Liberty remained unbeaten in Big South play, but it took two extra periods for the Flames to pick up the 27-20 double overtime victory over visiting Presbyterian College, Saturday afternoon, inside of Williams Stadium.
Included with today's news and notes is the Flames Sports Network's radio postgame interview with head football coach Danny Rocco, plus a radio recap and highlights.
Throughout the season, LibertyFlames.com will run a similar feature online each Sunday, spotlighting the notable accomplishments and numbers from the previous day's gridiron battle.
News and Notes from the Presbyterian College game: Presbyterian College Series Highlights: • Liberty is now 5-4 all-time against Presbyterian College, having won the last three meetings. • Liberty is a perfect 3-0 when facing Presbyterian College in Big South games. • The Flames have also won their last three meetings against Presbyterian College inside of Williams Stadium. Big South Highlights: • With its victory over Charleston Southern, Liberty becomes the first Big South program in league history to begin conference play 4-0 for five-consecutive seasons. • Liberty's all-time Big South record under head coach Danny Rocco is now 25-4 (86.2 percent). • Presbyterian College snapped a 13-game streak where Liberty had scored 30 or more points at home against Big South foes. Overtime Highlights: • Liberty and Presbyterian College's game was decided in double overtime, marking the ninth overtime game in program history. • Liberty snapped a two-game losing skid in overtime with its victory over Presbyterian College, pushing Liberty's all-time overtime record to 4-5. • Prior to the Presbyterian College game, Liberty's last overtime game was a 48-41 setback to William & Mary on Sept. 15, 2007. • Prior to the victory against Presbyterian College, Liberty's last overtime victory was a 49-42 win over Hofstra on Nov. 22, 2003. • The game against Presbyterian College was just the second time (in nine Liberty overtimes games) that was not decided during the first overtime period. Offensive Highlights: • For the first time in four games, Liberty was held below 30 points, finishing the Presbyterian College game with 27 points scored. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 7 in the country in scoring offense, as the Flames are averaging 36.33 points per game. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty has outscored its Big South foes 104-0 before they could score their first points in the game (Gardner-Webb: 21-0; Coastal Carolina 42-0; Charleston Southern: 38-0; Presbyterian College: 3-0). • During its four Big South games this season, Liberty has outscored Big South opponents 104-10 during the first half of the game. • The Flames are currently on pace to score 400 points exactly this season, which would mark the fifth-straight season Liberty has scored 400 or more points in a year. • For the sixth time in nine games this year, Liberty finished a game with 400 or more total offensive yards (468). • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 20 nationally in total offense (423.22 yards per game). • Liberty has now amassed 400 or more total offensive yards in 38 of its 65 games under head coach Danny Rocco (58.5 percent). • For the fifth time in six games and six times overall this season, Liberty finished a game with 20 or more first downs (23). • Liberty currently ranks No. 23 nationally in first down offense following the Presbyterian College game (21.33 per game). • For the third-straight game and fourth time in the last five contests, the Flames finished the game with double-digit rushing first downs (10). • For the third time this season and the 26th time under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty rushed for 200 or more yards in a game (204). • During the first four games of the season, Liberty rushed for 414 yards and four touchdowns (103.5 yards and 1.0 TDs per game). • During the last five games of the season, Liberty has rushed for 1,059 yards and 15 touchdowns (211.8 yards and 3.0 TDs per game). • For the seventh time this season and the 43rd time under head coach Danny Rocco, Liberty finished a game with 200 or more passing yards (264). • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 24 nationally in passing offense (258.44 yards per game). • For the just the second time this season, Liberty was limited to just a single touchdown pass, the game-winning 25-yarder from Mike Brown to Chris Summers in double overtime. • For the fifth-straight game, Liberty's offensive line allowed only one sack and the Flames now rank No. 44 nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.56). • The Flames finished the game with a season-best 10-of-19 on third-down conversions against Presbyterian College. