Like a good old-fashioned heavyweight fight, Liberty and Stony Brook went toe-to-toe, Saturday afternoon, inside of LaValle Stadium. Tied 31-31 going into the fourth quarter, Stony Brook was able to score twice during the last 15 minutes, while holding Liberty scoreless to secure the 2011 Big South championship with a 41-31 victory.
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 has 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 Stony Brook game: Big South notes: • The Liberty vs. Stony Brook game featured the first-ever meeting between two teams with 5-0 Big South records. • With the victory, Stony Brook became the first program in Big South history to finish a conference season with a 6-0 record. • With the victory, Stony Brook brings to an end Liberty's four-year run as Big South champions and is the league's first outright champion since 2008. • For the third season in a row, Liberty finishes Big South play with a 5-1 record and is now 33-13 all-time in 10 years of Big South Conference competition. Liberty's 2011 Senior Class: • Saturday marked the final game for 17 members of Liberty's roster: Matt Bevins, Aaron Brown, Mike Brown, Leo Cardenas, Asa Chapman, Mike Connolly, Ervin Garner, B.J. Hayes, Jeffery Henderson, Mike Larsson, KaJuan Lee, Julian Poindexter, Brandon Robinson, Tommy Shaver, Chris Summers, Mark Tomlin and Toney White. • This year's senior class finishes their careers with a 33-12 overall record, a 20-3 mark in Big South play and three Big South titles (2008, 2009 and 2010). • This year's senior class is the second winningest senior class in program history, finishing just behind last year's senior class that completed their four-year run at Liberty with a 34-11 overall record. • This year's senior class is only the third senior class in program history to win more than 30 games during their four-year careers (2009: 32-13; 2010: 34-11). General Notes from the Stony Brook game: • With the loss, the Flames fail to reach the eight-win mark for the first time since the 2006 season, head coach Danny Rocco's first year with the program. • Liberty finishes the season with a 7-4 record, marking the sixth-straight year Liberty has posted a winning record. Offensive Notes vs. Stony Brook: • Liberty scored 31 points against Stony Brook on Saturday, giving the Flames 395 points scored in 2011. • The figure leaves Liberty five points shy of crossing the 400-point threshold for the fifth-consecutive season (2007: 469; 2008: 404; 2009: 400; 2010: 401). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finishes up its season ranked No. 7 in the country in scoring offense (35.91 points per game). • For the third-straight game and the eighth time this season, Liberty finished a game with 20 or more first downs (23 against Stony Brook). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finishes up its season ranked No. 20 in first down offense (21.45 per game). • The Flames had their second-highest passing total of the season, finishing the Stony Brook game with 361 passing yards (season high was 363 yards against Gardner-Webb). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finishes up its season ranked No. 18 in the country in passing offense (270.27 yards per game). • For the third-straight game and the eighth time this season, Liberty finished a game with 400 or more total offensive yards (Liberty finished the Stony Brook game with 462 total offensive yards). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finished up its season ranked No. 19 in total offense (426.45 yards per game). • For the sixth time this season, Liberty lost the turnover battle in a game, as the Flames gave the ball away three times to Stony Brook (one interception and two fumbles), while not being able to force any Seawolves miscues. • Stony Brook took advantage of Liberty's three turnovers, converting on all three to tally 17 total points (two touchdowns and one field goal). • For the seventh time this season, Liberty lost the time of possession battle, with Stony Brook taking a 32:43 to 27:17 edge. • Stony Brook won the TOP battle during the second half, as the Seawolves finished the final 30 minutes of play with a 22:17 to 7:43 TOP advantage (13:08 to 1:52 during the fourth quarter). • The Flames finished the Stony Brook game by converting on 7-of-14 third-down plays and currently rank No. 2 nationally in third-down conversion efficiency (51.05/73-of-143). • Liberty's offense allowed Stony Brook to sack quarterback Mike Brown three times, the most sacks allowed by the Flames since James Madison finished with three earlier this season. Defensive Notes vs. Stony Brook: • The Flames surrendered their second-highest point total of the season, allowing Stony Brook to score 41 points on Saturday (season high was 43 points by N.C. State). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game allowed). • Stony Brook finished the game with an opponent season-high 30 first downs (previous high coming into the game was 23 first downs by Charleston Southern). