucky Wesleyan

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Note: Includes all important Game Day links (Live Stats, Live Video, Goodman Stadium info, Directions, Parking, Ticket information, etc.)

Games Notes:
Kentucky Wesleyan Game Notes

Television Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Liberty Channel - Local Coverage
(WTLU regionally in Lynchburg market)
Game Will be Carried Live

WSET 13.2 - Local/Regional Coverage
(WSET 13.2 is the Digital 2 station for WSET - Channel 13 in the Lynchburg/Roanoke markets)
Game Will be Carried Live - National Coverage
(Web-based internet stream from ESPN)
Game Will be Carried Live

MASN - Local/Regional Coverage
Game Will be Carried Same Day Delayed
Game will air at 9:30 a.m. (10/2/11)

JCTV - National Coverage
Game Will be Carried on a Delayed Basis

Christian Television Network - Regional Coverage
Game Will be Carried Live

Additional Live Coverage:
WFMZ - Channel 69 (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Pregame Tailgating Show:
5:30 p.m.

Broadcast - Kickoff:
7 p.m. vs. Kentucky Wesleyan

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

Today's Game
The Flames will close out the non-conference portion of their regular season schedule when they welcome the Panthers of Kentucky Wesleyan to Williams Stadium for the first time since the 2003 season.

Second Time Around
For the third time this season, Liberty will be squaring off against an opponent for the second time in the all-time series when hosting Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday night. Liberty was victorious over the Panthers during the series' first meeting, posting a 47-7 victory inside of Williams Stadium on Sept. 20, 2003.

Top 25 Tumbles
Last weekend, Liberty was one of nine Top 25 FCS programs in the country to fall. No. 23 Liberty dropped a heartbreaking 27-24 decision to No. 15/16 Lehigh, which has the Flames outside of the Top 25 rankings for the first time since October of 2009.

Last Chance
Today's match-up with Kentucky Wesleyan marks Liberty's final contest before the Flames begin their quest for a fifth-straight Big South Conference title. Since Big South play started in the 2002, Liberty is 3-6 in its final tune-up before league play open. However, the Flames are 3-2 during the final game before opening league play under head coach Danny Rocco, having posted wins during their last non-conference game in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Aerial Assault
Liberty narrowly missed tying a season high on Saturday against Lehigh, as the Flames finished the game against the Mountain Hawks with 297 passing yards. Liberty's passing game has guided the Flames offense in 2011, as the team is averaging 288.75 passing yards per game, a mark that ranks No. 14 nationally in passing offense.

Picking Off Passes
For the second time this year, Liberty finished a game with multiple interceptions, with both picks coming via a strong defensive effort by Walt Aikens against Lehigh. Liberty has intercepted five passes through four games in 2011 and currently ranks No. 18 nationally in passes intercepted.

Move Those Chains
The Flames finished the Lehigh game with a season-best eight third-down conversions, picking up a new set of downs on 8-of-16 third-down plays. Liberty has been one of the top teams in the country in terms of third-down efficiency in 2011. The Flames rank No. 5 nationally by picking up a new set of downs 50.94 percent of the time (27-of-53).

Sack Attack
Facing one of the more allusive quarterbacks the Flames will face in 2011, Liberty was only able to record one sack against Lehigh senior Chris Lum. Despite the season-low figure, the Flames still rank as one of the nation's top programs in terms of sacks. Liberty enters today's game against Kentucky Wesleyan ranked No. 18 in the country, with the Flames averaging 2.75 sacks per game through four contests.

Brown Nearing Another Mark
Mike Brown finished the Lehigh game with two passing touchdowns, giving the senior seven for the season and 34 for his career at Liberty. The senior needs just one more career touchdown pass to crack Liberty's top five all-time career touchdown passes list, as Ben Anderson finished his four-year career with 35 career touchdown passes (1994-97).

He Does it All
Once again, Mike Brown continued to be Liberty's top offensive weapon. The senior accounted for 361 of Liberty's 404 total offensive yards against Lehigh (89.3 percent). On the season, the Walter Payton Award candidate has amassed 84.7 percent of Liberty's total offense (1,302 of 1,537 yards) and currently ranks No. 5 nationally in total offensive yards per game (325.5).

Career Day for Chris
Chris Summers had a career day against Lehigh, as the All-America wide receiver finished the game with 15 receptions for 205 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Chris Summers previous career high for receptions was 14 (against Lafayette in 2009) and 146 yards (against Ball State in 2010).

Joining the 200 Club
Liberty only has two receivers in the 39-yard history of the football program to finish a single game with 200 or more receiving yards and both players are currently on Liberty's roster. Chris Summers joined the elite list this past weekend, finishing the Lehigh game with a career-high 205 receiving yards. Junior Pat Kelly was the inaugural member of the club after setting a single-game program record with 235 receiving yards to close out the 2010 season against Stony Brook.

Chart Topper
Liberty has a new all-time leader in career touchdown receptions after Chris Summers finished the Lehigh game with two scoring catches. After his sixth multiple receiving touchdown game of his career, Summers now has 23 career receiving touchdowns, surpassing the previous record of 22 held by Liberty Athletics Hall of Famer Kelvin Edwards (1982-85).

Kevin is the Kickoff King
Kevin Fogg has continually given Liberty prime field position this season, as he is having a nationally recognized season in terms of kickoff return yardage. The junior finished the Lehigh game by returning three kickoffs for 95 yards, averaging 31.7 yards per return. The single-game average was just slightly above his season average (31.25), which ranks No. 8 nationally.

Picture of Consistency
For the 10th game in a row, punter Mike Larsson finished a game with a punt that sailed 50 or more yards, hitting the number on the nose with a 50-yard boot during the third quarter. The longer punts have helped boost Larsson's game average, as the senior has finished the last 10 games with a punting average above the 40.0 yards per punt mark.