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 2 nationally in third-down conversion efficiency (51.69 percent/61-of-118). • The Flames managed to pick up a new set of downs on 1-of-2 fourth-down plays and now rank No. 11 nationally in fourth-down conversion efficiency (70.00 percent/7-of-10). • The Flames finished the Presbyterian College game by amassing a season-best 34:42 time of possession. Defensive Highlights: • For the second-straight game and the third time this season, Liberty allowed an opponent to amass 400 or more total offensive yards (401). • The last time Liberty allowed back-to-back opponents to rack up 400 or more total offensive yards was in 2008 (Youngstown State – 427 yards, Coastal Carolina – 534 yards). • Liberty has now allowed a total of 14 different opponents to accumulate 400 or more total offensive yards under head coach Danny Rocco. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 21 in the country in total defense (315.11 yards allowed per game). • Presbyterian College became the fourth Big South foe this year Liberty has held scoreless during the first quarter of the game. • Presbyterian College was held scoreless until midway through the third quarter, meaning the Flames have allowed a total of 10 points during the first half of four Big South games this year. • Presbyterian College became the second Big South foe and fifth opponent overall this season to score 20 or more points in a game against the Flames. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 14 in scoring defense (18.89 points per game allowed). • Presbyterian College rushed for an opponent season-high 287 yards against the Flames on Saturday (previous opponent high was 173 yards by James Madison). • Presbyterian College ended a string of four-straight games without an opponent rushing touchdown, as the Blue Hose finished the game with two rushing touchdowns. • Presbyterian College rushing for 287 yards marked just the 11th time in 65 games under head coach Danny Rocco an opponent has rushed for 200 or more yards in a game. • For the first time since the 2002 season, Liberty allowed a pair of running backs to surpass the 100-yard mark on the ground, as Presbyterian College's Lance Byrd finished the game with 111 rushing yards and Ryan Singer added 108 rushing yards. • The last time a pair of opponents rushed for 100 yards in the same game was in 2002, when VMI's T.J. Snelling (125 yards) and Sean Mizzer (121 yards) on Oct. 26, 2002. • The Flames limited Presbyterian College to 114 passing yards, the second-lowest opponent passing total this season (lowest was 66 yards by Kentucky Wesleyan). • Liberty did not allow Presbyterian College to throw a touchdown on Saturday, marking the fourth time this season the Flames have held an opponent without a passing touchdown. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 25 nationally in passing defense (179.78 passing yards allowed per game). • For the fifth time this year and the second time since Big South play has begun, Liberty lost the turnover battle on Saturday (2 INTs for Liberty and one fumble lost by Presbyterian College). • Liberty's defense only allowed Presbyterian College to convert on 3-of-14 third-down plays on Saturday, which is tied for the second fewest opponent third-down conversions this season. • Following the Presbyterian College game, Liberty now ranks No. 36 in third-down conversion efficiency defense (35.07 percent/47-of-134). • Presbyterian College failed to convert on its lone fourth-down play on Saturday, which has the Flames now ranked No. 3 nationally in fourth-down conversion efficiency defense (17.65 percent/3-of-17). Special Teams Highlights: • Liberty tied its second-lowest total return yards of the season against Presbyterian College, finishing the game with 45 total special teams return yards (four kickoff yards and 41 punt return yards). • Liberty picked up most of its special teams return yards on one play, when Ervin Garner returned a punt 41 yards late in the fourth quarter to set up Liberty's first touchdown of the game. • Liberty recorded its fourth blocked kick of the season on a 33-yard field goal attempt during the third quarter. • Liberty held Presbyterian College to four kickoff returns for 64 yards (14.0 average) and now ranks No. 24 in the country in kickoff return yardage defense (18.89 yards allowed per return). • Despite only one kickoff return for four yards, Liberty still ranks No. 6 nationally in average yards per kickoff return (25.33). • Liberty is one of three FCS teams in the country with two kickoff returns for a touchdown in 2011 (joined by Nicholls State and Massachusetts). Mike Brown (R-Sr., QB) • Mike Brown finished the Presbyterian College game with 332 total offensive yards (264 passing yards and 68 rushing yards). • The Presbyterian College game marked the fifth time this year and the 13th time in his career Mike Brown has finished a game with 300 or more total offensive yards. • Following the game, Mike Brown now ranks No. 7 nationally in total offense (299.88 yards per game). • Mike Brown threw his 15th touchdown pass of the season against Presbyterian College and now