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty now ranks No. 39 in the country in first down defense (17.91 allowed per game … Liberty came into the game ranked No. 18 in the nation by allowing 16.70 first downs per game). • Stony Brook tied an opponent season high by rushing for 287 yards against Liberty (Presbyterian College also rushed for 287 yards against Liberty). • Stony Brook finished the game with 537 total offensive yards, marking a new opponent season high (previous opponent season high was 424 yards by Lehigh). • Following the Stony Brook game, Liberty finishes its season ranked No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards allowed per game). • The 537 total offensive yards tallied by Stony Brook marked just the fifth time an opponent has amassed 500 or more total offensive yards in a game under head coach Danny Rocco. Mike Brown (R-Sr., QB) • Mike Brown posted his 15th and final 300-yard game of his career against Stony Brook, finishing the game with a season-best 393 total offensive yards (361 passing, 22 rushing). • Mike Brown's 361 passing yards against Stony Brook fell two yards short of his personal career high of 363 yards set earlier this year against Gardner-Webb. • Mike Brown factored into three of Liberty's four touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and now ranks No. 7 nationally in points responsible for (16.60 per game). • Mike Brown rushed for two touchdowns against Stony Brook, which gives him sole possession of No. 9 on Liberty's all-time rushing touchdown list with 29 (came into the game tied with Kim Raynor with 27 career rushing touchdowns). Chris Summers (R-Sr., WR) • Chris Summers capped off his stellar career at Liberty with a new career single-game high, as he caught 10 passes for 240 yards against Stony Brook. • Chris Summers' 240 receiving yards against Stony Brook set a new program and Big South single-game record, surpassing Pat Kelly's 235 yards against Stony Brook in 2010. • With his 240 receiving yards, Chris Summers became Liberty's all-time career receiving yards leader with 2,712 yards (surpassing Kelvin Edwards' previous record of 2,546 yards). • Chris Summers finishes his career with 2,712 receiving yards, which ranks No. 2 on the Big South's all-time list and just eight yards behind Coastal Carolina's Jerome Simpson (2,720 yards). Mike Larsson (Sr., P) • Mike Larsson was only called upon to punt once against Stony Brook, connecting on a 46-yard punt. • His performance against Stony Brook marked the 19th time Mike Larsson has finished a game with a 40-plus yard punting average. • Mike Larsson finished the 2011 season with a 42.8 punting average, besting his own school record of a 41.7 punting average set last season. Matt Bevins (Sr., K) • Matt Bevins connected on all four of his point-after attempts against Stony Brook on Saturday, allowing him to extend his program and Big South career scoring record to 309 points. Kevin Fogg (Jr., DB/RS) • Kevin Fogg returned five kickoffs for a total of 142 yards against Stony Brook on Saturday, giving him four games this season with 100 or more total kickoff return yards. • With his 142 yards against Stony Brook, Kevin Fogg set a new single-season program kickoff return record with 771 yards (surpassing the previous record of 692 yards by Adrian Hall in 2002). • Following the Stony Brook game, Kevin Fogg continues to lead the country in kickoff return average, as the junior is averaging 33.5 yards per return. Brandon Robinson (Sr., DB) • Brandon Robinson posted a career-high tackle total in his final collegiate game, finishing the Stony Brook game with a team-high 15 tackles (five solo, 10 assisted). • Brandon Robinson's previous career high was 10 tackles earlier this year against James Madison. Chris Mayo (So., DB) • Chris Mayo finished the Stony Brook game with a career-high 13 tackles (four solo, nine assisted). • Chris Mayo's previous single-game career high was 10 tackles to start the 2010 season against St. Francis, Pa. • With his 13 stops against Stony Brook, Chris Mayo became the fourth player on Liberty's roster to surpass the 100-career tackle threshold (101 career stops). o Note: Chris Mayo and KaJuan Lee shared on a tackle late in the fourth quarter, each accounting for their 100th career tackles on the same play. KaJuan Lee (R-Sr., DB) • KaJuan Lee tied a season high with seven tackles against Stony Brook (four solo, three assisted), matching his seven-stop effort against Robert Morris earlier this year. • With his seven stops against Stony Brook, KaJuan Lee became the fourth player on Liberty's roster to surpass the 100-career tackle threshold (101 career stops). o Note: Chris Mayo and KaJuan Lee shared on a tackle late in the fourth quarter, each accounting for their 100th career tackles on the same play.
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