ranks No. 10 nationally in points responsible for (16.25 per game). • With his 332 total offensive yards against Presbyterian College, Mike Brown (7,245) moved past Brock Smith (7,189) and Paul Johnson (6,915) on Liberty's career total offensive yards list. • Mike Brown now ranks No. 2 on Liberty's all-time career total offensive yards list behind No. 1 Robby Justino (8,806 yards). • With his performance against Presbyterian College, Mike Brown became the sixth player in Big South history with 7,000 career total offensive yards. • Mike Brown now ranks No. 4 in Big South history with 7,254 total offensive yards. • Mike Brown tied his third-highest, single-game completed pass total with 24 against Presbyterian College. • Mike Brown has now completed 20 or more passes in five of the eight games he has played this season. • Mike Brown's 264 passing yards moved him into fifth place on Liberty's all-time career passing yards list with 5,425 career passing yards (moved past Phil Basso – 5,410 yards). Aldreakis Allen (R-So., RB) • For the second week in a row, Aldreakis Allen finished a game with a new career high rushing total, as he ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns against Presbyterian College. • The previous week, Aldreakis Allen rushed for 126 yards against Charleston Southern. • The 131-yard outing against Presbyterian College marked the second time this season and the fourth time in his career Aldreakis Allen has rushed for 100 or more yards in a game. • For the second time this year and the fifth time in his career, Aldreakis Allen has finished a game with multiple rushing touchdowns. • Aldreakis Allen's career-high 131 rushing yards against Presbyterian College leave him 12 shy of 1,000 rushing yards for his career (988). • Should Aldreakis Allen pick up 12 rushing yards against VMI next week, Liberty would have three 1,000 career yard rushers on their team (Mike Brown – 1,820 yards and Sirchauncey Holloway – 1,083 yards). • During his first five games played this year, Aldreakis Allen totaled 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns (21.0 yards and 0.4 TDs per game). • During the last three games of the season, Aldreakis Allen has totaled 353 rushing yards and four touchdowns (117.68 yards and 1.3 TDs per game). • Aldreakis Allen finished the Presbyterian College game with three receptions for 30 yards, giving him 161 all-purpose yards during the game. • Aldreakis Allen currently leads the Flames with 720 total all-purpose yards (90.0 per game). Chris Summers (R-Sr., WR) • Chris Summers led the Flames with six receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown against Presbyterian College. • Chris Summers caught the game winning touchdown on the first play of the second overtime period, a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mike Brown. • With his six receptions against Presbyterian College, Chris Summers needs just six more career receptions to tie Liberty's all-time receptions leader Pat Nelson (176). • With his 76 receiving yards against Presbyterian College, Chris Summers (2,388) moved past Courtney Freeman for third place on Liberty's all-time career receiving yards list (2,381). • Entering the last two regular season games of the year, Chris Summers needs 59 receiving yards to match No. 2 Pat Nelson (2,447) on Liberty's all-time career receiving yards list and 158 yards to tie Liberty's all-time leader Kelvin Edwards (2,546). Pat Kelly (Jr., WR) • Pat Kelly finished second on the team against Presbyterian College, finishing the game with five receptions for 55 yards. • Pat Kelly has finished three games this year with five or more receptions and six out of the seven games he has played in with 50 or more receiving yards. Ervin Garner (R-Sr., WR) • Ervin Garner finished the Presbyterian College game with a season-best five receptions for a total of 40 yards. • Ervin Garner's five receptions against Presbyterian College tied a single-game career-high for the senior, as he also had five receptions against Robert Morris in 2010. • Ervin Garner also had a career-long 41-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter to set up Liberty's first touchdown of the game and give the Flames a 13-10 lead. • Ervin Garner's previous career-long punt return was a 39-yarder against Kentucky Wesleyan earlier this season. Mike Larsson (Sr., P) • Mike Larsson finished the Presbyterian College game with four punts for 164 yards. • Mike Larsson finished the Presbyterian College game averaging 41.0 yards per punt, marking the 18th time in his career the senior has finished a game averaging 40.0 or more yards per game. • Mike Larsson has averaged 40 or more yards per punt in eight of nine games this year and 14 of his last 15 games. • With his four punts against Presbyterian College, Mike Larsson continues to narrowly maintain the minimum number of punts to qualify for national punting statistics (NCAA minimum – 3.6 punts per game … Larsson averaging 3.67 punts per game). • Following the Presbyterian College game, Mike Larsson currently ranks No. 7 nationally in punting average (43.00 yards per punt). • Mike Larsson placed two of his four punts inside of Presbyterian College's 20-yard line, giving him 47 career punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line (38.2 percent/47-of-123). Matt Bevins (Sr., K) • A game after becoming the Big South's all-time leading scorer with 305 career points, Matt Bevins missed his third game of the year with an injury against Presbyterian College. • Matt Bevins is one of five active FCS kickers in the country with 300 or more career points scored. Nick Sigmon (R-Fr., LB) • Nick Sigmon posted his second-straight double-tackle effort to lead the Flames with 10 stops against Presbyterian College on Saturday. • Through nine games this season, Liberty has only had three players finish a game with 10 or more tackles (Nick Sigmon twice and Brandon Robinson against James Madison). • Following his 10-stop effort against Presbyterian College, Nick Sigmon now leads the Flames on the season with 51 stops. • Seven of his 10 tackles against Presbyterian College were solo tackles, marking a new career high (had five solo stops against N.C. State and Charleston Southern). • Nick Sigmon also had 1.5 tackles for a loss (two yards), giving him second place on Liberty's roster with 6.5 tackles for a loss this season. Scott Hyland (So., LB) • Scott Hyland finished the Presbyterian College game with eight tackles (two solo, six assisted). • Scott Hyland's eight-tackle effort against Presbyterian College marked a new career high, bettering his previous career high of six stops earlier this year against Robert Morris and Gardner-Webb. • Scott Hyland also set a new career high against Presbyterian College with six assisted tackles, bettering his previous career high of three against four different opponents. • Scott Hyland recorded his third sack of the season, a 12-yard loss on the second to last play during the second overtime period. Brent Vinson (Jr., DB) • Brent Vinson tied for second on the team against Presbyterian College, finishing the game with eight tackles (one solo, seven assisted). • The eight-tackle effort matched a season and career high for Brent Vinson, as he also finished this year's Robert Morris game with eight stops, as well as eight tackles against Charleston Southern in 2009. • With his eight tackles against Presbyterian College, Brent Vinson needs just two more tackles to become Liberty's third active player with 100 career tackles (98 total/48 solo, 50 assisted). • Brent Vinson also added two quarterback hurries during the Presbyterian College game, giving the junior three on the season. Kevin Fogg (Jr., DB) • Kevin Fogg finished the Presbyterian College game with seven stops (six solo, one assisted). • Kevin Fogg's seven-stop effort against Presbyterian College is his second-high single game total of the season (eight against James Madison). • Kevin Fogg finished the Presbyterian College game with six solo stops, the second-highest single-game total of his career (seven earlier this year against James Madison). Brandon Robinson (R-Sr., DB) • After becoming Liberty's second active defender with 100 career tackles last week at Charleston Southern, Brandon Robinson finished the Presbyterian College game with seven tackles (four solo, three assisted). • Following the Presbyterian College game, Brandon Robinson now has 109 career tackles, ranking only behind nose guard Asa Chapman for the program's active career tackles leader (118). • Brandon Robinson's seven-stop effort against Presbyterian College is his second-best single-game tally this season (finished with 10 stops against James Madison). Asa Chapman (Sr., NG) • Asa Chapman finished the Presbyterian College game with a career-best six solo stops (previous career high was four against Kentucky Wesleyan earlier this season). • All six of Asa Chapman's tackles against Presbyterian College were solo stops. • Asa Chapman's six tackles against Presbyterian College marked the second-highest single-game total of his career (seven tackles earlier this year against Gardner-Webb). • Asa Chapman recorded his first sack of the season (six yard loss) and the third of his Liberty career. Chris Mayo (R-So., DB) • Chris Mayo finished the Presbyterian College game with six tackles, all assisted stops. • The six assisted tackles by Chris Mayo against Presbyterian College were the second-highest single-game total of his career (seven assisted tackles against St. Francis, Pa., in 2010). • Chris Mayo's six-stop effort against Presbyterian College is his second-highest single-game total of the season (matching his six-stop effort against Lehigh). Hunter Steward (R-So., DL) • Hunter Steward blocked his first career kick at Liberty, stopping an attempted 33-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
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